October 6th, 2016
Poverty and affordable housing are also seen among the three most pressing social issues facing the country.
This research is dedicated to the memory of Port Moody teenager Gwynevere Staddon. Our goal is to raise the bar on awareness and education, and to inspire governments, stakeholder groups, citizens, parents and youth to take action and prevent further losses from this devastating problem.
Vancouver, BC – Addiction—whether involving drugs, fentanyl, prescription opiates or alcohol—is regarded as one of the most pressing social issues facing the country, a new Canada-wide Insights West poll has found.
In the online survey of a representative national sample, Canadians were asked to outline the three most important social issues facing the country today. Seven-in-ten (71%) included poverty in their ranking, followed by affordable housing (68%), addiction (66%), immigration (62%), racism and race relations (61%), homelessness (also 61%) and smoking and tobacco use (60%).
Three-in-ten Canadians (30%) say addiction has impacted them personally or people close to them. The number is similar for poverty (34%) and smoking and tobacco use (31%), but lower for racism (20%) and homelessness (18%).