The survey also asked respondents if they were resentful of people of Asian descent because of the coronavirus pandemic. Twelve percent of the respondents answered yes and 88% answered no.
“Quite a few have said that we are seeing an increase in, or a negative feeling about, the Asian community,” said Bruce Anderson, president of Abacus Data. “This is another aspect of the tensions between people of different races that we are seeing right now. ”
The Abacus Data survey randomly sampled 1,750 Canadian adults between June 5 and June 10 and is believed to be more or less 2.31 percentage points accurate.
The new coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, and has since spread around the world, causing more than 7.7 million cases and more than 400,000 deaths.
The World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
Blockages in countries around the world have been in effect since January and many are starting to lift the restrictions.
In Canada, there are almost 100,000 cases of COVID-19 with just over 8,000 deaths.
Asian Canadians from all walks of life have seen an increase in racially motivated attacks across the country, prompting even a response from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He said that acts of hatred and prejudice related to violence had no place in Canadian society at a press conference in May.
In Vancouver, there was a “staggering” increase in the number of hate-related and anti-Asian crimes in 2020, police said. There were at least 29 incidents reported as of May 22 with alleged offenses ranging from racial slurs and vandalism to assault.
Before the foreclosure of Ontario, Toronto’s usually busy Chinatown began to see a dramatic decline in activity as early as the end of January, when only two cases of coronavirus had been reported in the country.
Canadian singer Bryan Adams has also been criticized for comments on social media that many say was racist, claiming to be contributing to anti-Chinese rhetoric surrounding the virus.