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Canada’s health care system has serious problems, so why isn’t this election about them?

October 9, 2015 – In every survey we’ve conducted during this election campaign, we’ve asked Canadians to name their two most important issues. And in every survey, we see between one-fifth and one-quarter of the population naming health care. The

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Will uncertain voters follow their heads or their hearts?

October 7, 2015 – Election polls ask voters lots of interesting questions that end up getting ignored as the electoral beast’s insatiable hunger for new “horserace” (party standings) numbers blinds it to more nuanced findings. We at the Angus Reid Institute

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On foreign policy, trade trumps, but can any party turn the TPP into votes?

October 5, 2015 – Not sure what to think about the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Don’t worry, neither are 46 per cent of your fellow Canadians. That can’t come as gobsmacking news, given that until Monday morning, there was scant detail to

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Judge online polling by real-world accuracy, not academic theory

I’ve covered almost 40 elections over the past eight years – all of them using online panels that I built in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. while I was CEO of Vision Critical. In that time, our record has

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Duffy trial testimony ensures Senate scandal won’t fade into campaign background

August 21, 2015 – When the Mike Duffy trial breaks on Aug. 28, will the Senate affair fade into the background as media coverage moves on to other things? Or will it have a longer-lasting impact, perhaps even scuttling the

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How close is the 2015 election? Historically close

August 19, 2015 – With nearly every national poll showing a tight, three-way race between the Conservatives, Liberals, and New Democrats heading into this October’s election, it’s worth noting just how historic such a result would be. Historically, Canadian elections

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