More than two-thirds of Canadians surveyed this week in a new poll said they thought an election would have a negative effect on the economy.
While only 28 per cent of Canadians said the election would affect their personal finances, the poll also found more than half (56 per cent) of Canadians believed the economy would suffer as a result of the federal election.
More than two in five respondents (72 per cent), meanwhile, said the federal budget would be a problem, and more than two thirds (68 per cent).
And the survey found that while more than four in five Canadians (72%) thought a federal budget was a good idea, more than three in five (77%) said a federal campaign would be bad for the economy and only four in ten (39%) said the economy wouldn’t suffer as the result of an election.
A full 70 per cent (71%) of those surveyed also said the budget is “a good idea” and that most Canadians would like to see it implemented.
But while half (50%) of Canadians agree that a federal government is “too powerful” and half (49%) agree that “government is too powerful”, half (51%) disagree and a further four in 10 (42%) say they are unsure.
And while only three in 10 Canadians think Canada should focus on trade deals with other countries, seven in ten say we should focus our efforts on jobs and the economy, while four in seven (72%) think the economy will be better when it’s focused on trade.
In other results:The poll was conducted online between Dec. 5 and 8, with 1,013 Canadians aged 18 and over, from all regions and all income levels, as well as 562 women, including those who are in the labour force, and 1,017 men, including self-employed and self-described self-identified as “other”.
Respondents were asked about four topics:1.
Do you think a national election would or should affect your personal finances?2.
Do the federal and provincial budgets have a lot of impact on your finances?3.
Do a national and provincial election candidates have a good or bad record?4.
Are the candidates doing a good job at managing the economy?1.
The pollster and pollsters, Ipsos Reid, has conducted this survey for the Global Forum of Public Opinion, an independent research company that provides data-driven research and opinion research to the public.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.