Taking the Pulse looked at public opinion on aboriginal issues and the economy in Saskatchewan.
First, aboriginal issues (pdf):
- Aboriginal people make an important contribution to Saskatchewan’s economy today Agree 57% Disagree 39%
- Aboriginal people will make an important contribution to Saskatchewan’s future economy. Agree 74% Disagree 22%
- Public investments in Aboriginal education pay off in the long run. Agree 72% Disagree 24%
- Aboriginal self-government is important to the future of Saskatchewan. Agree 45% Disagree 49%
- Aboriginal people do not pay enough taxes in Saskatchewan. Agree 63% Disagree 24%
- Governments need to ensure that on-reserve housing is properly funded. Agree 71% Disagree 24%
Next, the economy (pdf):
- How optimistic are you about the possibility of young people finding goods jobs in Saskatchewan. Optimistic 87% Pessimistic 13%
- Home ownership is attainable for everyone in Saskatchewan as long as they work hard, save money and spend wisely. Agree 68% Disagree 30%
- What is the minimum level of education needed to be a productive citizen in today’s knowledge-based, globally connected world. Bachelor’s University Degree or trade diploma 37%
- The Saskatchewan Government should NOT reduce workers’ collective bargaining rights. Agree 68% Disagree 21%
- The Saskatchewan government should reduce the provincial sales tax and replace the revenue by increasing provincial income taxes. 24% Agree 69% Disagree
- The Saskatchewan government should raise the income tax rate on high income earners in order to fund programs to bring low income individuals above the poverty level. Agree 69% Disagree 28%
Keatings, T., Innes, R., Laliberte, R., Howe, E. Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan 2012: Aboriginal Issues in Saskatchewan. (Saskatoon, Sask.: Social Sciences Research Laboratories, University of Saskatchewan, 2012).
Keatings, T., Jones, K., Gilchrist, D., Huq, M., Walker, R. Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan 2012: Saskatchewan’s Economy. (Saskatoon, Sask.: Social Sciences Research Laboratories, University of Saskatchewan, 2012).