Your Views in the News

We asked and Maru Voice Canada members answered! Here are some highlights from recent surveys:


Blog: 5 Exercises to Try at Your Desk

Nov 17, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - Sitting at a desk all day can be hard on our bodies. Even with a comfortable chair and ergonomic set up, aches and pains can appear throughout the day. In addition to taking breaks to get up and move around, there are many easy stretches and exercises you can do right at your desk to help stay comfortable...

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Poll finds 54% think COVID shutdowns based on 'real medical evidence'

Nov 3, 2020 /Edmonton Sun/ - Just over half of the population believes that the public health measures beingimplemented across Canada are based on “real medicalevidence.” The rest believe that governments are driven by either political considerations or their “best guess” in imposing restrictions on the population, according tofindings of a cross-Canada poll from Maru/Blue Public Opinion...

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Tight U.S. election race means Joe Biden must be nervous

Nov 3, 2020 /The Kingston Whig Standard/ - Based on media coverage from the United States, and especially from across Canada, these past four years, you would think Tuesday would be a highly relaxing day for the Democratic presidential nominee...

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This November, Moustaches Coming to a Video Call Near You as Canadians Nation-Wide "Grow A Mo For Men's Health"

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2020 /CNW/ - Movember, Canada's leading men's health organization, is kicking off its 14th annual campaign in Canada today. While this year might look a little different, with moustaches sprouting behind a mask, the need to raise funds and awareness for men's health has never been more important...

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Many will enjoy a very cannabis-friendly Christmas: Survey

Nov 1, 2020 /Simcoe Reformer/ - Dreaming of a green Christmas? About one-third — or 32% — of pot users would consider giving weed as a holiday gift, according to a Canada-wide poll done on behave of P.E.I.-based cannabis brand FIGR...

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It's time to reimagine what a garage can be - introducing The New Garage, a sustainable design challenge from Volvo Cars Canada and IDS

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Oct. 29, 2020 /CNW/ - Today, Volvo Cars Canada opened submissions for a uniquely 2020 design challenge in partnership with the Interior Design Show (IDS): The New Garage Design Challenge...

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A third of polled Canadians might be giving the gift of ‘green’ this holiday season

Oct 26, 2020 /The London Free Press/ - Thanksgiving went virtual, Halloween is shaping up to be a hands-off experience and Christmas get-togethers might be a no-go. But that doesn’t mean gift-giving this festive season needs to suffer, particularly if one’s choice is the green stuff...

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Pandemic's economic impacts leading many Canadians to worry about their retirement plans: CIBC Poll

TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2020 /CNW/ - A recent CIBC survey finds that the pandemic has impacted Canadians' savings and their anticipated lifestyle in retirement. Four out of 10 (40 per cent) respondents worry about the effect of COVID-19 on their savings and retirement plans, with almost a quarter (23 per cent) unable to contribute to their retirement nest egg since the pandemic began...

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Canada's Budget Deficit Has Grown By More Than Any Other G20 Country Amid Pandemic: NBF

Oct 16, 2020 /Huff Post/ - Canada’s government deficit has ballooned by the most of any major country during the COVID-19 pandemic by a wide margin ― but in the short run at least, that might be a good thing, a new report says...

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Liberals Get Majority Support From Provinces and Regions Except Alberta: Poll

Oct 14, 2020 /The Ecpoch Times/ - The Liberals have majority support in all provinces and regions except Alberta in the direction and governance of Canada but are being told the deficit is “growing too much,” a new poll says...

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Blog: Is a Survey Panel Right For You?

Oct 13, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - Maru Voice Canada is professional market research and part of a business with clients who rely on us to deliver insights, so of course recruiting people to take our surveys is important – this is true of all survey companies/websites and research panels...

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Canadians reluctant to talk cannabis use with bosses, parents: survey

Oct 12, 2020 /The London Free Press/ - A survey commissioned by Canadian cannabis company FIGR Brands Inc and conducted by data service firm Maru/Blue suggests that many Canadians feel uncomfortable discussing their cannabis use with co-workers and family members...

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Poll: Most Canadians Prefer Not to Discuss Cannabis Use With Parents

Oct 12, 2020 /Ganjapreneur/ - Just 39 percent of Canadians said they are comfortable discussing their cannabis consumption with their parents, according to a survey commissioned by cannabis brand FIGR conducted by Maru/Blue outlined by the Toronto Sun...

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Weed stigma remains at family gatherings: Study

Oct 12, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - While it’s legal, the idea of chatting about smoking up at the holiday table turns out to be a bit of a bummer, a study has found. P.E.I.-based cannabis brand FIGR commissioned a national survey to learn how open Canadians will be about talking about toking at the dinner table during holidays — and it turns out, not very...

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Raising a Slice of Toast to one of Canada's Favourite Modern Food Trends

TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2020 /CNW/ - Artisanal toast, overflowing with healthy and indulgent toppings, like an avocado spread on artisan bread, has taken foodies by storm. According to a survey commissioned by Stonemill Bakehouse, almost half of Canadians have enjoyed artisanal toast...

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Poll suggests Ontarians do not want an early provincial election

Oct 4, 2020 /The Standard/ - As MPPs debate a Liberal motion designed to thwart the possibility of Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives calling a snap election, a new poll suggests most Ontarians do not want a campaign before the scheduled 2022 vote...

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Low interest rates are motivating factor in buying decisions

Oct 3, 2020 /The Chronicle Herald/ - Younger Canadians, including the key home-buying cohort of 25- to 34-year-olds, say the pandemic has accelerated their plans to purchase a home or investment property; however, one-third of them say they are waiting for prices to drop before buying a home...

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Borealis AI launches RESPECT AI™ program to bring ethical and responsible AI to all 

TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2020 /CNW/ - A new survey has found that, while the majority of Canadian businesses believe it is important to implement artificial intelligence (AI) in an ethical and responsible way, 93 per cent experience barriers in doing so, citing cost, time and lack of understanding as the main issues...

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Many Canadians confused about how to safely wear masks and face coverings: survey

Sept 30, 2020 /Insauga/ - With bylaws in place requiring face coverings across Ontario, residents have been donning masks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while performing necessary daily tasks. However, a recent survey found many Canadians are unsure about how to properly wear their masks...

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Pandemic-Era Altruism: 3 Lessons From Pedigree, Kroger, Zappos And More

Sept 29, 2020 /Forbes/ - With the pandemic earlier this year effectively shutting down the nation’s economy, forcing people indoors and separating families, people have evidently had a lot of time to reflect. And what they see, or want to see, is something better than what their memory recalls from 2019...

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More than one-quarter of Canadians considering home renovations

Sept 26, 2020 /The Chronicle Herald/ - With more time spent at home, 26 percent of Canadians are considering a renovation to their current home. That’s one finding from the Scotiabank 2020 Housing Poll, conducted by Maru Blue, of 1,509 respondents on Aug. 24...

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Pallister's Approval Rising

Sept 23, 2020 /Manitoba Post/ - WINNIPEG - As most provincial leaders see their popularity decline, a poll suggests Premier Brian Pallister is the only one whose approval rating is climbing. The study among more than 5,000 Canadians by research firm Maru/Blue shows that, while Pallister’s approval rating went up by nine per cent, the popularity of the other eight premiers listed in the survey has slipped since June, some by nearly 15 percentage points...

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Has COVID-19 Redefined the Role Of HR?

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2020 /CNW/ - Hiring and recruiting, handing out paycheques - these are some of the tasks that often come to mind when we think about HR, but human resources teams handle so much more. If you're like most Canadians, you may not be aware of the increasing complexities and challenges today's HR professionals face...

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BC Election called for Oct. 24

Sept 21, 2020 /Kamloops this Week/ - “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything — the people of British Columbia deserve a say in the direction of our recovery and the future of our province,” Horgan said. Horgan also addressed how this election will have additional public health measures informed by the provincial public health officer to ensure the safety of everyone...

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Premiers’ approval ratings on the slide, poll finds: The time is now to call an election

Sept 21, 2020 /National Post/ - Most Canadian premiers have seen their approval ratings dip since June after skyrocketing in the early days of the pandemic, a new poll states. The poll, which was conducted by market researcher Maru/BLUE, gauged the opinions of 5,344 Canadians toward respective premiers between Aug. 28 and Sept. 8 and compared the findings with similar data collected in early June...

