Ottawa Citizen

Cana­di­ans mostly up­beat about their fu­ture

Eco­nomic con­cerns haven’t damp­ened out­look: poll

- LEE BERTHI­AUME

It seems all the doom and gloom sur­round­ing the frag­ile state of the world econ­omy didn’t faze Cana­di­ans over the past year.

A new na­tional sur­vey con­ducted by Ip­sos Reid ex­clu­sively on be­half of Post­media News and Global Tele­vi­sion in­di­cates that four in five Cana­di­ans con­sider 2012 to have been a good year for them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

This rep­re­sents an in­crease of five per­cent­age points over the pre­vi­ous year and comes de­spite on­go­ing con­cerns about the global econ­omy and bud­get cuts at all lev­els of government.

It’s also per­haps sur­pris­ing given that nearly half of re­spon­dents (48 per cent) felt their re­tire­ment plans or sav­ings were hurt over the past 12 months.

In fact, the op­ti­mism ex­tends into the new year as well, with a whop­ping 89 per cent of re­spon­dents say­ing they ex­pect 2013 to be a good year.

They have great ex­pec­ta­tions for their re­tire­ment port­fo­lios as well: two-thirds (67 per cent) be­lieve 2013 will be a good year for their plans or sav­ings.

John Wright, Ip­sos Reid’s se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of pub­lic af­fairs, says Cana­di­ans, cog­nizant of the dif­fi­cul­ties fac­ing ci­ti­zens in other coun­tries such as the United States and in Europe, re­al­ize things aren’t so bad here.

It also helps that the Paris-based Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion and Devel­op­ment, or OECD, has con­sis­tently high­lighted Canada’s eco­nomic sta­bil­ity, Wright said, and that un­em­ploy­ment re­mains rel­a­tively low.

“We hear that the econ­omy is go­ing to be the strong­est of the G8,” he said. “I think we hear this and we see that the econ­omy is steady. In terms of our over­all out­look on the coun­try, it’s a good place to be.”

Over­all, the vast ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents said 2012 was a good year for their health (82 per cent), hap­pi­ness (82 per cent), jobs (75 per cent), and so­cial lives (74 per cent).

Al­ber­tans were the most likely to say 2012 was a good year for all cat­e­gories, fol­lowed by Que­be­cers

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