COVER

Taking the pulse of a nation

December 29 1997
COVER

Taking the pulse of a nation

December 29 1997

Taking the pulse of a nation

For the 14th annual Maclean’s year-end poll, The Strategic Counsel of Toronto questioned 1,400 adult Canadians between Nov. 6 and 11. CBC TV’s The National, taking part in the venture for the third straight year, scheduled programs based on the poll results on Dec. 22 and 23.

Interviewed by telephone, respondents were selected randomly from all 10 provinces. (There was no sampling in the Yukon and Northwest Territories because of the difficulty of obtaining statistically significant polling results for such sparsely populated areas.) National results are considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Accuracy ranges are wider for results from individual provinces and subgroups.

Total percentages in some tables and charts do not add up to 100 because results are rounded off and, in most cases, “don’t know” and no-answer responses have been eliminated.

Following are the national responses, expressed in percentages of respondents: