According to a new poll on the national temperament by Ipsos Reid, carried out for Canwest News Service and Global Television, 71 per cent of Canadians are “really angry or upset” about skyrocketing gas prices.
But consumer complaints aren’t the only thing making us hot under the collar.
Of the 1,022 people surveyed in the poll, 62 per cent say they’re angry about inaction on environmental issues, 53 per cent are angry about taxes, 51 per cent are upset about neighbourhood crime, and 47 per cent are upset by Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.
On the eve of the Beijing Olympics, 43 per cent are even angry about the Chinese government crackdown in Tibet.
In total, 55 per cent of all poll respondents say they’re angry or upset about one of these six issues, compared to only 26 per cent who say they’re content, or 18 per cent who aren’t happy, but are “resigned” to the current state of affairs.
The angry majority consists of two volatile groups: one - 20 per cent of the total - who are doing or planning to do something to show their frustrations, and another - 35 per cent - who are bottling up their anger because they can’t “do anything about it.”
The real shocker 29% aren't angry about gas prices, I thought for once unanimity ruled the land. Good to see some pent up frustration on the environment, another indicator that it will be a focus issue in the next election.