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A recent study by researchers at Researchco, measured the opinions of British Columbians on their beliefs about COVID-19.

In the sample, 82% of BC residents considered COVID-19 a real threat, while 15% did not, and 3% were undecided.

The sample was done among 800 adults in British Columbia and was statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in the province.

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ā€œBritish Columbiaā€™s pandemic skeptics amount to a tiny minority of the population, but there are some demographic pockets where these views are slightly more common,ā€ said Mario Canseco, President of Research Co.

ā€œThe group includes 18% of British Columbians aged 18 to 34, 29% of residents of Northern BC and 26% of residents of Southern BC.ā€

Skeptics in BC express lower levels of satisfaction with the provincial government (14%), the federal government (13%), television news (10%), radio news (7%) and newspapers (also 7%) on the management of COVID-19.

A third (32%) of pandemic skeptics have unfollowed a person on social media, while 26% have stopped talking to a family member, and 25% have ceased communication with a friend because of a pandemic-related disagreement.

Meanwhile, 16% of BC residents have said that, because of a disagreement related to COVID-19, they have unfollowed a person on social media, while 13% ceased communication with a friend, and 8% have stopped talking to a family member.

More than half of the provinceā€™s residents have been content with the work of television news, radio news, newspapers, and non-governmental associations during the pandemic.

As of this publication, there have been 84,569 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in BC, with 1,391 succumbing to the virus.

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