Concerns About COVID-19 - August 17, 2020

on 17/08/2020

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 August 14-16, 2020, with 1,510 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 1,510 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.52%, 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?

  • 61% of Canadians are afraid of contracting COVID-19, an increase of 6 percentage points since last week.
  • 44% of Canadians and 39% of Americans say their children are nervous and anxious about returning to school, while 41% and 46% respectively say that their children are looking forward to it.
  • 66% of Canadians and 72% of Americans are worried about children going back to school at the end of the summer
  • 54% of Americans have a good opinion of Joe Biden and 58% of Americans have a bad opinion of Donald Trump.

In terms of being Joe Biden’s running mate, 51% of Americans think that Kamala Harris is a good choice.

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