Concerns About COVID-19 - September 08, 2020

Leger
on 08/09/2020

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 September 4-6, 2020, with 1,529 Canadians and 1,001 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

Using 2016 Census reference variables, the Canadian data was then analyzed and weighted by our statisticians according to gender, age, mother tongue, region, education level and the presence of children in households in order to render a representative sample of the general population.​ Using 2010 U.S. Census reference variables, the American data was then analyzed and weighted by our statisticians according to gender, age, region, race/ethnicity and household size in order to render a representative sample of the general population.

For comparison, a probability sample of 1,529 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.51%, 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?

PROTESTS AND REMOVING HISTORICAL MONUMENTS
45% of Canadians and 46% of Americans believe that the protests in their respective countries calling for an end to racial inequality will not lead to meaningful changes.
50% of Canadians and 44% of Americans oppose removing statues/monuments from public spaces of politicians who have demonstrably harboured racist views or implemented racist policies.

BACK TO SCHOOL
52% of Canadians think children should be going back to school in person, while 48% of Americans think they should not.
If children go back to physical classrooms for in-person learning, 47% of Canadians think that the children’s families are most at risk. Among Americans, 26% think the children’s families are most at risk, 25% think the children themselves are most at risk, and 23% think the teachers are most at risk.

US ELECTIONS
69% of Canadians and 41% of Americans think that electing Donald Trump president will worsen relations between Canada and the United States. In contrast, 65% of Canadians and 44% of Americans think that relations between the two countries will improve if Joe Biden is elected president

COVID-19
When asked which actions should be prioritized to control the increase in the spread of COVID-19, over one-third of Canadians (35%) say that public safety measures that severely limit group sizes and close certain businesses should be re-imposed. A similar proportion of Americans (36%) say that always wearing a mask outside of one’s home should be made mandatory

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