Presentation on theme: "EKOS Data Sources on Political Participation: Syndicated Products Presentation to Metropolis Project “Bringing Worlds Together: The Study of Political."— Presentation transcript:
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
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%
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. 3000 nationally representative Canadians survey of Canadian decision-makers (public, private & third sector)
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
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
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.
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=2369 6.7 5.8 5.6 5.5 5.2 4.9 July-00 n=1505 6.6 5.8 5.4 5.3 5.2 5.0 Jan.-01 n=3099 6.6 5.8 5.4 5.5 5.1
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
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 2000-01 study: survey of 2493 nationally representative Canadians Deliberative groups on several thematic issues Citizen Engagement
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
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
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
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?
Virtual Activism Have you ever participated in any of the following activities? Sent an e-mail 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
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….?
Voting at the Federal Level How often have you voted in federal elections? Immigrant or Canadian Born Date of Landed Status
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
Signed a Petition How often have you signed a petition? Immigrant or Canadian Born Date of Landed Status