Most Canadians say 2022 was good for them but ‘pessimism’ lingers: poll -

As 2022 ends, Canadians feel a “better but unequal outlook on the country and the world” than in the past two years, according to new polling that paints a picture of lingering pessimism about a “hot mess”. Is. a wide world.

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The Ipsos poll, conducted exclusively for Granthshala News, was conducted from December 14 to 16 and surveyed 1,004 Canadians aged 18 and older. Their responses show that nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of Canadians say 2022 was good for them and their families, while half (51 per cent) say it was a good year for Canada and only one- Third say it was a good year. year for the world.

“We have come out of a pandemic, but we have not come out of pessimism,” Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, told Granthshala News on December 30.


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When it comes to the outlook for Canada, people are split on how this year turned out, with half (50 per cent) of Canadians agreeing 2022 was better than they thought (six per cent strongly agreed, 44 per cent somewhat agreed to some extent) ) while the other half (50 percent) disagreed (33 percent somewhat, 17 percent strongly).

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Regionally, residents of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are more likely to fall on the pessimistic side when asked about the state of the year, according to Ipsos.

Overall, Canadians still appear pessimistic about the state of the world in a year that has seen much unrest with the war in Ukraine. Only 34 percent said they would rate 2022 as globally good (four percent very much, 29 percent somewhat), although this is only a six-point improvement compared to 2020 and 2021, according to Ipsos.

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“Throw in Granthshala inflation and the Granthshala economy … it’s a hot mess, that’s the best way to describe it,” Bricker said.

With rising inflation and frequent interest rate hikes, many respondents said they are wary, with three-quarters (75 percent) of respondents agreeing that 2022 makes them fearful of an upcoming recession .

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This fear is higher among households with children (83 percent versus 73 percent for households without children).

The survey also shows that 20 per cent of Canadians believe this year has made them fear for their job security, which is higher among those aged 18 to 34.

At the same time, 44 per cent of the respondents said that they were successful in saving money this year, while the majority (56 per cent) disagreed. The proportion is higher among women and those aged 34-54, and comes after a year of massive inflation and increases in the price of a wide range of consumer goods, from groceries to mortgages.

All of these combined paint a mixed picture of how Canadians are feeling, Ipsos said in a statement.

“In short, Canadians view 2022 more positively than they did in the past two years, particularly when it comes to their personal lives,” the polling firm said. “However, this optimism remains cautious, reflecting macroeconomic trends.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned in a year-end interview with Granthshala National’s Dana Friesen that 2023 would be a “tough” year for Canadians.

“The fear of a Granthshala recession, a slowdown in the Granthshala economy, interest rates remain high, inflation still lingers — it’s going to be tough,” he said.

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In an International Monetary Fund (IMF) assessment released earlier this month, the Granthshala financial agency warned that Canada is at risk of falling into a “mild recession” despite outperforming its G7 counterparts.

With files from Granthshala News’ Erika Vela and Rachel Gilmore.

Exclusive Granthshala News Ipsos polls are protected by copyright. The information and/or data may be reproduced or republished only with full and proper credit and attribution to “Granthshala News Ipsos”. The survey was conducted between December 14 and 16, 2022, interviewing 1,004 Canadians over the age of 18 online. The accuracy of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. The poll is accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points 19 out of 20 times all Canadians over the age of 18 were polled.

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