A new poll shows strong support across Canada for COVID-19 measures, including border closures, quarantining, and indoor masks.

Vancouver-based polling firm Research Co. says that 90 per cent of Canadians agree with keeping the border with the United States closed to non-essential travel and maintaining a 14-day quarantine period for all travellers entering the country.

85 per cent also supported policies for mandatory masking at indoor premises for customers or visitors.

Responses to the survey were more mixed when it came to back-to-school plans. Just over half (51 per cent) of Canadians agree with allowing K-12 students back into in-class instruction, while 42 per cent disagree.

The province with the highest rate of anxiety about the pandemic was British Columbia, with 61 per cent believing the worst is yet to come.

Interestingly, the province also saw the most positive response toward government handling of the pandemic, with 83 per cent expressing satisfaction with the BC NDP’s actions.

With Ottawa recently signing an agreement with vaccination development firm Novavax, 74 per cent of Canadians say they are willing to be inoculated against COVID-19 when it becomes available.

Results are based on an online survey conducted from August 30 to September 1, 2020, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

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