A new Innovative Research Group Inc. (INNOVATIVE) poll finds more Canadians report being unlikely to get vaccinated against COVID-19 today than in May 2020. Resistance is found almost entirely among Canadians under 55 and particularly among Canadians under 35. These results are from an online survey of 1,992 Canadians conducted by Innovative Research Group Inc. from February 4th to 18th2021.
In May 2020, only 12% of Canadians said they were unlikely to or definitely wouldn’t get the vaccine when it became available to them. Today, INNOVATIVE finds 18% of Canadians say they are unlikely to get the vaccine. Among women under 35, 30% say they are unlikely to get vaccinated and among men under 35, 23% say the same.
Nearly 4 in 5 Canadians (89%) say they are at least somewhat likely to get the vaccine once it is recommended for people like them, but only just over half (53%) say they definitely would get the vaccine. Only 24% of men under 35 and 35% of women under 35 say they would definitely get the vaccine. However, 73% of women over 55 and 80% of men over 55 say they definitely plan to get vaccinated.
Most Canadians (71%) are following news about the vaccine rollout – far higher among older respondents (88% of men over 55 and 86% of women over 55) than younger respondents (58% of men under 35 and 48% of women under 35).
While Canadians are split on how they feel about their provinces’ handling of the vaccine rollout with 32% saying they approve of it and 34% saying they disapprove, nearly half (46%) say they disapprove of the federal government’s handling. This includes 24% who strongly disapprove of the federal government. Among the government’s base of Liberal partisans, only half (49%) approve of the federal government.
Overall, a majority of Canadians (53%) say federal government is more at fault than provincial governments for the slow rollout of the vaccine. Only 19% of Canadians say it is because of the slow distribution by the provinces, while 28% are unsure.