AmericasBarometer 2012

The public speaks on democracy and governance in Canada and across the Americas

• How do Canadians feel about democracy in Canada today?

• What tolerance do Canadians have for political dissent (through          demonstrations, etc.)?

• How much confidence does the public have in the justice system?

• How engaged are citizens in their local communities?

How have such opinions among Canadians changed over the past    few years?

• And how do such opinions compare with those of Americans, Mexicans, and citizens in Central and South American                 countries?

These are among the central questions addressed in a major survey just completed by the Environics Institute, as the Canadian partner of a 26 country study called the AmericasBarometer. The AmericasBarometer ( is a multi-country public opinion survey on democratic values and behaviours in the Americas, conducted every two years by a consortium of academic and think tank partners in the hemisphere.

In each country, the survey is conducted with a representative sample of voting-age adults, in some cases including oversamples to provide for analysis at the regional level.  Surveys are conducted face-to-face with respondents in their households, except in the USA and Canada where surveys are conducted online using established Internet panels.  Surveys undergo pre-testing, and translation into major languages used in each country.  AmericasBarometer survey data are publicly available, with comprehensive reports produced at the country level.

Read the Executive Summary

Read the Full Report

Op-Ed published in Embassy Magazine

Detailed data tables for Canada

Detailed date tables for all 26 countries

For more information, contact Keith Neuman