Canadians are feeling more concerned about catching COVID-19 and more angry towards their community and governments. These are the findings from INNOVATIVE’sCanada This Month survey, in field from January 6th to 11th, 2022 with a sample size of 1,420 Canadian residents. A detailed methodology is provided in the report.
Concern that Canadians and their vulnerable friends will catch COVID-19 has increased since late December. Now 65% of Canadians are concerned about catching COVID-19 themselves (up from 60%) and 79% are concerned about a vulnerable relative catching it (up from 71%). This includes an increase in the share who are very concerned about vulnerable relatives, up from 35% to 40%.
Compared to April 2021, more Canadians report feeling afraid either all the time or often (up to 30% from 27%) while directionally fewer Canadians report feeling optimistic (22% now compared to 24% in April). The share of Canadians who feel angry often or all the time towards members of their community has reached its highest point in the tracking to 35% from a low of 23% in April 2020.
Feelings towards governments have also worsened; now 39% say they feel angry either all the time or most of the time, up from a previous high of 35%. This increase is biggest in Quebec (up from 29% to 36%) and the Prairies (up from 31% to 48%).