Nanos Number: For voters, it's the economy, stupid

In a new weekly segment on CBC's Power & Politics, Nik Nanos shares revealing stories behind the numbers. This week: 47 per cent of Canadians rate "fiscal management" a perfect 10 in importance when evaluating a provincial leader.

47% of Canadians rate fiscal management a 10 out of 10 when evaluating a premier

In a new weekly segment on CBC's Power & Politics, Nik Nanos, president of Nanos Research, shares revealing stories behind poll numbers 6:09

Nik Nanos digs beneath the numbers with CBC Power & Politics host Evan Solomon to get to the political, economic and social forces that shape our lives.

This week's number: 47.

That's the percentage of Canadians who rate "Fiscal frameworks, managing a province's money" a 10 out of 10 in importance when evaluating provincial leadership.

The number:

The source: Nanos IRPP survey, Apri 13-14 

The number is from a random representative online survey of 1,002 Canadians aged 18 and over, conducted by Nanos Research April 13-14, 2012. See more on the source data here.

The "perfect 10" ranking by nearly half of respondents suggests that management of a province's money is the most important consideration for voters when choosing a premier — and may help explain the recent electoral success of incumbent premiers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and even Ontario.

Watch this week's Nanos Number above.

Recognized as one of Canada's top research experts, Nik Nanos provides numbers-driven counsel to senior executives and major organizations. He leads the analyst team at Nanos, is a Fellow of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association and a Research Associate Professor with SUNY (Buffalo).