TORONTO – A new survey suggests Canadians prefer strict economic lockdowns in areas where COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly over a more practical approach that allows businesses to stay open while the virus spreads.
The survey, conducted by Nanos Research and commissioned by CTV News, asked more than 1,000 Canadians how they think an increasing workload should be handled in the most common areas of the country.
Fifty-five percent of those polled supported a “very strict” lockdown that involved shutting down all parts of the economy except the most essential in order to manage the spread, while 39% preferred to keep the economy partially open and allow the virus to “work.” his courses. Another six percent said they weren’t sure.
Support for strict lockdowns was most popular in Atlantic Canada, at 72%, where 14-day quarantines are mandatory for anyone entering the region or traveling to the provinces. In Quebec, where Christmas gatherings were recently banned in red zones, respondents were least in favor of strict lockdowns, with nearly 44% in favor.
Canadians over 55 were the most likely to support strict lockdowns, with 60% support, compared to those aged 18 to 34, who were at 49% support.
When it comes to fear of the virus, Canadians seem to be far more concerned with the virus contracting than its impact on the economy. Sixty-three percent of respondents said they were more concerned about the risk of being tested positive for COVID-19 or a loved one when testing positive, while 33% said they were more afraid of the implications economic. Four percent said they were not sure.
Respondents in Atlantic Canada (74 percent) and Ontario (68 percent) were most concerned about catching the virus, while those in Quebec (55 percent) and the Prairies (59 percent) ) expressed lower but still significant levels of concern.
Across all age groups, Canadians appear to be equally concerned about contracting the virus, with 61% of those aged 18 to 34 affected, 62% of those 35 to 54 and 65% of officers aged 55 and over affected.
The first doses of the Pfizer vaccine were given in Canada on Monday, and Canadians seem keen to get the vaccine. A strong majority of Canadians are interested (64%) or somewhat interested (17%) in getting the vaccine once it becomes available. Ten percent of respondents said they were not interested, while six percent said they were not at all interested. Four percent said they were not sure.
CONFIDENCE IN THE MOVEMENT OF VACCINES IN CANADA
Canada is expected to receive up to 200,000 additional doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine next week and potentially up to 168,000 doses of Moderna vaccine by the end of December. Overall, the government has secured access to 20 million doses of Pfizer, of which four million are expected to land by the end of March, and 40 million doses of Moderna, with options to purchase thousands of them. ‘others to each manufacturer if necessary.
Canadians are generally confident in the country’s vaccine delivery plan, according to the poll. Sixteen percent of people surveyed across the country are confident and 40 percent are somewhat confident that the country has a well-organized plan to deliver the vaccines as quickly as possible. Nineteen percent said they were not confident enough and 21 percent said they were not confident. Four percent are uncertain.
Confidence seems highest in Quebec, where 73% of respondents say they are confident or somewhat confident, and lowest in the Prairies, where 45% are confident or somewhat confident.
With 10 days of Christmas and several provinces and jurisdictions categorically advise against or ban holiday gatherings, Canadians have overwhelmingly said they will see fewer friends and family this year. Eighty-three percent said they will see fewer loved ones than usual, while 13 percent said their vacation meetings will be the same as usual. Only 2% said they would see more people than usual in 2020, and 2% were unsure.
Those living in British Columbia are more likely to say they will see their family less, with 88% of respondents reducing their vacation meetings, compared to Quebec, where 75% of respondents limit Christmas contacts.
Nanos conducted a dual-base RDD (landline and cellular) hybrid telephone and online survey of 1,096 Canadians aged 18 and over, between November 26 and 29, 2020 as part of an omnibus survey. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone using live agents and administered an online survey. The sample included both terrestrial and cell lines from across Canada. The results were statistically verified and weighted by age and sex using the latest census information, and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada.
People were called at random using random dialing with a maximum of five callbacks. The margin of error for this survey is ± 3.0 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
This study was commissioned by CTV News and the research was conducted by Nanos Research.
With files from Rachel Aiello from CTVNews.ca in Ottawa