Taking the Pulse of Canada

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Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan

About the Project

Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan is a project-driven partnership between CHASR and Postmedia News Saskatchewan. The project encompasses an ongoing quarterly survey of a random and representative sample of 400 Saskatchewan residents on a variety of ‘hot-button’ topics. Each quarter (March, June, September, and December), results of the project are profiled in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and the Regina Leader-Post in print and online, as well as through the University of Saskatchewan and other media outlets.

Methodology

Each quarterly iteration of Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan is based on 400 completed telephone interviews (landlines and cell phones) among randomly-selected Saskatchewan residents, 18 years of age and older. Each iteration garners an overall margin of error of +4.9% 19 times out of 20. Weights are applied to the data to ensure representativeness by key demographic variables according to the 2016 Canadian Census.

News Stories

Nearly half dissatisfied with Sask. fourth wave course, poll suggests (Saskatoon StarPhoenix: September 23, 2021)

Most in Sask. think big events should require jab proof, poll suggests (Regina Leader-Post: June 29, 2021)

Sask. safe drug consumption awaits gov. funding decision (Saskatoon StarPhoenix: April 3, 2021)

Poll says Sask. losing ground on pandemic response (Regina Leader-Post: December 17, 2020)

Most Saskatchewan voters remain undecided for election, poll suggests (Saskatoon StarPhoenix: September 16, 2020)

Sask. residents report taking on less debt since pandemic began (Regina Leader-Post: July 3, 2020)

Majority of Sask. residents surveyed want province to make local governments more transparent (Saskatoon StarPhoenix: December 19, 2019)

Economy, climate change top election issues in Saskatchewan (Regina Leader-Post: September 19, 2019)

84 per cent of Sask. residents want presumed-consent organ donation (Saskatoon StarPhoenix: July 3, 2019)

Nine in 10 Sask. residents want incident reports into workplace fatalities made public (Regina Leader-Post: March 22, 2019)

Majority of Sask. residents support mandatory vaccinations for children and youth (Saskatoon StarPhoenix: December 28, 2018)

Nearly half of Sask. residents support status-quo gun laws (Regina Leader-Post: September 26, 2018)

Most Sask. residents won't consume pot once it's legal (Saskatoon StarPhoenix: June 22, 2018)

More than 80 per cent of Sask. residents express pro-choice views (Regina Leader-Post: March 24, 2018)

What would you do if your property was threatened? (Saskatoon StarPhoenix: December 26, 2017)

Available Data

Cleaned, weighted, and de-identified data from Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan, in both Microsoft Excel and SPSS file formats, are posted here approximately one month after each quarterly survey iteration.

Taking the Pulse Survey Quarter Excel Data File SPSS Data File

September 2021: Government Handling of COVID-19

June 2021: Proof of Vaccination

March 2021: Safe Drug Consumption Sites

December 2020: COVID-19

September 2020: Provincial Election 2020

June 2020: Personal Debt (Post-COVID-19)

March 2020: Personal Debt (Pre-COVID-19)

December 2019: Local Government Transparency

September 2019: Federal Election 2019

June 2019: Organ Donation

March 2019: Workplace Fatality Reports

December 2018: Vaccinations

September 2018: Gun Control

June 2018: Marijuana Consumption

March 2018: Abortion

December 2017: Property Crime

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CBC Saskatchewan Partnership

About the Partnership

In 2018, CHASR's predecessor, the Social Sciences Research Laboratories, entered into a formal partnership with CBC Saskatchewan to provide ongoing quarterly public opinion data for publication on CBC's various media and partner platforms. CHASR continues to support this valuable partnership with CBC Saskatchewan through embedded questions in our quarterly omnibus telephone survey each March, June, September, and December.

Methodology

Data collected on behalf of CBC Saskatchewan each quarter is based on 400 completed telephone interviews (landlines and cell phones) among randomly-selected Saskatchewan residents, 18 years of age and older. Each quarterly survey garners an overall margin of error of +4.9% 19 times out of 20. Weights are applied to the data to ensure representativeness by key demographic variables according to the 2016 Canadian Census.

News Stories

Most Sask. residents believe climate change human-caused but fewer willing to act: survey (CBC News: October 11, 2021)

Sask. residents split on province funding safe consumption sites, survey suggests (CBC News: July 13, 2021)

Sask. survey looks at neighbours before and during COVID-19 pandemic (CBC News: June 2, 2021)

Urban/rural split on vaccine confidence echoes health-care history (CBC News: December 17, 2020)

4 out of 5 Sask. residents in new U of S survey say they will get the COVID-19 vaccine (CBC News: December 17, 2020)

Survey suggests COVID-19 will be on voters' minds in upcoming Sask. election (CBC News: September 16, 2020)

Sask. residents not yet comfortable sending kids back to school, COVID-19 survey suggests (CBC News: June 25, 2020)

In defence of 'anti-scab' legislation (CBC News: April 15, 2020)

The arguments for 'anti-scab' legislation are flawed (CBC News: April 15, 2020)

Federal election had little to no effect on amount of Wexit support in Sask.: survey (CBC News: December 10, 2019)

Poll suggests Greens surging in Sask. Can they be more than just spoilers? (CBC News: September 20, 2019)

Disenfranchisement and disappointment: Idea of Western Canadian separation has deep roots in Prairies (CBC News: September 20, 2019)

Survey says: economy, climate change and cost of living top issues for Sask. voters (CBC News: September 19, 2019)

Majority of residents say Sask. is becoming more welcoming to LGBTQ community: poll (CBC News: June 19, 2019)

Survey finds Sask. residents divided on public funding for Catholic schools (CBC News: March 14, 2019)

What does religion mean to you? 3 perspectives on faith and religion in Sask. (CBC News: January 27, 2019)

'As long as you're not hurting anyone' is not a high enough bar for a religion (CBC News: January 22, 2019)

Learning to live after a loss of faith: why some may back away from religion (CBC News: January 21, 2019)

'Money talks': Trump may be more popular in Sask. than polling suggests (CBC News: October 3, 2018)

Sask. poll results 'on the low side' for Trump support: New Republic writer (CBC News: October 3, 2018)

'Truth hurts': Sask. Trump supporters say deep down you like him too (CBC News: October 3, 2018)

Media Commentary

CHASR staff are commonly called upon by the media to provide expert opinion on a variety of matters related to rigorous and robust applied and social research methodologies.

Media Inquiries

Media inquiries may be directed to chasr@usask.ca.