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Millennials display most home-buying optimism amid COVID-19

Sept 18, 2020 /Wealth Professional/ - Canadians are mostly in agreement that against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, getting a new home isn’t a great move. But a dive into the demographic weeds suggests that the millennial cohort is warmer to the idea...

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Millennials Most Optimistic About Buying a Home During COVID-19, Scotiabank Poll

TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2020 /CNW/ - A recent Scotiabank survey revealed that only 38% of Canadians believe now is a good time to buy a new home. However, younger Canadians appear to be more optimistic about purchasing a property during the COVID-19 pandemic...

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Blog: Too Much Screen Time? 3 Easy Tips for Avoiding Eye Strain

Sept 15, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - In 2020, a lot of us have experienced the world through screens. Sometimes staring at a screen all day is unavoidable, and unfortunately over time it can do some serious damage to our eyes. Here are some tips for avoiding eye strain when you have to look at screens for long periods...

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Cannabis users aren't stereotypical stoners: Survey

Sept 14, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - Gone are the days of getting stoned while sitting on the couch and watching Ren and Stimpy. The stereotype of the couch-locked stoner is long gone as Canadians are being more productive with their lives while consuming cannabis. Commissioned by cannabis brand Figr, a Maru/Blue survey found 72% of Canadians don’t fit the stereotype, choosing to smoke up while performing daily tasks such as laundry or dish washing...

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Maru launches Instant Qualitative Platform bringing expert moderation, digital methodologies and cutting-edge AI analysis tools into one integrated solution

TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Maru Group (Maru), the global technology-enabled market research and customer insights company, has today announced the launch of an Instant Qualitative Environment, bringing together digital qualitative methodologies, expert moderation and AI-powered analysis tools. Researchers and marketers can, for the first time, create qualitative projects in a matter of minutes with the direct support and guidance from world-leading qualitative experts.

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Police break up gatherings, issue fines to partying university students

Sept 9, 2020 /The star/ - Campuses are cracking down on partying post-secondary students. Even though a fraction of students have now returned to school in person — Queen’s University estimates about 6,600 of the usual 24,000 will be on campus on a regular basis — officials say they still need to limit their social contacts to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks...

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Nearly 75 per cent of Ontarians in favour of second lockdown if COVID cases continue to spike: poll

Sept 9, 2020 /680 News/ - It appears most Ontarians are in favour of a lockdown if the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, according to a new poll done for the Toronto Star. This comes after the province reported nearly 400 new cases after the long weekend, with most new infections showing up in Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa...

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Most Ontarians support another lockdown if COVID-19 cases spike, poll finds

Sept 8, 2020 /Welland Tribune/ - Three-quarters of Ontarians would support a return to “stay-at-home” measures if COVID-19 cases skyrocket as they did last spring, a new poll suggests. The Campaign Research survey for the Star found 74 per cent back a lockdown should coronavirus infections continue to increase toward levels last seen in April, while 15 per cent were opposed and 12 per cent were unsure...

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Welcome to the start of the school year. It’s going to be rocky

Sept 8, 2020 /Parry Sound/ - Many students are still waiting for their timetables and some educators still have no idea what they’ll be teaching — they don’t even know if they’ll be in a school or working virtually. Welcome to the start of the 2020-21 school year. It’s going to be rocky...

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More people working from home – will small businesses survive?

Sept 8, 2020 /MTL Times/ - Working from home – On March 23rd 2020, the Quebec government announced the closure of all non-essential commercial activities and services in the province, except for teleworking and e-commerce businesses...

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The latest on the coronavirus outbreak for Sept. 7

Sept 8, 2020 /CBC/ - COVID-19 is pushing students outside to learn, and some say it could improve education even after the pandemic has passed. At Guelph Outdoor School in Guelph, Ont., the fresh air that's seen as a way to lower the risk of coronavirus transmission is pushing parents to enrol their children in the full-day programs at an unprecedented rate...

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Are Canadians ready to adopt flexible work for good?

Sept 4, 2020 /Human Resources Director/ - More than half of working Canadians are already back in the workplace, but not everyone is excited about their return. Some have been hesitant (15%), while others have been ‘feeling anxious’ (12%) about contracting COVID-19 in the workplace, according to a new study...

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72% of Ontario parents worry another COVID-19 outbreak will close schools: Poll

Sept 3, 2020 /CanIndia News/ - A new poll conducted by Maru/Blue Public Opinion Research North America suggests that a whopping 72 percent of Ontario parents think despite preparations to get schools ready for reopening, the province will see another coronavirus outbreak forcing school closures all over again...

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The Future of Work is Flexible: ADP Canada Study

TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2020 /CNW/ - As many Canadians head back to their place of work, a new survey by ADP Canada and Maru/Blue indicates a shift in attitude towards the traditional workplace. The survey found that 45 percent of working Canadians surveyed say they would prefer to work remotely at least three days a week and more than one quarter would prefer to work flex hours...

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Michael Lochran: The coming mental health storm

Sept 2, 2020 /National Post/ - As we prepare for another potential wave of the pandemic this fall, we must begin to address the wave of pent-up mental health anxiety, depression and substance abuse that has been building since COVID-19 shattered our daily routines and communities in March...

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Teacher unions and Ford government fight over class sizes

Sept 1, 2020 /Simcoe Reformer/ - Class sizes continue to be a point of contention as the provincial government and teacher unions square off over return-to-school plans. Premier Doug Ford toured a Toronto school Tuesday where he said the principal had a “can-do attitude” and was enthusiastic about welcoming back students. “We’re very ready,” Ford said Tuesday...

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EXCLUSIVE: POLL SHOWS PARENTS ARE PREPARING FOR SCHOOL SHUTDOWNS THIS FALL

Sept 1, 2020 /Newstalk 1010/ - A new NEWSTALK 1010 exclusive poll paints a pessimistic picture as parents get ready to send their children back to school. The polling by Maru/BLUE finds nearly three quarters of parents in the GTA (73 percent) and across Ontario (72 percent) are concerned that despite all of the work done to get schools ready for reopening, we will have a big outbreak soon in schools and everything will close down...

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Boost Your Child's Immune System in Time for Back-to-School With Genestra Brands' Line of Children's Vitamins and Immune Support

Sept 1, 2020 /Whig Standard/ - 64 percent of Canadian1 parents would love their children to return to the classroom this school year, even though the majority of parents are concerned about their children getting sick. In response to this widespread concern from Canadian parents, Genestra Brands® – the most recommended supplements brand by Canadian practitioners – is eager to provide products that can help Canadians boost their overall health, especially as parents are more keen to follow a holistic approach when it comes to health care...

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Parents want to know what happens when a classroom shuts down for two weeks, does learning go online

Sept 1, 2020 /Newstalk 610/ - A new poll shows parents are preparing for school shutdowns this fall. The poll for our brother station, NEWSTALK 1010 paints a pessimistic picture as parents get ready to send their children back to school. The polling by Maru/BLUE finds 72 percent of Ontario parents are concerned despite all the prep, we will have a big outbreak in schools and everything will close down...

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72% of Ontario parents worry another major COVID-19 outbreak will close schools: poll

Sept 1, 2020 /CityNews/ - A new poll suggests that a majority of Ontario parents think despite preparations to get schools ready for reopening, the province will see another coronavirus outbreak — forcing schools to close down once again. The poll, conducted by Maru/Blue Public Opinion Research North America in August, found 72 per cent of parents of school-aged children shared this view...

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Parents prepare to send kids back to school amid pandemic

Aug 27, 2020 /Edmonton Examiner/ - Meghan Cranston didn’t take the idea of her kids going back to school lightly. As a mother of three children who attend Evergreen Public School in Kenora, she and her husband had to weigh the reality of life in the midst of a global pandemic with their family’s needs for normalcy and balance this fall...

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AGAR: Creative ways to deal with the back-to-school question

Aug 24, 2020 /The Province/ - There are those who wait for the government to make everything perfect, according to their definition of that state, and there are those who get to work to solve their own problems. The most controversial issue most people are dealing with today is whether their children will or even should go back to school in a few weeks...

