Concerns About COVID-19 - August 05, 2020

on 03/08/2020

Conducted in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and published in the Canadian Press. This series of surveys is available on Leger’s website.

Why was the research conducted?

Every week, we survey Canadians and Americans to explore their perspectives on COVID-19 and other current events. Stay up to date on the latest trends and discover our most recent results below.

How was the research conducted?

This web survey was conducted from July 31 to August 2, 2020, with 1,531 Canadians and 1,001 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

Using data from the 2016 Census, the results were weighted by gender, age, mother tongue, region, education level and presence of children in the household in order to ensure a representative sample of the population.

For comparison, a probability sample of 1,531 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.5%, 19 times out of 20, while a probability sample of 1,001 would have a margin of error of ±3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The research results presented here are in full compliance with the CRIC Public Opinion Research Standards and Disclosure Requirements.

What are the key findings of the research?

57% of Canadians are afraid of contracting COVID-19 (the same proportion as last week).

49% of Canadians say the WE Charity controversy has worsened their opinion of Justin Trudeau.

49% of Canadians think that there should be an election if Justin Trudeau is found guilty of breaching the ethics code.

Canadians and Americans are divided on whether it is justifiable to accuse people of sexual misconduct on social media.

Canadians find accusations of sexual misconduct that are made on social media nearly twice as credible (60%) if the victim’s identity is shared, versus if they remain anonymous (32%).

37% of Canadians agree that if a public figure in entertainment, the arts, etc. is publicly accused of sexual misconduct, their work should be banned (from the airwaves, television networks, museums, theatres, etc.), while 48% disagree. Americans are more divided: 40% agree and 41% disagree.

About one-third of Canadians (33%) and Americans (32%) think professional sports should resume although no COVID-19 vaccine is available.

Additional resources:

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