COVER

THE CROWN JEWELS

JAMES DEACON July 1 1995
COVER

THE CROWN JEWELS

JAMES DEACON July 1 1995

SURPRISING RETURNS

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Canadians confound the conventional wisdom

The Maclean’s/Strategic Counsel poll was conducted by telephone among 1,201 randomly selected Canadians, 18 years or older, in all 10 provinces. ¡

The survey was conducted between May 29 and June 4. The results are considered accurate within 2.8 percentage points above or below the figures given, 19 times out of 20. The results have been rounded off to the nearest whole number and in some cases may not add up to 100. The Strategic Counsel is a newly formed market and public opinion research company. Chairman Allan Gregg supervised the Maclean’s poll. Some of its findings:

I. Personally, how do you evaluate your future

prospects?

Significantly better off..................12

Somewhat better off...................27

Same..............................36

Somewhat worse off...................15

Significantly worse off...................5

Depends or don’t know..................6

2. What about Canada: how do you evaluate the country’s prospects?

Significantly better off...................5

Somewhat better off...................20

Same..............................30

Somewhat worse off...................29

Significantly worse off...................9

Depends or don’t know..................6

3. If you had to change jobs and had equal offers to move to another city in Canada or the United States, which country would you

choose?

Canada ............................80

United States........................16

Depends or don’t know..................5

4. If you had an identical job, with the equivalent salary, in Canada and the United States, where do you think you would enjoy the higher standard of living?

Canada ............................66

United States........................28

Depends or don’t know..................5

5. If you were a student graduating from high school in Canada and you had the opportunity to go to a top university either in Canada or in the United States, where do you think you would get the better education?

Canada ............................54

United States........................28

Depends or don’t know.................17

6. I could have a rich and rewarding life without ever having children.

Disagree...........

Strongly disagree Depends or don’t know

7. More and more, I find myself thinking about my health and the fact that I will not live

forever.

Strongly agree........................25

Agree..............................51

Disagree............................18

Strongly disagree ......................4

Depends or don’t know..................3

8. When I see the Canadian flag or hear the national anthem, I feel proud.

Strongly agree........................40

Agree..............................49

Disagree.............................7

Strongly disagree ......................2

Depends or don’t know..................2

9. If I could, I would welcome the chance to serve my country or community by becoming

an elected official.

Strongly agree........................10

Agree..............................37

Disagree............................37

Strongly disagree .....................14

Depends or don’t know..................2

10. I expect to inherit enough money before I reach old age to live a lot more comfortably than I do now.

Strongly agree........................11

Agree..............................26

Disagree............................37

Strongly disagree .....................22

Depends or don’t know..................4

11. Being a good person and finding spiritual fulfilment is something that has been more and more on my mind recently.

Strongly agree........................20

Agree..............................46

Disagree............................24

Strongly disagree ......................5

Depends or don’t know..................4

12. I could have a full and complete life without having regular sexual relations.

Strongly agree.........................8

Agree..............................34

Disagree............................34

Strongly disagree .....................15

Depends or don’t know..................9

13. A big part of the way I view myself revolves around the work I do.

Strongly agree........................21

Agree..............................53

Disagree............................18

Strongly disagree ......................3

Depends or don’t know..................4

14. Do you think that Canadians have a distinct character that makes us different from

other people around the world?

Yes ...............................74

No ................................22

Depends or don’t know..................4

15. (Yes respondents to No. 14) What makes Canadians most distinct?

Tendency towards nonviolence ...........30

Tolerance of people with

different backgrounds..................29

We rarely boast about our country.........11

Way we treat the poor and disadvantaged ... .8

More than one of the above...............9

Something else altogether................8

Depends or don’t know..................5

16. In recent years, do you think we have become more or less like Americans?

Significantly more ......................8

Somewhat more......................42

No significant change ..................29

Somewhat less.......................10

Significantly less.......................7

Depends or don’t know..................3

17. As a country, what is it about Canada that makes us most distinct from other countries?

Quality of our social programs............38

Nonviolent tradition....................23

History and climate....................12

Two official languages...................8

More than one of the above...............7

Something else altogether................9

Depends or don’t know..................4

18. Thinking about the Paul Bernardo trial and all the media attention, do you think this is a fact of life that could happen anywhere, or that we are becoming more

like Americans?

Just a fact of life......................57

Becoming a bit more like the United States .. .23 Becoming virtually identical to

the United States .....................10

Depends or don’t know.................10