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Conservatives set to elect new leader at a crucial moment in Canadian politics

Aug 20, 2020 /Brantford The Expositor/ - OTTAWA — Canadian politics has never seen a summer quite like this one. There is the pandemic, with its extraordinary economic turmoil and massive new government spending programs. There is the WE Charity scandal, which has rocked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government...

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Poll finds majority of parents prefer two-month staggered start to school year

Aug 20, 2020 /CityNews/ - Less than three weeks before the scheduled start of the new school year, two-thirds of parents say they prefer a gradual two-month school reopening rather than a hard start. According to the Maru/Blue public opinion poll, almost seven in 10 GTA parents of elementary students would like to see some kids return in September and, depending on how that goes, allowing more students to return in October...

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EXCLUSIVE: Two-thirds of Ontario parents want slow, eased-in start to school year

Aug 20, 2020 /iHeartRadio/ - We're continuing our exclusive back to school coverage with the latest on what Ontario parents want to see for the start of the school year. A new poll conducted by Maru/BLUE for NEWSTALK1010 shows 66 per cent of parents in the province believe easing into classroom reopenings over a span of two months is better than a hard start date...

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TDSB APPROVES BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLANS, CONSIDERS DELAYING START OF CLASS BY ONE WEEK

Aug 20, 2020 /iHeartRadio/ - The Toronto District School Board has unanimously approved a back-to-school plan that will see it dip partly into reserves to hire hundreds of new teachers to increase spacing in elementary schools...

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Most parents prefer 2-month staggered start to school year

Aug 20, 2020 /Canadian News/ - Thousands of parents with school-going children are growing apprehensive as schools are set to open in a matter of weeks. The Maru/Blue public opinion poll shows that upto two-thirds of parents say they prefer a gradual two-month school reopening instead of the traditional start of a new school year...

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Trudeau unsure if he will send his children back to school and poll suggests he's not the only one

Aug 18, 2020 /National Post/ - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is still on the fence about sending his children back to school, following a new poll that found that about four in ten Ontario parents do not want to send their children back to school in September, and a vast majority — 74 per cent — have lost faith in the education minister’s ability to ensure that schools are safe from the threat of COVID-19...

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Blog: Your Opinion in Action: Digital Tools for Online Learning

August 18, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - What happens after you submit your survey responses? Where do your answers go? How is your opinion used? We want to answer these questions by sharing past examples of how your responses and opinions have influenced clients to make better business decisions. Continue reading to learn more...

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Morning Brief: Trudeau meets with Morneau as speculation swirls

Aug 17, 2020 /iPolitics/ - Justin Trudeau is set to meet today with Bill Morneau behind closed doors, potentially to sort out their differences, amid a flurry of reports hyping up conflict between their respective offices...

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LILLEY: Ford back on top with voters

Aug 16, 2020 /The Sudbury Star/ - What a difference a year and a popular pandemic response can make: Doug Ford would be re-elected with a strong majority if an election were held today...

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POLL: Trudeau Liberals fall behind leaderless Conservatives

Aug 15, 2020 /Winnipeg Sun/ - The pandemic public rally is over for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government in Ottawa. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the Canadian public has been rallying to their leaders, giving them high job approval ratings and strong backing in terms of voter support...

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84% support for mandatory indoor masks to combat COVID-19 in Ontario, poll finds

Aug 14, 2020 /Guelph Mercury Tribune/ - More than four out of five Ontarians support making it mandatory to wear masks indoors to curb the spread of COVID-19, a new poll for the Star has found. The Campaign Research survey found that 63 per cent of respondents “strongly support” compulsory indoor masks, while 21 per cent “somewhat support” them. Only six per cent “strongly oppose” masks with eight per cent “somewhat” opposed and the rest unsure...

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Majority of NHL fans think the Stanley Cup is still the Stanley Cup, despite COVID-19 format: poll 

Aug 7, 2020 /The Sun Times/ - The majority of NHL-watchers and ardent hockey fans believe despite the season being reconfigured because of COVID-19, this year’s Stanley Cup will carry the same honour as seasons past, according to a poll conducted by Maru/BLUE. The poll found 56 per cent of NHL-watchers and 57 per cent of fans believe the Stanley Cup in 2020 will have the same distinction as any other year...

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New Poll Shows Over 90% of Ontario Seniors Want to Live at Home as They Age, and Want Government to Invest to Help Them do it

TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2020 /CNW/ - According to a new study conducted by Campaign Research Inc. on behalf of Home Care Ontario, virtually all Ontario seniors (91%) hope to stay in their own home or apartment as long as possible, and 95% believe being in their own home with the support of home care is the safest environment for them to live during a pandemic...

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What happened to the old Doug Ford?

Aug 4, 2020 /Maclean's/ - Doug Ford stood in a field in Mississauga, Ont., the site of a long-term care facility he promised would be built in record time, and lavished praise on everybody in sight. He called Michelle DiEmanuele, the CEO of Trillium Health Partners, “one of my favourites.” Bonnie Crombie, the city’s mayor, was “terrific.” And “nothing could get built,” said Ontario’s premier, without “phenomenal labour leadership.”...

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Peter MacKay reportedly sitting at 55% party support to lead Conservative Party of Canada

Aug 4, 2020 /PTBO Today/ - Navigating a leadership race through the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges but that’s exactly what the Conservative Party of Canada has done. According to a new poll by Maru/Blue, Peter MacKay holds 55% party support to replace Andrew Scheer. We caught up with MacKay, who says after stepping away from politics in 2015 he’s ready to come back and serve Canadians...

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Lewis courts dairy farmers, Sloan attacks WHO as Conservative leadership underdogs burn through cash in late advertising push

Aug 3, 2020 /The Hill Times/ - Underdog candidates Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan have begun using paid online ads to promote their campaigns to win the Conservative Party leadership, and have grabbed the attention of hundreds of thousands of Canadians as the party’s election date draws near, while front-runners Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole appear to have shifted their focus to getting out the vote...

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Conservative Leadership Race Enters the Home Stretch

Jul 31, 2020 /The Epoch Times/ - The Conservative Party leadership race is still up for grabs, despite a recent poll showing that Peter MacKay has more support than his three opponents combined, strategists and advocates say. Voting, which is currently underway by mail, must be completed by Aug. 21. The new leader will be announced shortly after...

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Half of Canadian businesses not confident they can support remote work long term

Jul 30, 2020 /Exchange Magazine/ - Half (48 per cent) of Canadian businesses said they were unprepared for the immediate technological changes necessitated by COVID-19, according to a recent survey by OVHcloud in conjunction with data service solutions company Maru/Blue, with 48 per cent concerned they will need to maintain long-term remote operations...

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Poll shows MacKay as overwhelming choice for Tory voters

Jul 29, 2020 /Western Standard/ - Conservative voters say Peter MacKay is the right man to lead their party, according to a new poll. The results of a survey conducted by Maru/Blue Public Opinion show MacKay would be the top choice – at 55 percent – to become the new leader of the Tory party among those who are committed to vote for the party if a federal election were held tomorrow...

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Half of Canadian businesses not confident they can support remote work long term

MONTREAL, July 29, 2020 /CNW/ - Half (48 per cent) of Canadian businesses said they were unprepared for the immediate technological changes necessitated by COVID-19, according to a recent survey by OVHcloud in conjunction with data service solutions company Maru/Blue, with 48 per cent concerned they will need to maintain long-term remote operations...

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Canadians 'overwhemingly' believe locally grown cannabis is the best. But B.C.'s reputation is intact

Jul 28, 2020 /Regina Leader Post/ - British Columbia is still perceived as the top spot for quality pot, according to new survey results collected by Maru/Blue and commissioned by Auxly Cannabis Group — but local love for homegrown weed is emerging among consumers, too...

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Peter MacKay still the favourite to win party leadership among likely Conservative voters: poll

Jul 28, 2020 /National Post/ - A majority of likely Conservative voters and the general public believe Peter MacKay is the top choice to be leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, according to a Maru/Blue opinion poll conducted for the National Post...

