September 30, 2022 —Pollara Strategic Insights’ second edition of the Rage Index shows Canadians’ mood improving after a summer of frustration, with the percentage of Canadians annoyed or angry across our tracking questions down 5 points this month.
One topic at the centre of high profile outbursts of rage over the past year is vaccine mandates. However, this poll shows only 23% of Canadians are annoyed or angry by the mandates – while nearly twice as many (43%) are pleased or happy with them. However, the mandates are a highly politicized issue, with three-in-ten Conservative voters and over seven-in-ten PPC voters very angry about them:
While the mandates themselves are not a source of widespread anger, they may be leading to increased frustration among Canada’s unvaccinated. This edition of the Rage Index finds that unvaccinated Canadians are significantly angrier about nearly all topics polled, with the majority of them annoyed or angry about the federal government (71%), provincial government (64%), Canadian economy (68%), personal financial situation (52%), and the types of changes happening in Canada (63%).
One topic generating significantly more widespread anger this month than vaccine mandates is the firing of Lisa LaFlamme. This news story has struck a nerve among women over 50, with 36% of them very angry and another 29% annoyed or moderately angry. Strikingly, this is as big a source of anger for women over 50 as inflation or delays in the healthcare system.