AmericasBarometer 2014

Tracking public opinion on democracy and governance in Canada and across the Americas

The AmericasBarometer is a multi-country survey that documents how citizens across the hemisphere view their country on key issues of democracy and governance. This research, encompassing North America, Latin America and parts of the Caribbean, is the most expansive regional survey project in the Western Hemisphere.

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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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The Environics Institute

Promotes public opinion and social research

on important issues of public policy and social change. Social science-based evidence is key to helping organizations and citizens better understand Canada and our world as it is today, how it is changing, and where it is heading. Read More

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August 05, 2014

Institute launches new study on governance and the public service

The Environics Institute is partnering with the Ottawa-based Institute on Governance to conduct a landmark public opinion study on governance and the public sector in Canada. Governments face unprecedented challenges in the early 21st century, stemming from global and domestic pressures. Elected officials are front and centre as the leaders taking responsib...

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August 01, 2014

Black Experience Project Launches Public Outreach

The Environics Institute is pleased to announce another milestone in the Black Experience Project with the launch of our public outreach initiative. The goal of the outreach is to connect with various groups and organizations and to spread awareness of the project throughout various cultural events in the GTA. During this time we will also issue an open call...

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June 17, 2014

The polling that matters comes after the election

The following opinion piece by Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman was published June 17, 2014 in the Globe and Mail online . . . . . . Another provincial election has come and gone in Canada, and once again pre-election polling is coming under scrutiny for not getting it right. What used to be a predictable track record of accuracy in measuring voter...

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AAPOR launches new initiative on survey methods

The American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) righly bills itself as the leading association of public opinion and survey research professionals. In keeping with this role, AAPOR has just announced the launch of its latest special task force initiatives, in thi... Read More

Gallup Tracks Americans: Concerned Believers and Cool Skeptics on Climate Change

By Kristen Pue INTRODUCTION Gallup recently concluded a series of public opinion reports on climate change, culminating in a final report that established three categories to articulate American public opinion about climate change. The report showed that age and political ... Read More

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

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