A blind spot for one’s own skills

Alex Ballingall

British Columbia: Nearly half (49 per cent) of the province’s drivers think their fellow road warriors are ruder behind the wheel today than they were five years ago. The most common complaint—something 82 per cent of those surveyed have experienced in the last three months—was a fellow driver’s late signal, or no signal at all. Seventy-three per cent have been tailgated. And yet, when asked to rate their own performance on the road, 82 per cent of those surveyed gave themselves an A or B.

Alberta: With 74 per cent support, Albertans are the most likely in Canada to say they have a good quality of life. That’s probably due, say researchers, to the province’s strong economic standing. Quebec, on the other hand, has the lowest degree of satisfaction. Only 61 per cent of Quebecers say they have a good quality of life.

Ontario: It’s been over a year since the G8 and G20 meetings in Ontario, and the support for police actions that weekend has dropped significantly among residents of Toronto, where over 1,100 people were arrested. Just after the summits, 73 per cent of Torontonians said the police actions were justified. Now, only 41 per cent feel that’s the case.

Quebec: Quebecers seem to be worried about their province’s seniors’ homes. Fifty-eight per cent think the criteria for opening a private seniors’ residence are too relaxed. And more than 80 per cent think coroners should have the power to investigate deaths in both public and private seniors’ homes.

Atlantic: When it comes to purchasing life insurance, 70 per cent of Atlantic Canadians who aren’t covered say they never think about it. What’s more, 34 per cent of them say they’ve never discussed the issue with their partner, and 24 per cent say their relationship isn’t serious enough to warrant the conversation.

Sources: TD Waterhouse, Association des québecoise des rétraité(e)s des secteurs public et parapublic, Ekos, Angus Reid, Ipsos Reid