Canadians say it feels like a recession, Tories have slight edge on economy
•Time for change – More than two thirds of Canadians (69%) believe it is time for a change. The sentiment is stronger in Atlantic Canada (83%) and among young people 18 to 29 years of age (79%).
• Managing the economy – Almost a third of Canadians (30%) believe that the Conservatives have the best program for managing the economy. The NDP and the Liberals score marginally lower with 26% and 25% each respectively.
• Feelings about real estate prices – Although about a quarter of Canadians say they are worried (6%) or somewhat worried (20%) about the drop in real estate prices, half (51%) say that they are not worried.
• Impact on Economy – Canadians are more likely to say that a Conservative victory would have a negative or somewhat negative impact (51%) on the Canadian economy versus a Liberal (34%) or NDP (37%) victory. Twenty-seven per cent of Canadians said that a Conservative victory would have a positive or somewhat impact on the Canadian economy, while 43% of Canadians feel the same about a either a possible Liberal or NDP victory.
• Deficit spending – Overall, Canadians support a new round of deficit spending by the Government of Canada to stimulate the economy, with just over half (54%) supporting or somewhat supporting such an action. Approximately one third of Canadians oppose or somewhat oppose deficit spending to stimulate the economy (36%).
• Impressions on Recession – A large majority of Canadians believe that Canada is in currently in a recession, with 79% saying they agree or somewhat agree. Eighteen per cent of Canadians disagree with the view that Canada is currently in a recession.
These observations are based on an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,000 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between August 20th and 23rd, 2015 as part of an omnibus survey. The margin of error for a random survey of 1,000 Canadians is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.