COVID-19 Public Opinion Research

What Canadians are feeling, thinking, and doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our COVID-19 Research

At INNOVATIVE we have been conducting in-depth research since March on how the COVID-19 pandemic has been impacting Canadians; their views of the government response; and the implications for businesses, public health agencies, and more.

Below you can navigate through all of our COVID-19 research to date. Use the sidebar to filter by specific categories, and review summaries of key indicators from each category.

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May 14, 2021

Stars Aligning for Federal Liberals?

A new online poll by INNOVATIVE of 2,738 eligible voters conducted from April 22 to May 5, 2021 shows the stars may be aligning for the […]
May 7, 2021

Approval of governments’ management of COVID-19 declining across Canada

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 […]
May 7, 2021

Canadians grow more willing to be vaccinated

A new INNOVATIVE online poll of 4,150 Canadians finds 84% of adult Canadians are either already vaccinated or likely to do so. Almost half of the […]
May 7, 2021

Canadians less likely to take social risks in hot spots

A new INNOVATIVE online poll of 4,150 Canadians shows for the first time in the third wave Canadians are changing their social behaviour for the better. […]
May 7, 2021

COVID-19 fatigue growing

Fatigue with maintaining COVID-19 public health measures has reached a record high in a new INNOVATIVE online poll of 4,150 Canadian citizens. Well over a third […]
May 5, 2021

Ford damage control halts downward spiral

New tracking from an INNOVATIVE online poll of 481 Ontarians shows that while Doug Ford has fallen in April, his critics have yet to him out. […]

Individual Journeys

Is COVID having an impact on Canadians in their daily life? Are they paying attention? Are they alarmed? Are they more anxious? Has COVID changed us in terms of our mental health and wellbeing?

Those are the questions we pursue in this topic.

Key indicator: Concern

 

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April 14, 2021

One year later, Canadians are more angry at their governments and neighbours and less afraid of COVID itself

A new online poll by INNOVATIVE of 2,390 adults in Canada shows that one year into the pandemic, Canadians are less fearful of COVID and more […]
March 31, 2021

Canadians took more risks in March

A new online poll by INNOVATIVE of 3,807 Canadians shows a 9-point increase in behaviours with modest risk and a six-point increase in moderate risk behaviour. […]
March 30, 2021

AstraZeneca appears to re-enforce existing hesitancy rather than create more

A new INNOVATIVE poll tracking attitudes towards vaccines shows willingness to get a vaccine going up while hesitancy is stable. Over the past two weeks, INNOVATIVE […]
March 5, 2021

Young Canadians, especially young women, feeling isolated as mental health concerns grow

A new online poll by INNOVATIVE of 3,763 Canadians shows that while Canadians mental wellbeing has declined from the summer, financial wellbeing has continued to improve. […]
March 5, 2021

COVID-19 fears ease as fatigue grows

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches its first birthday, a new INNOVATIVE online poll of 3,763 Canadians shows fears of COVID-19 starting to ease as fatigue grows. […]
February 5, 2021

Canadian social behaviours stable as fatigue rises

Canadian social behaviours stable as fatigue rises. While there has been speculation about rising levels of COVID-19 fatigue among Canadians since last spring, INNOVATIVE’s tracking has […]

Government Response

How do Canadian’s feel about their government’s during COVID-19? How well are governments responding to COVID-19? Are governments finding the right balance on restrictions? What do people expect of governments and what should their priorities be? Do governments have a plan and, if so, is it good or bad? Is how governments respond to COVID-19 making a difference politically?

This section looks at both the direct pressures on governments and the broader implications.

Key indicator: Approval

 

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April 16, 2021

Doug Ford’s Reputation Takes a Hit as Ontario Goes Into Lockdown

New tracking from an INNOVATIVE online poll of 989 Ontarians shows that while the PCs and the Ontario Liberals remain in a tight race on vote, […]
April 16, 2021

Federal and provincial government approval sliding; Ontario shows greatest decline

New tracking from an INNOVATIVE online poll of 2,390 Canadians shows approval of both the federal government’s handling of the pandemic and the provinces’ handling of […]
April 14, 2021

One year later, Canadians are more angry at their governments and neighbours and less afraid of COVID itself

A new online poll by INNOVATIVE of 2,390 adults in Canada shows that one year into the pandemic, Canadians are less fearful of COVID and more […]
March 5, 2021

Federal government COVID approval down 10 points since Christmas, Alberta shows small reversal in slide

New tracking from an INNOVATIVE online poll of 3,763 Canadians shows the federal government appears to be paying a significant price for controversies over access to […]
February 5, 2021

Canadian Governments are losing ground on pandemic approval

Canadian Governments are losing ground on pandemic approval.   Approval of the federal government’s handling of the pandemic is down to only 50%, the lowest point […]
November 17, 2020

Ontario and Alberta losing support for their handling of COVID-19 while BC rebounds after election

On November 16th, INNOVATIVE has released the results of an online poll tracking the Canadian Political Landscape in light of COVID-19. Overall approval of the federal […]

Business Impacts

How is COVID-19 changing the environment for business? How do Canadians perceive the economy and their own financial situation? Is COVID-19 impacting purchase intentions? How do Canadians feel about the way different sectors are responding to COVID-19?

