Economy by Simon Cunningham is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Licence
Majority say Economic Action Plan
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 email@example.com
or at (416) 960-9603.