Canadians, particularly those in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, are entering 2013 in a more positive mood about their finances than a year ago, a poll released Thursday suggests.
The Harris-Decima poll conducted for CIBC found that 70 per cent of those surveyed were feeling positive about their current financial situation — up six percentage points from a similar survey conducted in late 2011.
People who were 65 and older formed the most confident age group, at 73 per cent feeling positive about their current situation. Respondents aged 25 to 34 were the least satisfied group at 67 per cent.
There was significant variation depending on the region, both in terms of satisfaction about current finance and confidence and attaining future goals.
Only 65 per cent of respondents in British Columbia and the Atlantic region said they felt positive about their financial situation when the poll was conducted. That was 10 percentage points below respondents in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and nine points below respondents in Ontario.
Manitoba and Saskatchewan also had the most confidence about meeting future financial goals, with 84 per cent giving positive responses. That was 20 points ahead of Quebec, the least confident region at 64 per cent.
The poll was a telephone survey of about 2,000 adults across Canada, conducted between Oct. 25 and Nov. 4.
A sample of this size is considered to be accurate within 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, on a national basis.