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We survey Canadians and Americans to explore their perspectives on COVID-19 and other current events. Stay up to date on the latest trends and discover our most recent results below.
This survey is conducted in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and published in the Canadian Press. This series of surveys is available on Leger’s website.
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The Federal Budget
- Canadians think the April 19 federal budget should focus on tax reductions for average Canadians (35%) rather than increased spending on pandemic programs (25%), spending reductions to reduce the deficit (17%), or tax relief for small businesses (12%).
- 68% of Canadians agree that the federal budget should lay out a plan to shift Canada’s economy away from fossil fuels toward renewable and alternative energy production.
The Deficit and the Next Election
- 71% of Canadians and 69% of Americans are worried about the size of the current federal deficit in their respective countries.
- Only 14% of Canadians would prefer to have a federal election this spring.
This web survey was conducted from April 9, 2021 to April 11, 2021 with 1,504 Canadians and 1,002 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.
For comparison, a probability sample of 1,504 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.53%, 19 times out of 20, while a probability sample of 1,002 would have a margin of error of ±3.09%, 19 times out of 20.
THIS REPORT CONTAINS THE RESULTS FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND MORE!
- A new federal budget will be presented by the government on April 19, the first budget since the pandemic. What do you feel should be the focus of this budget?
- Would you agree or disagree that this budget should lay out a plan to shift Canada’s economy away from fossil fuels and other environmentally unfriendly practices and instead focus on sustainable economic practices focussed on renewable and alternative energy production?
- The current federal deficit is estimated to be about $380 billion/$3.3 trillion, which is the largest deficit in the country’s history. Does the size of the deficit and what it means for future government actions worry or not worry you?
- A new budget must be voted on in the House of Commons. If it does not pass, it would cause a national election. Regardless of what might be in the budget, would you prefer an election this spring, this fall or later?