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Morning Brief: High-stakes day for WE

Jul 28, 2020 /iPolitics/ - It’s Kielbrother day at committee. Pollsters say the stakes are high for the charity and its reputation over the high-profile appearances lined up today as the public watches how the political drama unfolds...

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Cannabis Canada: Canadians believe best pot grown in B.C., survey finds

Jul 27, 2020 /BNN Bloomberg/ - The federal legalization of cannabis in the U.S. could arrive sooner than previously expected, Bloomberg News reports. CIBC analysts said in a recent report that the U.S. could legalize marijuana at the federal level as soon as 2021 if Joe Biden wins the presidential election and the Democrats control Congress...

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Robinsons Premium Cannabis Now Available in Ontario and Nova Scotia

TORONTO, July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cannabis connoisseurs, the wait is over. Today, Robinsons hand-crafted, small-batch cannabis is available in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Robinsons is launching with four distinctive strains, all grown with care at the 27,700 sq. ft. Robinsons facility in Kentville, Nova Scotia, with an uncompromising commitment to quality and craftsmanship...

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Less really is more: Canadians say simplifying is more important than ever

Jul 25, 2020 /newKerala/ - TORONTO: As Canadians adjust to the impacts of COVID-19 and the easing of restrictions nationwide, a new poll by Simplii Financial finds that the majority (81 per cent) of Canadians want to simplify their lives, and many (67 per cent) have already started...

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Canadian parents want children to return to college but are concerned about them becoming COVID-19: survey

Jul 23, 2020 /The News Pocket/ - The vast majority of parents along with Canadians general seem to want kids to return to course in the autumn but are concerned that there are insufficient health and security measures in place to make sure pupils don’t get contaminated by COVID-19, according to another poll...

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Nearly half of Canadians now prefer to buy cannabis online

Jul 23, 2020 /TheGrowOp/ - A study commissioned by a licensed cannabis producer claims that 43 per cent of Canadians prefer to buy their weed online, as opposed to in-person at a store. A total of 1,512 Canadians were surveyed (of which 591 were cannabis consumers) by national data services and research firm Maru/Blue in the study commissioned by Figr, a Charlottetown, P.E.I.-based licensed cannabis producer...

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Poll shows Canadians split on shutting down CERB, Report

Jul 23, 2020 /Iintelligencer/ - Is it time to end emergency benefits for people who have lost work because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Canadians can’t seem to agree. The question from pollster Maru/Blue is whether or not Ottawa should start to decrease spending by shutting down the Canada Emergency Response Benefit program, regardless of what the impact may be on people...

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Morning Brief: Scandal deepens with calls for Morneau to resign

Jul 23, 2020 /iPolitics/ - The finance minister’s attempt to clear the air backfired and instead fanned the flames of the WE controversy. The Conservatives are now calling for Finance Minister Bill Morneau to resign...

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Canadians split on ending CERB, some say they'd lose roof over their head without COVID-19 benefits

Jul 22, 2020 /City News/ - Is it time to end emergency benefits for people who have lost work because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Canadians can’t seem to agree. The question from pollster Maru/Blue is whether or not Ottawa should start to decrease spending by shutting down the Canada Emergency Response Benefit program, regardless of what the impact may be on people...

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Online weed sales buzzing: Study

Jul 22, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - Forty-three per cent of marijuana users say they prefer to buy products online, according to a survey conducted by research firm Maru/Blue, for the cannabis brand Figr. This is an increase from 13.3% of cannabis sales that were made online during the first year of legalization, as reported by Statistics Canada in December 2019...

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Blog: Too Many Emails? 3 Tips for Organizing Your Inbox

July 20, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - You’ve likely thought at one point or another, “I get too many emails.” Good news! There are steps you can take to fix that problem. Read on for 3 helpful tips to start organizing your Inbox. Continue reading to learn more...

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Morning Brief: Chagger in the hot seat as WE hearings begin

Jul 16, 2020 /iPolitics/ - Driving today’s news agenda: The House of Commons finance committee begins its probe into the WE Charity student grant contract, as questions swirl around its approval and as the scandal continues to shake the government. But the Star reports the committee is still waiting to get its hands the WE-related documents it asked for...

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John Ivison: The ethics commissioner's key question — was the decked stacked in WE's favour?

Jul 15, 2020 /Salt Wire/ - When Justin Trudeau stood before the cameras to announce the Canada Student Services Grant on a bright but chilly spring morning, he would have had no conception that he was playing with political dynamite...

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Do the police treat Black and Indigenous people worse than others? Most Ontarians think so

Jul 10, 2020 /The Standard/ - More than two-thirds of Ontarians believe police treat Black and Indigenous people “worse” than others and 90 per cent want mandatory body cameras for all officers, a new poll has found...

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Has enthusiasm for the CERB paved the way for a universal basic income?

Jul 9, 2020 /Maclean's/ - For a few all-too-fleeting years, Mark Taylor believed in the future of Alberta’s oil and gas industry. Armed with his petroleum systems engineering degree from the University of Regina, Taylor landed a job at a Calgary energy services company in 2011...

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Less really is more: Canadians say simplifying is more important than ever

TORONTO, July 8, 2020 /CNW/ - As Canadians adjust to the impacts of COVID-19 and the easing of restrictions nationwide, a new poll by Simplii Financial finds that the majority (81 per cent) of Canadians want to simplify their lives, and many (67 per cent) have already started. For Canadians, the three areas they want to simplify most are their home organization (55 per cent), finances (34 per cent) and their daily schedule (29 per cent)...

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COVID-19 hasn't weeded out pot smokers: Study

Jul 4, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - Nearly half of Canadian pot smokers say the coronavirus pandemic has done nothing to change their consumption of the weed, according to a new study. The study by national research firm Maru/Blue, commissioned by cannabis brand Figr, says 49% of Canadian cannabis consumers haven’t altered their smoking habits because of COVID-19...

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Owens: Canadians likely to want border closed all summer

Jun 30, 2020 /Adirondack Daily Enterprise/ - Former North Country congressman Bill Owens reached out to the Enterprise this week to say many Canadian citizens are worried about recent U.S. COVID-19 spikes, and he thinks they will push their government to extend the U.S.-Canada border closure though the end of the summer, at least...

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More Canadians are worrying about the economy and over half are cutting discretionary spending: Poll

Jun 29, 2020 /The Battlesford News Optimist/ - Longer term financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to show in Canadians' financial plans; saving money and avoiding debt are now top goals...

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Ketchum Cultivate Brings Strategic Marketing and Communications Consulting to Canadian Cannabis Market

TORONTO, June 25, 2020 /CNW/ - Leading global communications consultancy Ketchum today introduced a new cannabis specialty in Canada as part of its existing Ketchum Cultivate offering, a suite of strategic consulting services dedicated to helping food and wellness brands with a natural, organic and sustainable focus achieve business success.

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Pandemic has boosted some premiers' approval ratings by 30 percentage points, Legault benefitting most: poll

Jun 19, 2020 /National Post/ - According to a new poll, Quebec Premier Francois Legault still holds the highest approval rating among premiers, despite his province leading the country in coronavirus cases and deaths...

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Blog: Survey Troubleshooting: Technical Problems vs. Content Problems

June 16, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - We try to ensure that our surveys are high quality and error-free before we send them out to our members. However, from time to time, a survey may contain a problem that our team wasn’t aware of. If you encounter a problem in one of our surveys, the first step is to determine if it’s technical or content-related...

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EXCLUSIVE: READY TO REOPEN YOUR WALLET? IT SEEMS ONTARIANS ARE SKITTISH

Jun 15, 2020 /Newstalk 1010/ - 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...

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EXCLUSIVE: TIME FOR CHANGE: FEW THINK OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TREATS PEOPLE EQUALLY

Jun 9, 2020 /Newstalk 1010/ - A NEWSTALK 1010 exclusive poll finds only three in 10 Canadians think our criminal justice system treats people who are black or dark skinned equally compared to others in our society. The polling, conducted by DART & maru/BLUE, also finds a large number of people have some serious concerns...

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Ontario likes relaxed liquor laws, poll finds

Jun 5, 2020 /Our Windsor/ - Ontarians are toasting the pandemic-forced liberalization of the province’s liquor licensing laws, a new poll suggests. Nearly three-quarters — 73 per cent — support continuing to allow restaurants and bars to sell beer, wine and spirits to go, the Campaign Research survey for the Star found...

