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1 EKOS Data Sources on Political Participation: Syndicated Products Presentation to Metropolis Project “Bringing Worlds Together: The Study of Political Participation of Women in Canada and Lessons for Research on Newcomers and Minority Political Participation” March 23, 2002

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3 Challenges  Definitions of Newcomer and Minority  Self-reported ethnicity vs. visible minority  When does someone become “newcomer”  Incidence levels in general population surveys vary considerably by type  Electoral and Non-Electoral Participation  Behaviour and attitudes; Self-reporting biases  Relate to broader questions of expectations and values  “Other” Languages and Interviewing  Gen pop approx. 1%

4  Syndicated research survey(s) currently in the 8 th study year  Objective: to provide timely research for clients on key issues within a broader thematic context (e.g. inequality, North American Integration, trust and ethics)  Horizontal issue focus differentiates it from omnibus  Current study:  3 surveys of approx nationally representative Canadians  survey of Canadian decision-makers (public, private & third sector)

5 Areas Covered  Attitudes toward Government  General & specific performance  Trust and ethics  Priorities for government  Desire for government involvement  Short/Long term Outlook  State of economy  Personal security (economic and non- economic)  Policy issues  Long-term tracking of key issues (immigration; health)  Short-term policy options and vision ideas  Civic culture and behaviour  Values  Identity  Participation; social capital and social cohesion

6 Profiling Variables  Characteristics Related to Immigration/Ethnicity  Language (first learned and understood)  Country of birth (16% outside Canada)  Year achieved landed status (dispersed throughout decades)  Ancestry (ethnic or cultural group of ancestors)  Parents (33% at least one not born in Canada)  Self-identified: visible minority (10%); aboriginal person (3%); disabled person (4%)  Regular demographics  Income; employment status  Education; Age, Gender  Household type  Community size

7 Trust in Federal Government How much do you trust the government in Ottawa to do what is right? July 2000 (n=2146) March 1999 (n=1506) August 2001 (n=3004) General Pop.

8 Some people have a stronger sense of belonging to some things than others. Please tell me how strong your own personal sense of belonging is to each of the following. Sense of Belonging Your family Your province Your community North America* Canada The world* Somewhat to intense sense of belonging (5, 6, 7 on a 7-point scale) Rethinking Government, January 2001 n=3099; *half sample Feb.-94 n= July-00 n= Jan.-01 n=

9 Civic Activism How often have you…? Written a letter to a newspaper Attended a religious service Donated time to a cause you believe in Donated money to a cause you believe in

10  Syndicated research survey(s) currently in the 3rd study year  Objective: to offer a comprehensive research into attitudes about consulting with and engaging Canadians in the policy process  study:  survey of 2493 nationally representative Canadians  Deliberative groups on several thematic issues Citizen Engagement

11 Areas Covered  Attitudes toward government  Trust  Cynicism  Influence  Accountability and Reporting to public  Importance  Rating performance  Favoured modes of communication  Broad attitudes to engagement  Appetite for engagement  Priorities  Drivers for participation  Experience with engagement

12 Profiling Variables  Characteristics Related to Immigration/Ethnicity  Language (first learned and understood)  Country of birth; year achieved landed status  Ancestry (ethnic or cultural group of ancestors)  Parents (33% at least one not born in Canada); also Grandparents  Regular demographics  Income  Education  Age  Household type  Community size  Gender

13 Appetite for Engagement In your opinion, do you feel that there are too many, too few, or about the right number of citizen engagement exercises on public policy in Canada? Too few About right number Too many

14 Public Experience with Consultation/ Citizen Engagement Exercise How often would you say that you have taken part in a government- sponsored consultation or engagement exercise?

15 Virtual Activism Have you ever participated in any of the following activities? Sent an to a government official Registered opinion on a web site specifically designed to obtain citizen views on a political issue Visited a Gov’t Web site Participated in a chat or discussion group over the internet on a political issue n=1,921

16 Civic Activism Voted in Federal elections Voted in Municipal elections Voted in Provincial elections Kept informed on public affairs Donated time/money to cause you believe in Participated in a voluntary group or assoc. Attended religious services Signed a petition How often have you….?

17 Voting at the Federal Level How often have you voted in federal elections? Immigrant or Canadian Born Date of Landed Status

18 Member of a Political Party How often have you been a member of a political party of worked for a political party? Immigrant or Canadian Born Date of Landed Status

19 Signed a Petition How often have you signed a petition? Immigrant or Canadian Born Date of Landed Status

20 EKOS RESARCH ASSOCIATES t: f:


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