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Anger in Canada towards government, economy, and policies reaches record high

By Isaac Lamoureux, True North Wire

The level of anger felt by Canadians towards the government, economy, and current events is increasing, reaching record levels, according to Pollara’s Rage Index.

The index asks Canadians about their levels of pleasure with the federal and provincial government, the national economy, Canadians’ personal finance situation, the types of changes happening in Canada, and the latest stories in the news.

The average percentage of Canadians annoyed or angry about the six topics in the Rage Index was 58%, a 5% rise since January. The number of Canadians who were very angry about the six topics saw a 4% rise to 21%.

“The Rage Index hit a new high in April, with record levels of anger about the Canadian economy, and both federal and provincial governments,” said the report.

The highest levels of anger or annoyance came towards the Canadian economy, followed by the latest stories in the news, with 67% and 63% having an overall annoyed or angry sentiment towards the two.

While anger towards the provincial government was highest in Ontario, at 60%, B.C. saw the biggest increase. Anger towards the provincial government in B.C. jumped from 38% in January to 54% in Apr., an increase of 16%.

While Alberta and Ontario saw 9% and 8% increases, respectively, anger towards the provincial government in Quebec fell by 1% between January and April.

Gen X (44-59 years old) was the angriest generation, with the highest level of people who were annoyed/angry towards the federal government, the Canadian economy, and the types of changes happening in Canada. Political affiliations also influenced Rage Index levels. Conservative voters were more annoyed/angry and very angry in almost every category. Liberal voters were the most content, with NDP and Bloc Québecois supporters being nearly tied in their anger index levels.

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