Concerns About COVID-19 - November 02, 2020

on 02/11/2020

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 October 29 – November 1, 2020, with 1,516 Canadians and 1,001 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

For comparison, a probability sample of 1,516 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.

What are the key findings of the research?


- Among decided American voters who are registered to vote and intend to vote in the next election (or who have already voted), 52% say they have voted for/will vote for Joe Biden, and 44% say they have voted for/will vote for Donald Trump.

- The majority of Canadians and Americans are worried about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
Over seven-in-ten Canadians and Americans are concerned about:
The possibility of significant civil unrest or violence in the streets on election day or in the following days
Not having a clear winner on election day and the chaos that may follow if several days are needed to declare a winner
Increased racial tensions leading to protests and violence

- 80% of Canadians think a Biden victory is the best outcome for Canada as a whole in this election.

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