Approval of governmental action on COVID is holding its gains from July, although concerns about catching COVID are growing once again as variants spread across Canada. These findings are from an online survey conducted by INNOVATIVE from July 22nd to August 4th, 2021, with a weighted sample size of 1,500 Canadian residents.
Compared to the spring of 2021, Canadians are more approving of their governments’ handling of COVID-19. Since March 2021, provincial approval has grown 4 points from 51% to 55%, and federal approval increased by 7 points from 47% to 54%.
Further, consensus is building that governments are striking the right balance with COVID restrictions. Over the past two months, 48% report thinking provincial restrictions are “about right” and 45% report feeling the same about federal restrictions.
Fear and COVID
Respondents who report feeling “very concerned” about contracting COVID have increased 3 pts. since last month’s polling. This is possibly due to concerns over the COVID-19 variants now beginning to spread throughout Canada.
In addition to concerns for themselves, research shows an increase (8 points since July) in respondents concerned that if we don’t take special precautions, COVID could come back and put more lives at risk.
Despite concerns about COVID beginning to rise once again, Canadians remain more confident in their governments than they were in the spring.