As those in the GTA wait to learn when they will move into Phase 2 of reopening, it seems many in this province aren’t itching to go back to life as we once knew it.

A NEWSTALK 1010 Pulse of Toronto poll, conducted by DART&maru/BLUE, finds 52 percent of Ontarians, and 46 percent in the GTA believe it’s time to reopen the economy.

But, it seems, it’s going to take some time before they’re ready to resume the activities they took part in before, such as going to the mall, getting a haircut or eating in a restaurant.

Read the full NEWSTALK 1010 article.

Majority of Canadians feel prejudice is a ‘serious problem’ in this country, poll finds

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue across the globe, here at home a new poll has found that most Canadians feel prejudice against visible minorities in our country is a “serious problem.”

In this poll, which was conducted by Dart and Maru/Blue, 69 per cent of respondents said prejudice is a “serious problem.” On the other spectrum, 31 per cent said they didn’t see it as a critical problem — with four per cent saying it isn’t a problem at all. This view was found more often in British Columbia and Quebec.

However, 70 per cent of those asked thought race relations are generally good throughout Canada, especially in their own neighbourhood and community or municipality. As well, 68 per cent surveyed said they believe race relationship with the local police department are also generally good.

See the full CityNews report here.

Canadians Views on Race Relations

TORONTOJune 5, 2020 /CNW/ – A new DART & maru/Blue poll shows a majority (69%) believe there is prejudice against visible minorities in Canada today but when they look across the country, in their communities, neighbourhoods and police departments, only a minority recognize it.

Few Canadians think much progress in race relations has been made over the past decade. Quebecers believe they have the best race relations, while those from Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan judge themselves to be at the bottom of the rung.

See the CISION News page.

76% believe government has taken right response to pandemic

John Wright, partner at DART Insight and Communications discusses Canadian polling data about Canada’s emergency response to COVID-19.

Watch the full video on BNN Bloomberg

On COVID-19: What Canadians think about working from home

John Wright: Our latest DART & maru/Blue research poll checked in on this new workforce and found them still settling into their new lockdown-imposed workplaces.

There’s a new class of worker in this country and it’s likely you know some of them. They’re the recent office dwellers who now wear business clothes from the waist up and pyjamas from the waist down. They conduct meetings over Zoom and Microsoft Teams and have tried to stake out a part of the house that has a decent backdrop and keeps the kids at bay.

Read the full National Post article (May 4, 2020).

On COVID-19, Canadians want to know when we can change the channel

John Wright: Rightly or wrongly, there’s an expectation among the public as to when the current situation will end

For weeks, the TV appointment time has been 11 a.m. EDT and 2 p.m. when a parade of government leaders, medical officials and other pandemic players have held briefings on the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian public, what they are doing about it, and what Canadians must do to “plank,” “crush” or “flatten” the curve. We’ve heard of the heroic measures and risks our health-care workers have undertaken, and the scourge of the long-term care sector. It’s been necessary. Until it’s not.

Canadians may soon want to tune into another channel.

Read the National Post article (April 17, 2020).

More than a million Canadians believe they are on verge of bankruptcy, new poll suggests

More than a million Canadians believe they are on the verge of having to declare bankruptcy, according to the findings of a new poll released Thursday.

The survey conducted by DART & maru/Blue found an even larger group — 4.2 million Canadian adults —  said they consider themselves to be heading towards bankruptcy over the next three months unless their personal financial conditions improve. 

Middle-aged and younger Canadians with middle-to-lower incomes appear “most vulnerable to bankruptcy,” the survey found.

“This middle-age, middle-income group is going to get hammered the hardest with the reduction of jobs and lost income,” said John Wright, a partner at DART. 

Read the National Post article (April 10, 2020).

COVID-19: Canadians almost unanimously support the lockdown. Here’s what else they think

John Wright: The majority are focused on protecting their health. Roughly another quarter put a priority on their jobs and homes. See the full National Post article (April 8, 2020).

John Wright: The COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of Canadians

When it comes to their own personal or family financial situation over the next three months, one in five Canadians say they will be either ‘pressured and anxious,’ or ‘dire and desperate’ See the full National Post article (March 31, 2020)


Empire Club Panel: Putting Seniors First

March 11, 2020 Panel discussion Putting Seniors First with John Wright.