About the Project

Taking the Pulse of Saskatchewan is an exciting project-driven partnership between the University of Saskatchewan’s Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL) and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and the Regina LeaderPost.

The project encompasses an ongoing quarterly survey of a random, representative sample of 400 Saskatchewan residents on a variety of timely ‘hot-button’ topics in the province. Embedded within the SSRL’s 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 LeaderPost 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 #ttpsask on Twitter to join in the conversation on social media.


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.


Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina LeaderPost
Taking the Pulse: What would you do if your property was threatened?                                                (Saskatoon StarPhoenix: December 26, 2017)
University of Saskatchewan
Going beyond the headlines                                                                                                                          (On Campus News: January 12, 2018)
Other Media
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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
December 2017
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