Monday, April 15, 2024

More than 1/3 of Canadians believe the worst of COVID-19 is still to come


The COVID-19 pandemic is something we’d all like to put behind us.

But a recent poll of 1,000 Canadians from Research Co. demonstrates that more than a third of Canadians (36%) believe the worst still may be ahead, while just under half (48%) think the opposite.

Two thirds of Canadians aged between 18 and 34 (64%) believe that the COVID-19 situation will not worsen, and people aged 35 to 54 (50%) and over 55 years old (39%) believe the same.

More than four-in-five Canadians (84%) consider the COVID-19 pandemic as a real threat, while 12% disagree and 4% are undecided.

In light of the recent federal election, Research Co. also polled Canadians on the federal and provincial governments’ COVID-19 responses.

More than half of Canadians are satisfied with the federal government’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

Satisfaction is slightly lower this month for the way in which municipal governments (60%) and provincial governments (56%) have performed during the pandemic.

Only 26% of Albertans are satisfied with the provincial administration—a 20-point decrease since July and the lowest level recorded for a government since March 2020.

Currently, Alberta is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases after the government apologized for its COVID-19 response this past summer.

While it may appear to be a contentious issue across provinces, the Research Co. poll demonstrated that more than four-in-five Canadians (84%) are in favour of requiring all customers or visitors entering an indoor premise to wear a mask or face covering while inside.

BC is in the midst of its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with currently 5,458 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

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