Now and then: How have Canadian views on politics and the economy changed over 2020?

Now and then: How have Canadian views on politics and the economy changed over 2020?
Posted on December 30, 2020 | Abacus Data | Written on December 30, 2020
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By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto

2020 was a year to remember, or perhaps to forget.

It started with rail blockades, wildfires in Australia, and Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 572 being shot down in Iran that killed 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents. A few weeks later, the Coronavirus was spreading around the world and starting in mid-March through the rest of the year, much of the country was facing serious restrictions on economic activity and social lives.

Given this unprecedented time, we were keen to track public attitudes and we interviewed more Canadians for our surveys than we have in any of our ten previous years in the business.

In this report, we do a quick comparison of some key tracking metrics comparing our first national survey in January 2020 with our last one in December 2020.


1 – The federal government’s approval rating and Prime Minister Trudeau’s personal image is better today than it was in January

2- None of the federal political parties find much more support than they did in January with the Liberals holding a slight advantage over the Conservatives at the end of 2020.

3 – Pessimism about the near term future of the economy is elevated compared to January, but personal financial confidence is remarkably similar to what we say at the beginning of the year.

Read the full report and polling data here;

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