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.

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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)


It’s Back to Business at Queen’s Park

The Christmas recess has wrapped up at Queen’s Park, the legislature is back in session and there are more than a few pots at a rolling boil on the front burner.

The labour standoff continues with all of the teachers’ unions across the province. Rotating strikes continue and there appears to be no progress in this war of attrition.

That strife will take up a good deal of oxygen as the session resumes but Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney will be front and centre presenting some major public transit legislation and having to stick handle the botched roll out of the province’s new licence plates.

Veteran pollster John Wright, joins Sussex’s Brett James to discuss his final polling results before Election Day

October 18, 2019

Veteran pollster John Wright, joins Sussex’s Brett James to discuss his final polling results before Election Day on Monday Sussex Strategy Group