Poll: Millennials Very Concerned about Federal Debt
- New poll data released by the Manning Centre shows 82% of Canadian millennials consider the federal debt to be a “major” problem
The Manning Centre released poll results today that show the vast majority of Canadian millennials consider the federal government’s rising debt to be a “major” problem. The poll results are part of a larger poll the Manning Centre will be releasing at the 2017 Manning Centre Conference (Feb 23-25) in Ottawa.
Specifically, participants were asked – Which of these statements do you think best describes the federal budget deficit and the national debt?”
- 40% “Major problem – address now”
- 42% “Major problem – address when economy improves”
- 13% “Minor problem”
- 5% “Not a problem”
“It’s encouraging to see that millennials seem to understand they’re going to be left with the bill for the federal government’s rising debt levels,” said Preston Manning, Founder of the Manning Centre. “But the bigger question is what are they going to do about it? Speak out? Engage with elected officials? Propose cost-cutting measures? Organize demands for action through social media?”
“However millennials propose to engage, the Manning Centre hopes to assist them through our research, training and networking capabilities,” added Manning.
Breakdown by region:
|Major problem - address now||34%||44%||42%||43%||39%||35%|
|Major problem - address when economy improves||42%||44%||40%||40%||44%||49%|
|Not a problem||3%||5%||6%||4%||7%||4%|
This polling research was conducted October 11-19, 2016 via online interviews using a random sample of 2,000 Canadians aged 15-34 years. A corresponding random sample of the population would yield results accurate to within ±2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.