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EXCLUSIVE POLL: MOST PEOPLE THINK THERE IS RACISM IN CANADA, BUT MANY OF US CAN'T SEE IT

Jun 4, 2020 /iheartradio/ - It's been a topic of discussion in many circles, especially with some of the protests that we've seen in the US. Racism, and more importantly, the question of weather or not it exists in Canada...

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How human resource managers are prioritizing employee experience during the pandemic

May 28, 2020 /Regina Leader Post/ - At the inception of COVID-19 quarantines, Canadian businesses prioritized safety for workers by sending them home, where many continued to work remotely...

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EXCLUSIVE: HALF OF YOU WOULD BE OKAY WITH RANDOM TESTS

May 21, 2020 /Newstalk 1010/ - Premier Doug Ford says he's not happy with the level of testing in the province, and neither are you. A new poll, done exclusively for Newstalk 1010, shows a whopping 78% of people asked, thing the amount of testing being done, isn't enough to paint an accurate picture of what's happening with COVID-19...

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Most Canadians want border with U.S. to remain closed for now, poll says

May 19, 2020 /National Post/ - Canadians aren’t ready to see the border with the United States reopened, with 83 per cent saying it should remain closed for the time being, according to new polling...

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Blog: All You Need to Know About Rewards

May 18, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! We answered three frequently asked questions about points and rewards. Continue reading to learn more...

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Why attitudes toward mask wearing are quickly changing in Canada and the U.S.

May 18, 2020 /CBC/ - Societal attitudes in Canada and the U.S. toward wearing masks in public as protection against COVID-19 have undergone an "unprecedented' shift in just a matter of months, some social psychologists say...

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Feeling desperate? Anxious? You're not alone.

May 15, 2020 /iHeartRadio/ - We're cooped up. Money is tight. We don't know what's coming next. A new NEWSTALK 1010 Pulse of Toronto Poll, by DART&maru/BLUE, gives us new insight into how people in the GTA are coping with COVID-19. Among the key findings, according to DART's John Wright, is a tale of two realities...

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Most Canadians willing to adhere to 'new normal' rules like wearing masks and physical distancing: poll

May 11, 2020 /National Post/ - Albertans are the least likely of all Canadians to tolerate the installation of apps on their phones to monitor their health and and track their whereabouts in order to move around more freely as provinces ease pandemic lockdowns, according to a new poll...

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Will Canadians accept health and safety-imposed COVID-19 conditions

May 11, 2020 /City News Winnipeg/ - A new poll by Dart & Maru/Blue shows what Canadians are willing to put up with and what they won’t, as society works to open back up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark Neufeld reports...

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Prepare for more trucking industry work at home

May 11, 2020 /Truck News/ - There is no sugarcoating the reality that the world is in the throes of a deep recession. Not a trucker on the planet has experienced anything remotely close to this. The initial freight surge carriers enjoyed in March has vanished like my desire to watch U.S. news channels...

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Albertans leery about installing tracing apps on their phones: poll

May 11, 2020 /Edmonton Sun/ - Two more Albertans have died and 47 new cases have been reported, Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced Monday. Two deaths that were previously attributed to COVID-19 have been reclassified; 117 Albertans have died from the virus in total...

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Most Canadians willing to adhere to 'new normal' rules like wearing masks and physical distancing: poll

May 11, 2020 /National Post/ - Albertans are the least likely of all Canadians to tolerate the installation of apps on their phones to monitor their health and and track their whereabouts in order to move around more freely as provinces ease pandemic lockdowns, according to a new poll...

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There's been no spike in personal and business bankruptcies, but surge is expected this fall

May 5, 2020 /CBC/ - With the coronavirus pandemic leaving many in a precarious and dire financial situation, Lou Brzezinski and other lawyers and insolvency trustees have been sitting by the office phone, expecting it to ring...

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Most Canadians support COVID-19 measures, but the pandemic is wearing us down, poll finds

May 5, 2020 /The Star/ - Most Canadians support measures requiring them to stay home to curb COVID-19, but many admit the pandemic is taking a toll on their mental health, a new poll suggests...

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John Wright on COVID-19: What Canadians think about working from home

May 4, 2020 /The Province/ - 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...

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COVID-19 impact felt by 81 per cent of Canadian small business owners: CIBC Poll

TORONTO, May 4, 2020 /CNW/ - A new CIBC study finds that the majority (81 per cent) of Canadian small business owners say COVID-19 has negatively impacted their operations, and many (32 per cent) worry about the viability of their business over the next year...

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Journey through the average Canadian's average day during a not-so-average pandemic

May 2, 2020 /National Post/ - New ways of life are emerging in the average Canadian’s average day. After weeks of pandemic survival, in which everything that had been in motion — school, work, life itself — seemed to wobble on its axis, there are signs of a new equilibrium...

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POLL FINDS A THIRD OF CANADIANS WANT TO REOPEN THE ECONOMY

Apr 29, 2020 /iHeartRadio/ - We've been hearing from politicians that we need to stay the course, keep up the social distancing, and that going back to normal too quickly could lead to a resurgence of COVID-19.But a new poll suggests about third of Canadians are nearing the end of their ropes...

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Public isn't ready to open up Canadian society just yet

Apr 20, 2020 /The London Free Press/ - If you are one of the people wondering why governments simply won’t start reopening the economy already, it’s likely because you are in a small minority. A very small minority...

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Budgeting for a pandemic

Apr 18, 2020 /Winnipeg Free Press/ - Being fit physically isn’t just beneficial (for the most part) in surviving the novel coronavirus. Tip-top financial health is turning out to be pretty helpful, too, as record numbers of Canadians are losing their jobs or having their hours cut back...

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

Apr 17, 2020 /London Free Press/ - 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...

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

Apr 17, 2020 /National Post/ - 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...

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Blog: Your Opinion in Action: Should a Big Brand Re-Brand?

April 14, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - What happens after you submit your survey responses? Where do your answers go? How is your opinion used? We want to answer these questions by sharing past examples of how your responses and opinions have influenced clients to make better business decisions. Continue reading to learn more...

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

Apr 10, 2020 /Financial Post/ - 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...

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COVID's economic impact could see millions declaring bankruptcy

Apr 10, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - It’s the economic shock we knew was coming, no not Thursday’s job numbers showing more than 1 million jobs lost in March with more to come, I’m talking about the toll COVID-19 is taking on people’s lives in very real ways...

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

Apr 10, 2020 /The Province/ - 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...

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

Apr 8, 2020 /National Post/ - Governments across the land, and in many places throughout the United States, have lowered the boom to get people off the streets, out of parks and into their homes in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. What had been “self distancing” has become more extreme, with citizens everywhere told to get home and stay home in a virtual lockdown...

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Timeline of Canada's home front battle against COVID-19

Apr 4, 2020 /O Canada/ - The COVID-19 crises hit the world hard in late January 2020, plunging both federal and provincial politicians into a new world war, this time against a never seen before enemy, a highly infectious coronavirus, one that spread like the flu...

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Quebec sales opportunities in optimism even as its coronavirus circumstance figures soar: new poll

Apr 3, 2020 /Go Tech Daily/ - Leading François Legault enjoys the exact degree of assist as his wildly well-known main clinical officer of overall health, the study indicates. As COVID-19 situations carry on to ramp up, Quebecers are conspicuously far more upbeat than other Canadians in their province’s ability to have them safely out of the coronavirus pandemic, even with having the optimum amount of cases, a new survey implies...

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Quebec leads in optimism even as its coronavirus case numbers soar: new poll

Apr 2, 2020 /Maclean's/ - As COVID-19 cases continue to ramp up, Quebecers are conspicuously more upbeat than other Canadians in their province’s ability to carry them safely out of the coronavirus pandemic, despite having the highest number of cases, a new survey suggests...

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Seventy-six per cent of Canadians are voluntarily self-isolating to fight COVID-19, poll finds

Apr 2, 2020 /The Star/ - Three-quarters of Canadians are “voluntarily self-isolating at home” due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a staggering 96 per cent believe physical distancing can slow the rate of infections, a new poll has found...

