Canadians mostly upbeat about their future
Economic concerns haven’t dampened outlook: poll
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