COVID: Most Canadians believe worst pandemic is over: poll

A majority of Canadians say they think the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over, according to a new poll by Research Co.

Three-quarters of respondents (75%) said the worst of the pandemic was “behind us”, up seven points from a similar poll conducted in August, according to the survey. close.

The survey also found that 17% of respondents (down 3 points from August) believe that the worst of COVID-19 is ahead of us, while 9% of people (down 3 points) believe know they’re not sure.

When asked if people still see the pandemic as a real threat, 70% of respondents said yes, including 78% of those aged 55.

“We continue to see cautious optimism as Canadians think about COVID-19,” Mario Canseco, President of Research Co., said in a press release. “A significant majority of Canadians believe the situation will not worsen but still see the virus as a real threat.”

The data shows that the majority (59%) of Canadians (up 4 points) feel satisfied with the federal government’s response to the pandemic. Satisfaction with the way Canada’s Public Health Director Theresa Tam is managing the pandemic has dropped from 66% in May to 60% today.

58% of Canadians (up 5 points from August) said they are satisfied with how their provincial government is managing the pandemic. Of the four most populous provinces, British Columbia received the highest rating with 68% of people satisfied (up 6 points), followed by Quebec with 62% (up 4 points), Ontario with 54% (up 6 points). ) and Alberta with 46 percent (up seven points).

When it comes to the performance of the top doctors from each of those four provinces, data shows Bonnie Henry of BC has the highest ratings with 66% of people (up three points from May) satisfied, followed by Quebec’s Luc Boileau with 60%. cents (down six points) and Kieran Moore of Ontario with 59% (down eight points). Alberta residents also seem to be less satisfied (53%) with Heath Mark Joffe’s recently appointed Chief Medical Officer performance than in May with his predecessor Deena Hinshaw (65%).


The survey was conducted online from December 10 to December 12 and included 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been weighted according to Canadian census data for age, sex and region in Canada, according to Research Co.

Reporting for this story was paid for through the Meta-funded Afghan Journalists Project in Residence.

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