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Majority of Canadians support coronavirus lockdown measures: poll

Apr 1, 2020 /CityNews/ - A new poll indicates a majority of Canadians think the country “should stay the course” when it comes to controlling the coronavirus through lockdown measures. The DART & maru/Blue Voice Canada Poll released on Tuesday said 44 per cent of Canadians said they will support lockdown measures until a medical solution like a vaccine is found. Forty-six per cent said they will remain supportive until things are “manageable again within the healthcare system.”...

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Our heroes in the time of coronavirus—and the pedestal we're putting them on

Apr 1, 2020 /Maclean's/ - “They put my face on a bread,” said the bespectacled man to the person taking his picture, holding up his phone to show an Instagram post of a round loaf with a bespectacled face emblazoned in the layer of flour on top...

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Canadians fear COVID-19 despite confidence in health system: Poll

March 26, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - Canadians are confident that their local hospital or health agency can handle the coronavirus pandemic as it sweeps the country but more are becoming concerned that they will personally contract the virus. A poll conducted by DART & maru/Blue found 75% of respondents say they “are confident that their community hospital and health-care system could provide them with the proper medical attention if they or someone in their family contracted the virus.”...

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Finances tight for many as COVID crisis hits deep

March 26, 2020 /The Province/ - Are you reliably comfortable over the next few months or feeling tight and concerned? The reality is that as COVID-19 moves from a health crisis to an economic crisis, few working stiffs are feeling comfortable about our finances over the next few months...

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Canadian household budgets are now in danger of rapid depletion

March 26, 2020 /Mortgage Broker News/ - As much as one in five Canadians would find the entirety of their budgets worn out in just a month if their work stops amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey by DART & maru/Blue. The study, which polled 1,514 randomly selected Canadian adults online last March 19 and 20, also found that only 33% of Canadians are confident that they can endure a no-job situation for a year...

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Canadians have more faith in government to handle coronavirus than Americans and Brits—and less fear for their lives

March 26, 2020 /Maclean's/ - The novel coronavirus has now been detected around the globe, save for Greenland and Antarctica. As of Thursday, nearly 500,000 cases had been confirmed worldwide and more than 22,000 people had died. But while the spread of the virus seems universal, attitudes toward it—and toward measures aimed at limiting its spread—differ from country to country...

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Twenty per cent of Canadians would run out of cash in a month if laid off now: survey

March 25, 2020 /Calgary Herald/ - One in five Canadians would burn through all their available cash sources within a month if put out of work by efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new online survey conducted by DART & maru/Blue...

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Canadians thrown out of work by a virus can't wait for help

March 25, 2020 /Calgary Sun/ -About 20% of Canadians can’t wait for politicians to get their acts together. A Dart Maru-Blue poll conducted for the Financial Post shows that roughly one in five Canadians will run out of money before they run out of month as the COVID-19 health crisis becomes an economic crisis...

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Economic impact of COVID-19 is more of a concern than the health effects, poll finds

March 18, 2020 /The Star/ -Canadians are more worried about the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic than they are over the health effects of the virus, a new poll suggests. The Campaign Research survey provided to the Star found a staggering 99 per cent of respondents are aware of the crisis — and 93 per cent are worried about the economy...

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COVID-19: Poll shows big jump in number of concerned Canadians, but people staying reasonably calm

March 17, 2020 /National Post/ - As governments scramble to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, new polling shows that there has been a distinct jump in the level of concern among Canadians since the beginning of March...

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Nearly half of Canadians say they can't afford to miss work as coronavirus cases escalate

March 17, 2020 /Financial Post/ - CALGARY – As more restaurants and business close in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, a new poll shows nearly half of Canadians say they can’t afford to miss work and have no benefits to fall back on...

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Blog: What to Say When You Have Nothing to Say on a Survey

March 16, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - We’ve all been there. You’re invited to a new survey, you’re excited to share your opinions and earn points, but then you read a question and your mind goes blank. Continue reading to learn more...

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Lawrie McFarlane: PM’s pretend solutions for real problems

March 15, 2020 /Times Colonist/ - Not long after Justin Trudeau became prime minister — the most deeply unserious person ever to occupy that office — he created a “Results and Delivery Unit.” The purpose, we were told, was to ensure that ministers focussed with laser-like concentration on the job at hand...

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Canadians concerned but calm during market volatility: CIBC poll

TORONTO , March 11, 2020 /CNW/ - A new survey conducted by CIBC amidst last week's stock market fluctuations shows that although almost half of Canadians (48 per cent) are concerned about recent market volatility, among those who own investments the majority (90 per cent) have not made any changes to their holdings because of market activity...

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Sleep Country Canada celebrates World Sleep Day on March 13 with national giveaway

March 10, 2020 /Yahoo Finance/ - "For more than 25 years we've been dedicated to helping Canadians achieve their best sleep," said Christine Magee , Co-Founder & Chair of Sleep Country. "There are many factors that impact a good night's sleep, from your mood and stress level to the number of sleeping hours to finding the right products to suit your sleep style. We're seeing attitudes towards sleep change for the better and initiatives like World Sleep Day are reminders to invest in personal health and well-being, as we continue to work towards better sleep for all."...

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Wet'suwet'en: the mainstream media's big fail

March 10, 2020 /New Toronto/ - Now that there’s a tentative agreement to (perhaps) proceed with pipeline plans in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern BC, what will the mainstream media do with themselves? It seems like ages ago that the country had been plunged into a national crisis over protest actions in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation's opposition to Coastal GasLink’s fracked gas plans...

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New Dart & Maru/Blue Poll Finds Close to One Third of Canadian Adults are Concerned They May Contract Covid-19 Virus

TORONTO, March 7, 2020 /CNW/ - A new public opinion poll released today by polling group DART & maru/Blue shows that almost 10 million Canadian adults (32% +3 from one month ago) are concerned they may contract the Covid-19 virus. Almost half the public (46% +11) say they or someone in their household have changed their regular habits — of which more daily hand washing (38% +10), avoiding places where there are large gatherings of people such as sporting events, movies, the theatre or restaurants ( 12% +3), and purchasing extra supplies (11% +4) were the largest changes over last month...

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Corbella: Why I'm hoping the railway blockades drag on a few more months

Mar. 7, 2020 /Calgary Herald/ - Last weekend when it appeared that some kind of an “arrangement” had been reached with five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to end the month-long blockades that are crippling Canada’s economy, a part of me was disappointed...

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Ontario Liberals set to pick Del Duca as leader

Mar. 7, 2020 /Simcoe/ - Members of the former governing party will choose a new leader Saturday to take them into a provincial election that is just 27 months away. Delegate selection meetings suggest former cabinet minister Steve Del Duca is the overwhelming favourite to win the leadership at the Mississauga convention...

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Containment is futile: Is the COVID-19 coronavirus the pathogen of the century 'everyone is waiting for'?

Mar. 7, 2020 /The Chronicle Herald/ - The dog is doing well. The Pomeranian tested positive for coronavirus this week after its Hong Kong owner was infected with COVID-19, making it the first believed case of human-to-animal transmission...

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All parties should oppose sex-selective abortion

Mar. 6, 2020 /Welland Tribune/ - On Feb. 26, 2020, Cathay Wagantall, the Conservative MP for Yorkton-Melville, tabled a Private Member's Bill, Bill C-233, "The Sex-selective Abortion Act." It will soon be debated in the House of Commons. The bill, if adopted, would amend the Criminal Code to make it an offence for a medical practitioner to perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought solely on the grounds of the child's genetic sex...

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Do 'trendy' office perks actually work?

Mar. 6, 2020 /Human Resources Director/ - Attract. Retain. Engage. That is the mantra for human resources professionals in companies across the board, and sometimes the most difficult part of the magic formula is the last part of the equation — how to keep the talent you bring onboard focused, inspired and productive...

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Almost half of Canadians have changed their behaviour because of COVID-19: survey

Mar. 6, 2020 /680 news/ - Almost half of Canadians are taking specific actions in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak with one-in-three expressing concerns about catching the virus, according to a new poll by Dart and maru/Blue...