This is where we help business understand the new realities they are facing.

Key indicator: Confidence

 

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May 22, 2020

Canadians continue to support a free enterprise approach to the economy, but see big gov’t role in minimizing COVID-19 impacts and helping families cope

As the new case counts begin to decline in Canada, the immediate challenge facing the federal government will shift from health to economic recovery. Given this, […]
May 8, 2020

Canadians still believe it is too soon to lift restrictions, although intensity has dropped since April

Two-thirds of Canadians still believe it is too soon to start lifting restrictions. However, the number who say it is “Far too soon” has dropped from […]
April 23, 2020

Industry Reputation: Impacts During the COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 is having dramatic effects on our society and our economy. The way businesses respond to COVID-19 can have consequences, both good and bad.
April 3, 2020

Health issues continue to dominate, job concerns grow and affordability and environment ebb

Today INNOVATIVE has released highlights from the third wave of our COVID-19 polling. The survey of 2,059 Canadians was conducted from March 31st to April 2nd. […]

Public Health Impacts

Are Canadians willing to do the things Public Health leaders ask of them? How active are Canadians socially? Are Canadians taking precautions when they leave the house? Who is being responsible and who is taking chances? Will Canadians take the vaccine when it is available?

This is where we try to understand the behavior of Canadians and what can be done about it.

Key indicator: Behaviour

 

For this tracking, we ask respondents how often they engaged in a list of behaviours in the past week. The behaviours are categorized as follows:

  • Least risky: Made a trip to a grocery store or a drug store
  • Modestly risky: Made a trip to a store other than a grocery store or a drug store; met up with a relative or friend outdoors; met up with a small group outdoors
  • Moderately risky: Visited a relative or friend in their home; Hosted a relative or friend in my own home
  • More risky: Gathered with a small group inside a home
  • Most risky: Attended a large gathering of about 50 people or more

The chart indicates the percentage of Canadians who reported engaging in at least one behaviour in that category at least once in the past week.

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March 30, 2021

AstraZeneca appears to re-enforce existing hesitancy rather than create more

A new INNOVATIVE poll tracking attitudes towards vaccines shows willingness to get a vaccine going up while hesitancy is stable. Over the past two weeks, INNOVATIVE […]
March 5, 2021

COVID-19 fears ease as fatigue grows

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches its first birthday, a new INNOVATIVE online poll of 3,763 Canadians shows fears of COVID-19 starting to ease as fatigue grows. […]
February 23, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine resistance growing among younger Canadians

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 […]
February 5, 2021

Canadian social behaviours stable as fatigue rises

Canadian social behaviours stable as fatigue rises. While there has been speculation about rising levels of COVID-19 fatigue among Canadians since last spring, INNOVATIVE’s tracking has […]
January 22, 2021

Canadians Begin New Year With Significant Reduction in Social Contacts

With the holiday season behind them, Canadians reduced their indoor visits with friends and family by a third and reduced non-essential shopping. Today Innovative Research Group […]
January 15, 2021

Canadians fail to respond to tighter government COVID-19 restrictions in December

Canadians have continued to participate in fewer social activities than they did over the summer, but social contacts did not improve in the second half of […]

About this research

It is rare to have an event that has the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19. There are the direct health and economic threats. COVID-19 impacts how we live and how we feel. It is changing how we work, shop, study and play. There are implications for government and business.

With such a far-reaching event, no one survey allows us to explore the full range of consequences. Starting in March, INNOVATIVE began a project to track key questions on an ongoing basis. We have also taken a deep dive into many specific topics along the way. As of mid-November, INNOVATIVE has looked at COVID-19 in part or all of 17 surveys. So much information can be difficult to navigate.

With that in mind we have created this landing page to curate all the results and analysis we provide on how Canadians think, feel and act related to COVID-19. The main page lists all the posts we have created to date. However, if you have a more narrow focus, you can select the government, business, public health or personal journey icons on the left hand side of the page.

The surveys for this project are online surveys. Most waves are part of INNOVATIVE’s monthly Canada This Month study, but some are standalone surveys dedicated to COVID-19. Each report includes detailed methodologies for the studies the report is based on.

If there is a topic you are interested in but cannot find, please feel free to email us at info@innovativeresearch.ca and we will consider investigating it in future waves.

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