• 40% “Major problem – address now”
  • 42% “Major problem – address when economy improves”
  • 13% “Minor problem”
  •  5%  “Not a problem”

“It’s encouraging to see that millennials seem to understand they’re going to be left with the bill for the federal government’s rising debt levels,” said Preston Manning, Founder of the Manning Centre. “But the bigger question is what are they going to do about it? Speak out? Engage with elected officials? Propose cost-cutting measures? Organize demands for action through social media?”

“However millennials propose to engage, the Manning Centre hopes to assist them through our research, training and networking capabilities,” added Manning.

Breakdown by region:

BC AB SK/MB ON QC ATL
Major problem – address now 34% 44% 42% 43% 39% 35%
Major problem – address when economy improves 42% 44% 40% 40% 44% 49%
Minor problem 21% 8% 12% 13% 11% 12%
Not a problem 3% 5% 6% 4% 7% 4%

This survey was conducted by Mission Research October 11-19, 2016 via online interviews using a random sample of 2,000 Canadians aged 15-34 years. A corresponding random sample of the population would yield results accurate to within ±2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.