Majority of Canadians with opinion of USMCA are satisfied with final deal and Trudeau Government's handling of NAFTA negotiations

November 23, 2018 --- Our latest poll for Maclean's - and our third survey on the NAFTA negotiations and resulting USMCA free trade agreement - reveals that a majority of Canadians who hold an opinion on the subject have positive views of the USMCA deal and the Trudeau Government's handling of the NAFTA negotiations with the Trump Administration.

A four-in-ten plurality (42%) of Canadians approve of the new USMCA free trade agreement, whereas just over a third (36%) disapprove. However, among those holding an opinion about the deal, a majority (54%) express approval.

  • About two-in-ten (22%) either do not have an opinion or are unsure. This is consistent with our previous waves of research on the NAFTA negotiations as well as most public opinion research on free trade deals and foreign policy matters, wherein 20-25% of the public tends to answer Don't Know/Unsure to these questions, likely reflecting a lower level of public engagement or comfort with this subject matter.

Almost half (46%) of Canadians feel USMCA will be good (30%) or a mix of good and bad (16%) for Canada. Among those holding an opinion on this front, 55% feel it will be good (36%) or both good and bad (19%) for the country.

  • Canadians hold somewhat lower expectations of the deal's impact upon their province, with 40% expecting it will be good (27%) or a mix of good and bad (13%) for their province.
  • Almost half (45%) of Canadians feel the deal will be good (35%) or good and bad (10%) for Mexico.
  • Three-quarters (75%) feel the deal will be good (69%) or good and bad (6%) for the U.S.

Nearly half (47%) of Canadians – and 54% of those with an opinion – approve of the job the Trudeau Government did in the NAFTA/USMCA negotiations. Four-in-ten (39%) disapprove, and 14% are unsure.

A plurality (39%) of Canadians – and 49% of those with an opinion – feel that the Trudeau Government got the best possible deal, whereas 31% feel they should have continued negotiating for a better deal. Another 10% were opposed to any free trade agreement, and 20% are unsure.

  • Regionally speaking, positive assessments of the deal and the government’s performance are most likely to be found in Ontario, BC, and Atlantic Canada, followed by Alberta. Negative assessments are most likely to be found in Quebec, whereas middling sentiment is found in Manitoba/Saskatchewan.

See the full details in our report and associated data tables, as well as further perspective via John Geddes' article in Maclean's.

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The Change Foundation Releases Findings of Landmark Survey of 800 Ontario Caregivers

November 15, 2018 --- The Change Foundation today released their Spotlight on Ontario's Caregivers report, detailing the findings of their first annual survey of 800 caregivers in the province - that is, those family members, friends, or neighbours who provide care to someone without pay.

Pollara Strategic Insights is proud to be The Change Foundation's research partner in this landmark multi-year project, leading design, execution, and analysis of annual surveys of caregivers as well the creation, management, and moderation of an advisory panel of 100+ caregivers - hosted within Dialogue, our online panel management and qualitative discussion forum platform.

The Spotlight on Ontario's Caregivers report is the first of its kind in Ontario. It provides a profile of caregivers, their experiences, and their needs. The objectives for this study were to understand:

  • who caregivers are;
  • who caregivers are caring for;
  • what tasks caregivers are responsible for;
  • where caregivers are turning for information and support;
  • how caregiving impacts the lives and health of both the caregiver and the care receiver;
  • how caregivers feel about their role as part of the healthcare team; and
  • what additional supports or information could help caregivers in their role.

The report can be downloaded from The Change Foundation's website. In addition to hosting the annual survey reports, their Spotlight on Caregivers webpage will be updated regularly with caregiver stories and additional analyses of the survey data. Check it often.

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A Majority (55%) of Canadians Prefer a Pharmacare Program that Complements rather than Replaces Existing Drug Plans

October 19, 2018 --- The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada today released the results of a national survey about pharmacare. Pollara Strategic Insights conducted the online survey of 4,173 adult Canadians on behalf of the Association from July 27 to August 3, 2018.

The study found that public engagement on this subject is low, as pharmacare is not a top-of-mind policy or health care priority for Canadians. Thus, the public do not have a clear notion of the specifics of how pharmacare would be executed or the coverage it would provide.

When asked, most (84%) Canadians express conceptual support for a national universal prescription drug program, generally speaking. However, pharmacare is ranked a lower, less urgent, and less deserving priority than most other health care and non-health care issues tested in the survey.

When considering specific approaches to pharmacare, a majority (55%) prefer a program that maintains existing drug plans and either exclusively focusses on providing coverage to those without a plan (20%) or covers those without a plan and allows those with a plan to bill their insurer first and the government second (35%).

Only 30% prefer a program that covers all Canadians and replaces existing government and private plans, and just 15% prefer a program that only focusses on Canadians who face extreme or catastrophic circumstances that require expensive drugs.

For more details, including regional results, please see our report: Pharmacare in Canada: An Overview of Key Findings

Also, see today's Toronto Star article: Pharmacare is not a top health-care priority for Canadians

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