The housing market has many Canadians seeing red. 

According to the first-ever Rage Index, the country’s dramatic real estate market is a source of upset for more than half of Canadians (55%). 

But that’s not all they’re mad about. 

At a time when there’s no shortage of issues to get the blood boiling, the new rage index by Pollara Strategic Insights measures the mood of Canadians, zeroing in on what makes them annoyed or grumpy on a daily basis. The rage index polled Canadians on six topics: the federal government, provincial governments, the Canadian economy, personal finances, changes happening in Canada, and the latest stories in the news.

The online survey involved 2,013 randomly selected Canadian adults who were polled throughout the course of the summer. Across the six questions, an average of 49% respondents reported being annoyed or angry, including just 14% who are “very angry.”

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As it turns out, 83% of respondents reported feeling angry and 79% reported feeling angry about gas prices. Meanwhile, 64% are still in a knot over the “Freedom Convey” protests earlier this year. 

More than half (57%) of respondents were angry about relentless airport chaos and delays, while 45% were irritated with problems in passport renewals. 

Overall, the general rage is pretty even between those who identify as men and those who identify as women. However, what exactly makes their blood boil differs between the sexes. According to the survey results, men are generally angrier about governments and women are more angry about our current economic issues.

Anger is highest among Canadians in the Prairies, middle-aged Canadians, and lower-income earners. Furthermore, immigrants are less angry than those respondents who were born in Canada. The study revealed that the People’s Party of Canada and Conservative Party of Canada voters are the angriest about most topics.

Coverage of world and local events isn’t helping, reveals the survey. When Canadians think about current stories in the news, 60% feel angry while only 5% feel happy (and yeah, that's relatable).

The Rage Index will be conducted each month. Here's to hoping for more positive news in life and the economy (and on TV) to result in better moods all around moving forward.

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