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Despite government focus on middle-class relief, Canadians’ economic anxiety persists

Alberta and Newfoundland residents continue to be most frustrated by economic issues

May 27, 2016 – While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s legislative agenda has drawn both praise and prompted debate through the first six months of the Liberal mandate, his party’s key campaign promise to improve the economic standing of middle-class Canadians remains largely unresolved, a new poll finds.

The latest Angus Reid Institute (ARI) analysis of quarterly survey results from more than 5,000 Canadian adults finds people in this country professing as much anxiety about the economy as ever, particularly in hard-hit Alberta, where the oil and gas industry’s struggles – coupled with the massive wildfire that destroyed large swaths of Fort McMurray this month – have some economists projecting the provincial economy will stay in recession into 2017.

Key Findings:Angus Reid poll

  • The top issue in the minds of Canadians remains the economy (34% rank it as one of the two most important issues facing the country), with the related issues of jobs/unemployment (21%) and the deficit/government spending (17%) also ranking highly
  • Canadians’ satisfaction on many policy files – including health care, foreign policy, and federal-provincial relations – has increased over the last several months, but the percentage of Canadians satisfied with the economy (39%) still lags below the percentage who are dissatisfied (51%)
  • Alberta residents continue to be among the most economically frustrated in the country, though they have company in Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans – half in each province (47% in Alberta; 50% in Newfoundland and Labrador) say they are worse off now than they were last year at this time

Link to the poll here:

Download .PDF (683 KB) with detailed tables, graphs and methodology.

Media Contact: 
Shachi Kurl: 604.908.1693
(mobile) @shachikurl

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