A new INNOVATIVE poll of 4,150 Canadians finds government approval on managing COVID has declined for every major government in Canada in the second half of April. Every major government is now at the lowest levels seen in the pandemic. Quebec is at 56% approval, BC at 54%, the federal government is at 42%, Ontario 31% and Alberta 28%.
The declines in approval for managing COVID-19 have not translated into a fall in overall approval. Overall approval has either been stable within the margin of error or, in Alberta, improved.
Canadians are much more likely to say federal restrictions are too loose (44%) than too tight (18%).
Looking at the average score for provinces on restrictions, fewer say restrictions are too loose (38%) and more say restrictions are too tight (25%). Even with the recent announcement of a regional travel ban, BC is an outlier with high levels of too loose (49%) and low levels of too tight (13%). Albertans are also more likely to say restrictions are too loose (46%) than too tight (23%).
Every age, region and partisan group believes governments should set firm rules and enforce them over leaving it to individuals to follow direction. That is true even among Albertans and Conservatives.