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MLA Report: Who is leading Canada?

Mar. 6, 2020 /Medicine Hat News/ - Canada has a history of being able to navigate difficult times. Generally, we have emerged from these challenges more resilient, due in large part to strong leadership. However, what we are currently witnessing in this country is a direct result of the failed leadership of our prime minister and his government...

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Why Trudeau’s Circus Act May Not Survive the Blockade Crisis

Mar. 5, 2020 /The Tyee/ - Is the curtain coming down on the Justin Trudeau era in Canadian politics? When the next election rolls around, both the Conservative and Green parties will have new leaders. Even NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is newish...

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EDITORIAL: Trudeau disappoints, new polls show

Mar. 4, 2020 /National Post/ - This year initially started as a strong one for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He kept a low profile, avoided any gaffes and took on a more mature profile, not just when it came to his salt and pepper beard but his approach to politics as well...

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Chris Selley: Most Canadians believe Canada is broken and that's nothing to sneer at

Mar. 4, 2020 /National Post/ - If 69 per cent of Canadians think the country is “broken,” as a DART & Maru/Blue poll conducted for the National Post suggests, that means it’s not just one kind of Canadian: not just Albertans furious about their landlocked bitumen; not just Quebec nationalists who feel Canada cannot accommodate their perfect society; not just those who think it absurd that a provincial pipeline dispute in northwestern British Columbia could shut down the Canadian National Railway almost four provinces away for two weeks...

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BONOKOSKI: The Wet'suwet'en scenario exposed Trudeau’s weakness

Mar. 2, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - After three days of purportedly intense talks in the northern B.C. hamlet of Smithers, Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett came out recognizing the hereditary governance system of the Wet’suwet’en Nation as if some major battle had been won...

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Maru/Blue Launches Forums Panel Management Tool

Mar. 2, 2020 /Mr. Web/ - Respondent access specialist Maru/Blue has launched a panel management tool called Forums, through which clients can manage and execute community research themselves or access support from the firm's Insight and Community Management team...

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In Canada, New Battles Brewing on Assisted Death, Hospice Care, Abortion

Mar. 2, 2020 /The Epoch Times/ - The final week of February saw substantial announcements regarding life issues in Canada. The federal government tabled Bill C-7 to expand the availability of euthanasia. Then, a hospice in Delta, British Columbia, was told it had to close in a year for refusing to provide medically assisted death...

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GOLDSTEIN: Trudeau’s strategy for reconciliation lies in ruins

Feb. 29, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - At this point it’s fair to say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy to improve relations with Canada’s Indigenous people — splitting and expanding the government bureaucracy dealing with them into two departments instead of one — has been a failure...

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Poll: 69% Of Canadians Say ‘Right Now, Canada Is Broken’ — And Trudeau Gets The Blame

Feb. 29, 2020 /Daily Caller/ - After a month of environmental extremists blockading rail traffic and constructing illegal barricades without fear of arrest, a new poll says 69% of Canadians believe that “Right now, Canada is broken.”...

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Ford's PCs lead in tight three-way race

Feb. 29, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - If an election were held in Ontario tomorrow, Doug Ford's PC Party would get the most votes, the question in would they win. Or what kind of government would they win?...

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Canada is not broken

Feb. 28, 2020 /Maclean's/ - Here is the National Post’s headline this morning: “‘Canada is broken’ says majority of Canadians”. It is the lead story and it goes on to explain that a poll by DART & Maru/Blue (a brand name that sort of just rolls off the tongue) found that 59 per cent of Canadians believe the country is not headed in the right direction. And, 69 per cent believe the country is “broken”...

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'Canada is broken,' say majority of Canadians in poll taken in wake of rail blockades

Feb. 28, 2020 /National Post/ - In a time of widespread disagreement and ever-increasing polarization, there remains a bitter solidarity among Canadians in the belief that the government doesn’t know what it’s doing. In the wake of regional discontent from the western provinces and blockades jamming up the country’s rail network, a towering majority of Canadians agree with the statement, “Right now, Canada is broken.”...

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Trudeau asks MPs to approve $2.1 BILLION for Indigenous communities

Feb. 28, 2020 /The Post Millennial/ - As the nation’s economy continues to sputter due to nationwide anti-pipeline protests and blockades, the Trudeau government wants $2.1 billion for Indigenous communities. That’s approximately 53 percent of the $3.8 billion the government is asking MPs to approve in supplementary spending according to CBC...

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Canadian politician introduces bill to ban aborting babies because they’re girls

OTTAWA, February 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian Conservative politician tabled a private member’s bill Wednesday to make it a crime for a medical practitioner to knowingly kill an unborn child solely because of the baby’s sex...

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Over half of Ontario Voters support making Public Education an “Essential Service”

Feb. 27, 2020 /Campaign research/ - Campaign Research has conducted a public opinion study with 1003 Ontario Voters on their views with the ongoing dispute between Ontario Teachers and the government of Ontario...

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CIBC poll finds more than half of Canadian women say financial security contributes to their happiness

TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2020 /CNW/ - A new CIBC study finds that many (59 per cent) Canadian women say financial security contributes to their happiness. But getting to a good place financially is tricky, as many regret not focusing on saving and investing at a younger age...

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Canadians unaware of warning signs of sex trafficking: new survey

TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2020 /CNW/ - A majority of Canadians (73%) believe sex trafficking starts with an abduction off the streets and 47% equate it with being kidnapped and forced to trade sex for money – both common misconceptions as victims are often groomed, lured and recruited, likely by someone they know...

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Casey House Rewrites the Stories of Beloved TV Characters to Smash Stigma Around HIV/AIDS

TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Study reveals 65 million North Americans would rather their favourite TV character die than see them get diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Today Casey House is launching their latest Smash Stigma campaign with the release of “never-before-seen” episodes of Friends and The Office...

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If we think politics is so interesting, why don’t we think it’s important?

Feb. 18, 2020 /The star/ - John Baird, a veteran Conservative politician, was interested in seeking his party’s leadership, but ultimately decided it wasn’t important enough to him to justify disrupting his life...

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Blog: Is It Déjà Vu or Is It a Tracking Study?

February 14, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - Sometimes you may feel like you're being asked similar questions that you've already answered in previous surveys, or it may even feel like you’re repeating an entire survey over again. Continue reading to learn more...

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New poll shows majority of Canadians want to ban late-term, sex-selective abortions

CANADA, February 13, 2020 - (LifeSiteNews) – A recent survey shows a majority of Canadians are opposed to late-term and sex-selective abortion and would support making these practices illegal. - To put it bluntly, the public is fed up with the rotating strikes teachers have launched across the province and they want it to stop. A new poll shows overwhelming support for sitting both sides down and forcing them to find a solution...

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57 percent of Canadians are distracted, lose up to 2 hours of productivity each workday

TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Close to 60 percent of Canadians report they battle distraction at work — resulting in up to two hours of lost productivity every day — according to a new national survey commissioned by iQ Offices, the largest Canadian-owned coworking company, featuring workspaces designed for productivity...

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Teachers gain edge in battle for public opinion

Feb. 9, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - To put it bluntly, the public is fed up with the rotating strikes teachers have launched across the province and they want it to stop. A new poll shows overwhelming support for sitting both sides down and forcing them to find a solution...

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Majority of Canadians aren't afraid of contracting the coronavirus, poll finds

Feb. 4, 2020 /National Post/ - Nearly one-fifth of Canadians say they would move if a person who appeared to be Chinese sat beside on them on a bus, given fears that they might contract coronavirus, according to new poll...

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Canadians confident, calm with coronavirus situation: poll

Feb. 4, 2020 /City News/ - Confident and calm — these are the two major takeaways from a new poll about how Canadians feel about the coronavirus outbreak. The ARTDART & Maru/Blue Voice Canada poll released Tuesday showed that 69 per cent of Canadians “believe that their Canadian officials and leaders have dealt with the coronavirus matter” in a “prudent and measured way.”...

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As abortion debate becomes increasingly polarized, poll shows the views of many Canadians are more complicated

Jan. 31, 2020 /City News/ - At 21 weeks a fetus doesn’t have the ability to breathe outside a woman’s body. The alveoli, the tiny sacs that fill with oxygen, haven’t fully developed, and its premature lungs lack surfactant, the slippery substance that keeps those tiny air sacs from collapsing and sticking together when they deflate...

