Majority say Economic Action Plan a failure

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Majority say Economic Action Plan a failure

Blame poor government planning for poor economy

TORONTO September 10th, 2015 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1308 Canadian voters, the majority, more than half, disagree the government’s Economic Action Plan has been successful (52%) while fewer than a quarter agree it has been (23%). As many as one quarter don’t know if it was successful or not (25%). Disagreeing with the success of the EAP is characteristic of mid aged groups (35 to 44 - 57%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 56%), in Atlantic Canada (65%), among Liberals (68%) and New Democrats (74%) and the best educated (post grad - 58%). Agreement the EAP was a success is common to Conservatives (63%) and Albertans (32%) and very few others.

Liberals seen to have best plan for jumpstarting economy

Close to 3-in-10 voters see the Liberals as having the best plan to jumpstart the economy and boost growth (29%), compared to about one quarter who see the Conservatives in this role (24%) and a fifth who opt for the NDP (21%).

Poor government planning, global downturn blamed for economy

One quarter of voters say the poor economy in Canada is the fault of poor government planning (25%) while a fifth blame the global economic downturn (21%) or the crash in world oil prices (19%). In a related reason, some blame Canada’s reliance on resource issues (14%). Few blame Bank of Canada monetary policies (3%).

Equal proportions say economy will get better, worse

One quarter of voters say the economy will get worse over the next year and one quarter say it will get better (25% each). Optimism is common to the oldest (33%), Albertans (33%) and Conservatives (33%). Pessimism is characteristic of the youngest (34%). Four-in-ten voters say the economy will stay the same as it is now next year (40%), while one tenth don’t have an opinion (10%).

 “This is one case where the government’s reliance on massive advertising campaigns didn’t have the desired effect, if it had any effect at all. They have spent literally hundreds of millions of dollars advertising the benefits of the Economic Action Plan, all, seemingly, to no visible effect," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.