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 government’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak has remained steady (55%) since August and there has been little change in the overall share of Canadians who think social restrictions should be tighter or looser.
However, provincially, approval of Ontario’s and Alberta’s handling of COVID has hit the lowest level since March, 55% and 41% respectively. BC is the only province tracked to see an uptick in its already high approval since October (72%). Additionally, most Albertan’s (51%) now believe their restrictions are too loose, a significant increase compared to 42% in October. Ontario has stabilized after a decline in those who believe the restrictions are just right in October.
When it comes to dealing with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, most (57%) either don’t know or say the federal government has a plan, however of those who believe there is a plan (44%), the plurality (36%) say it is a good plan. Since September, Ontarians have been shifting from believing there is a good plan to more believing there is no plan. BC and Quebec have gained ground on ‘good plan’ over the past two months.