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Majority of Canadians 'satisfied' with the country's abortion policies: poll

Jan. 31, 2020 /City News/ - A majority of the Canadian public are satisfied with the country’s abortion policies, a new poll says. The DART & Maru/Blue Voice Canada poll released on Friday says 75 per cent of Canadians were “satisfied” with Canada’s abortion policies, with 25 per cent indicating they are not satisfied...

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As abortion debate becomes increasingly polarized, poll shows the views of many Canadians are more complicated

Jan. 31, 2020 /National Post/ - At 21 weeks a fetus doesn’t have the ability to breathe outside a woman’s body. The alveoli, the tiny sacs that fill with oxygen, haven’t fully developed, and its premature lungs lack surfactant, the slippery substance that keeps those tiny air sacs from collapsing and sticking together when they deflate...

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Skyscanner Report: More Canadians Looking To Travel This Year

Jan. 27, 2020 /Travel Pulse Canada/ - A new study by Skyscanner has some interesting observations about Canadian travellers, which could mean more opportunities for Canadian agents. With 2019 in the books, Skyscanner analyzed Canadian traveller data to determine where Canadians have been, where they'll go next, and what the best value destinations are for 2020...

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Human advice tops search engines when finances are involved

Jan. 21, 2020 /Advisor's edge/ - Canadians place a high value on human advice, especially when it comes to a financial decision or major life event. A recent CIBC poll found that 63% of Canadians would rather speak to another person when seeking out advice than rely on information from the web...

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Human vs machine: CIBC poll finds most Canadians value personal advice over a search engine

TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2020 /CNW/ - Despite technology making it easier than ever to access information, a recent CIBC poll shows that when it comes to major life events, such as getting married, buying a home, or finding a job, many respondents (63 per cent) prefer to ask their friends and family for advice...

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Harry for GG? He'd be better than the astronaut!

Jan. 20, 2020 /Toronto Sun/ - It’s a long shot to be sure, but with 61% of Canadians supporting the idea of Prince Harry becoming the next Governor General, I say why not...

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Posts Tagged ‘ Dart and Maru/Blue Voice Canada poll ’

Jan. 18, 2020 /Counterweight/ - Getting real about Harry and Meghan in Canada 2020 (or is this really the future we want to go back to?)...

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Prince Harry BOOST: The new special role Canadians want for Duke of Sussex

Jan. 17, 2020 /Express/ - PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle have been outspoken of their love for Canada. But could Prince Harry be given a special role there in the foreseeable future?...

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PRETZER: To hell with Harry, Meghan and all of the monarchy

Jan. 17, 2020 /Simcoe Reformer/ - Two people from across the pond who are famous for doing nothing decided to toughen up a bit and look for a new home and real jobs. No, I am not speaking about the run-of-the-mill reality star all too common in pop culture in the United Kingdom or BOJO the Prime Minister...

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Does Canada want Harry and Meghan?

Jan. 17, 2020 /The Article/ - Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be stepping back from their duties as senior members of the Royal Family. While some pertinent details of this “transition period” still have to be privately discussed and publicly announced, one thing that has been revealed is they will spend time in both Canada and the UK...

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Blog: For Fact or Fun: Research Questions vs. Engagement Questions

January 17, 2020 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - Have you noticed that we share individual questions on our website homepage and on our social media channels? These are called engagement questions, and they differ from traditional research questions. Continue reading to learn more...

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Chris Selley: Megxit really is messing with giddy Canadians' heads

Jan. 14, 2020 /National Post/ - North American media coverage of Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit the Firm has produced multiple head explosions here in Canada, to go along with the many reported in recent weeks at Buckingham Palace, Sandringham House and various other Royal properties...

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How much time does your client spend worrying about money?

Jan. 14, 2020 /Advisor's Edge/ - Millennials spend more time worrying about finances than older Canadians, according to a poll commissioned by Scotiabank. The Financial Worry poll found that Canadians spend an average of two hours a day worrying about finances — and the amount of time spent worrying decreases with age...

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Canadians would back Prince Harry as governor general

Jan. 12, 2020 /Daily Pakistan/ - A majority of Canadians would support making Britain’s Prince Harry the country’s next governor-general, according to a poll published Friday as his wife, Meghan, returned to Canada.Sixty-one per cent of the Canadians polled said they would support having Harry replace current governor-general, Julie Payette, when her term expires, the National Post said...

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Canadians would back Prince Harry as governor general: poll

Jan. 11, 2020 /Macau Business/ - A majority of Canadians would support making Britain’s Prince Harry the country’s next governor general, according to a poll published Friday as his wife, Meghan, returned to Canada. Sixty-one percent of the Canadians polled said they would support having Harry replace current governor general Julie Payette when her term expires, the National Post said...

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Canadians would back Prince Harry as governor general: poll

Jan. 11, 2020 /Saudi Gazette/ - MONTREAL - A majority of Canadians would support making Britain's Prince Harry the country's next governor general, according to a poll published Friday as his wife, Meghan, returned to Canada. Sixty-one percent of the Canadians polled said they would support having Harry replace current governor general Julie Payette when her term expires, the National Post said...

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If Prince Harry Is The Next Governor General He Wouldn't Be The First Prince In The Role

Jan. 11, 2020 /Narcity/ - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are taking a step back from life in the royal family. They have said that they plan to divide their time between the UK and North America. With that in mind, some Canadians are imagining what it would be like to have Prince Harry as Governor General of Canada....

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Poll: Canadians would back Prince Harry as governor general

Jan. 11, 2020 /FMT News/ - MONTREAL: A majority of Canadians would support making Britain’s Prince Harry the country’s next governor general, according to a poll published Friday as his wife, Meghan, returned to Canada...

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New job for Prince Harry? Canadians say Duke should take up MAJOR position - POLL

Jan. 10, 2020 /Express/ - According to a Postmedia poll, more than 60 per cent of Canadians support the appointment of Prince Harry to the country’s governor general, a post earning around £223,000 a year. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have said that they wish to become “financially independent”, which this appointment would allow...

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Why Meghan and Harry have Canada in their sights

Jan. 10, 2020 /BBC News/ - Since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their intention to step back as "senior" royals and live part-time in North America, Canada has been aflutter...

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Poll: Most Canadians would support Prince Harry as the next governor general

Jan. 10, 2020 /The Post Millenial/ - Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made their departure from the royal family, a poll found that a majority of Canadians say they would support having Prince Harry as Canada’s next governor general. The current governor general is Julie Payette...

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A majority of Canadians want Prince Harry to become governor general, poll says

Jan. 9, 2020 /Vancouver Sun/ - More than 60 per cent of Canadians said they support the appointment of Prince Harry to governor general, a Postmedia poll has found...

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Will Prince Harry take over the post of governor general? Canadians are hopeful, poll says

Jan. 9, 2020 /National Post/ - Following the Great Departure of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the royal family, which some are calling Megxit, a majority of Canadians say they’d support the Duke of Sussex taking Julie Payette’s place as the next governor general...

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Blog: 3 Questions About Online Surveys (Answered by an Online Research Company)

December 17, 2019 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! We answered three frequently asked questions about taking online surveys. Continue reading to learn more...

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Blog: How to be the Best Survey Taker (and Earn the Most Rewards!)

November 21, 2019 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - When completing online surveys, you should always take it seriously and give your best effort – not only because it’s the right thing to do (your insights influence important business decisions!) but also because you’ll have a better chance at earning more rewards if you’re a quality survey taker...

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Blog: What to Look For in a Survey Site

October 30, 2019 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - How can you tell if a survey site is trustworthy and reputable before you sign up? There’s certain information you should keep in mind when researching whether or not a survey panel is right for you. Continue reading to learn more...

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Blog: Your Opinion in Action: Building a Better Loyalty Program

September 16, 2019 /Maru Voice Canada Blog/ - What happens after you submit your survey responses? Where do your answers go? How is your opinion used? We want to answer these questions by sharing past examples of how your responses and opinions have influenced clients to make better business decisions. Continue reading to learn more...

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