About the Project

Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan is a project-driven partnership between the University of Saskatchewan’s Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) and Postmedia News Saskatchewan (Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post).

The project encompasses an ongoing quarterly survey of a random and representative sample of 400 Saskatchewan residents on a variety of timely ‘hot-button’ topics in the province. Embedded within the SSRL Quarterly Omnibus Telephone Survey, Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan builds on the successful brand and community-engagement model established in past iterations of the project in 2001, and again in 2012.

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. Stories related to the project are posted on this website as they become available. Use the hashtag #ttpsask on Twitter to join in the conversation on social media.

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. This means that we can expect the results to accurately reflect the opinions of all Saskatchewan residents, 18 years of age and older, to within 4.9% higher or lower than the stated value, 95% of the time. Weights are applied to the data to ensure representativeness by key demographic variables according to the 2016 Canadian Census.

Media

Postmedia News Saskatchewan

Economy, climate change top election issues in Saskatchewan: U of S survey  (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)
University of Saskatchewan

SSRL partners with Saskatchewan media to explore ‘hot-button issues’  (College of Arts & Science News: October 11, 2018)

Going beyond the headlines  (On Campus News: January 12, 2018)
Other Media

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 Sask. residents have pro-choice views about abortion: survey  (CBC News: March 24, 2018)

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 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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