If another recession comes, Canadians want the Federal Government to be flexible with its deficit reduction plan

According to a new national survey from Ottawa-based Abacus Data, a majority of Canadians believe that the federal government should reconsider its deficit reduction plans and focus on job creation if the economy enters another recession.  In contrast, one in three believed that the federal government should continue with its plan to reduce the federal deficit even if the country enters another recession.

The survey found that support for reconsideration was highest among NDP and Liberal Party supporters, women, university educated respondents, and Quebec residents.

Conservative Party supporters were the only subgroup with majority support (55%) for the federal government staying the course with its plans.  Another 39% of Conservative supporters believed the government should reconsider its plans.

“A majority of Canadians expect flexibility from the federal government when it comes to managing a recessionary economy,” said David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data.  “In other polling we have done, the Conservative government gets good marks for economic management.  But if Canada enters another recession, most Canadians expect the government to be flexible and do what is necessary to create jobs and stimulate the economy.”

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Between August 12 and 15, 2011 Abacus Data Inc. conducted an online survey among 1,003 randomly selected Canadian adults from an online panel of over 150,000 Canadians. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is comparable to +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

Results of the survey were statistically weighted by gender, age, region, and education using census data from Statistics Canada and by past vote using Elections Canada results from the 2011 General Election. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

For more information about the survey findings, please contact Dr. David Coletto, CEO Abacus Data Inc. at (613) 884-4730 or david@abacusdata.ca