01/09/2012 10:05 EST | Updated 03/10/2012 05:12 EST

POLITICAL TRACTION | Iowa Caucus, lockouts and CEO salaries

Jaime Watt joins Power & Politics host Evan Solomon each week to look at how issues making waves in Ottawa resonate with Canadians.

Monitoring the House of Commons' question period, mainstream media and the conversation on social media, Watt and his team at Navigator Ltd. determine which issues gained the most attention in official Ottawa, and then measure how much traction those issues managed to find with Canadians outside the nation's capital.

This week's topics are drawn from the week of Dec. 31 to Jan. 6. With the House of Commons on its extended winter break, Canadians were more engaged by U.S. politics and two business-related stories than with domestic politics.

The dominant topic of converstation across Canada, and to a lesser extent in holiday-quiet Ottawa, was the Republicans'Iowa Caucus, which was held Jan. 3. The lock-out of workers at Electro-Motive Diesel in London, Ont., after they refused a contract offer that would cut wages by 50 per cent and a report on the soaring salaries of CEOs shared most of the remaining conversation space in Ottawa and to a lesser extent nationally.

Here's a look at the numbers:

Top three issues: Ottawa vs. Canada in general

For the week Dec. 31 to Jan. 6

Learn more about how Political Traction is calculated.