Today, Innovative Research Group Inc. released its latest tracking on how Canadians feel about COVID-19 and their governments’ response to the pandemic. The online survey of 1,316 Canadians was conducted from December 30th to January 5th.
The growing levels concerns we saw earlier in December that Canadians themselves and their vulnerable friends and family will catch COVID plateaued at the end of the month. Personal fear of catching COVID grew marginally from 58% to 60% while fear for friends and family slightly declined from 73% to 71%. Intensity of these views grew again in both cases.
While the general trend in government approval on managing COVID-19 is down, the pattern of change is now varying significantly across Canada:
Canadians continue to be more likely to see provincial public health restrictions as too loose (37%) than too tight (25%).
While public assessments of their governments’ COVID performance are moving in response to government actions, most Canadians blame the virus rather than government mistakes for the current wave.
Canadians continue to judge their governments on their responses to COVID. Right now, most of those judgements are harsh. But while people may feel government can do better, they do not believe Canadian government alone can stop the virus. They understand that viruses are tough opponents, and that Canadians will not be safe until people around the world are safe.
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