Black Experience in the GTA

What does it mean to be a Black person today in Canada’s largest city?

The Environics Institute, in partnership with Ryerson University's Diversity Institute, United Way Toronto, and the YMCA of Greater Toronto, is launching a major new study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area. Come find out more at our public launch event on March 24, 2014.

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2014 Survey of Muslims in Canada

An upcoming update on the 2006 survey of the country's Muslim population

In 2006 the Environics Institute conducted the first-ever national survey of Muslims in Canada. Fast-forward to 2014, how are Muslims in Canada faring today? The Environics Institute, in partnership with the Tessellate Institute, the Olive Tree Foundation and the Inspirit Foundation, is planning a second national survey of Muslims in 2014 to update the original research and identify both important trends and emerging issues.

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Fire and Ice in the era of Obama and Harper

The surprising trajectory of values among Americans and Canadians

In 2003, Michael Adams published the Canadian bestseller Fire and Ice, in which he exploded the myth that Canadians and Americans are becoming alike. A decade later, how are social values evolving with Democrat Obama in the White House and Conservative Harper in Sussex Drive? In June, Michael Adams and US pollster Celinda Lake presented the latest research at an event co-hosted with the Munk School of Global Affairs.

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March 28, 2014

Canada’s do-it-yourself foreign aid: Let’s make it easier to send money abroad

Michael Adams published the following commentary in the Globe and Mail on March 28, 2014. . . . . . . . . . Recent numbers from the World Bank remind us that the flow of remittances worldwide—the money migrants send back to their countries of origin—is astounding. In all, international migrants were responsible for the movement of an estimated $...

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January 09, 2014

Environics Institute Introduces New Canadian Historical Public Opinion Vignette Series – First Article: the FLQ Crisis

The Environics Institute is introducing a new series of research vignettes which analyze public opinion data from important historical events to find relevant lessons for Canadian society today. Originating in literature, vignettes can best be described as snapshots: they provide a trenchant impression of a subject, focusing on one moment. These vignettes fo...

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December 27, 2013

Immigrants don’t turn ‘blue’ the moment they arrive

Michael Adams and Robin Brown published the following commentary in the Globe and Mail on December 27, 2013. . . . . . . . When President Obama won 71% of the Hispanic vote in 2012, it dealt the final blow to an idea that had been popular during the Bush years: that Hispanic Americans’ conservative values on social issues (rooted in their predominantl...

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The World Bank surveys the globe on open government

Sometimes important public opinion research does not receive the attention it deserves. The Global Opening Government Survey – a study undertaken through collaboration between the World Bank’s Open Government Practice and RIWI Corporation, a Toronto-based company... Read More

Majorities in 22 of 40 Countries Say Believing in God is Essential to Morality

To be a moral person and to have good values is it necessary to also believe in God? Many people from around the world answered “yes” in a recent Pew Research Center report; a clear majority in 22 out of 40 countries believe that morality emanates from one’... Read More

Asia Foundation Publishes Survey of Afghans as International Withdrawal Begins

In December 2013, the Asia Foundation released its ninth annual public opinion Survey of Afghans, which polled over 9000 Afghan men and women from all 34 provinces of the country. The Asia Foundation works throughout Asia to improve lives through projects supporting governan... Read More

“What are we thinking?” Who is asking? Surveying the landscape of public opinion organizations worldwide

Market research: it’s ubiquitous – an industry that employs people to produce myriad surveys on diverse subjects from political preferences to cellphone usage to dessert food choices and whether you like the programs on TV. They are solicited by diverse groups &n... Read More

Public trust in institutions: Latest Global Trust Barometer finds widening gap between trust in business and governments

The  results of the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer were released January 20, 2014, the latest edition of an annual global study that has been conducted by the world’s largest public relations firm since 2000. The study taps public opinion around the world and asks a... Read More

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