On November 16th, INNOVATIVE released the results of an online poll tracking Canadian’s perceptions of their own wellbeing and access to health care.
As the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, Canadians are not experiencing any significant increases in stress or decrease in overall satisfaction with their life. In June, 38% of Canadians said most days are either not very stressful or not at all stressful. Today, 37% of Canadians say the same. Similarly, today 60% of Canadians say they are at least somewhat satisfied with their life as a whole, while in June that number was at 63%.
Early in the pandemic, Canadians rallied to support the health care system. More Canadians than ever before say they could access the health care they would need if they had a serious medical problem. Agreement with this continued to rise until June, but has since returned to pre-pandemic levels with net agreement now at +47%.
While the rally of support for the healthcare system has dissipated since the first wave of COVID-19, the pandemic has not resulted in an overall increase in reported levels of stress or an overall decrease in wellbeing.