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.
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.
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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)
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)
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.
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June 2020: Personal Debt (Post-COVID-19)
March 2020: Personal Debt (Pre-COVID-19)
December 2019: Local Government Transparency
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