CRIC COVID-19 Public Opinion Research Hub
CRIC has created the CRIC COVID-19 Public Opinion Research Hub to highlight the COVID-19 related research that our member agencies have published. CRIC will continue to add new research as it is published. We also encourage you to subscribe to receive updates directly from the CRIC Agency Members who are publishing this research.
May 29, 2020: Earnscliffe Strategy Group study finds division over potential policies that might be considered in the next phase of the pandemic.
- the survey found strong net support for strict health and safety measures in work places (66%), physical distancing (53%) and limiting the number of people in retail stores (53%).
- Canadians were divided on many other policies including 8% net opposition to require location tracking and 12% net support for making it a crime to not be vaccinated.
May 28, 2020: Narrative Research and Logit Group study finds pandemic will impact how Canadians socialize and entertain themselves in the coming weeks.
- Canadians are most likely to visit friends inside a home (42%) or get a haircut (42%).
- Canadians less likely to go to the gym (19%), go to a pub/bar (13%), visit a spa (12%) or visit a casino (12%)
May 28, 2020: Angus Reid Institute study finds COVID-19 responses prompting increases in approval rating for most premiers
- Higgs (NB) at 80%, Legault (QC) at 77%, Hogan(BC) at 71% and Ford (ON) 69% had the highest approval ratings
- Only Kenny (AB) at 48% and Pallister (MB) at 47% were the only two premiers who did not have a majority approval
May 27, 2020: Leger and Association of Canadian Studies survey Canadians are worried about a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall
- Canadians are equally split on whether governments are telling the whole truth about COVID-19 (50%) or deliberately withholding information (50%)
- 51% of Canadians think wearing a mask when in public should be mandatory.
- 86% of Canadians are concerned about a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall.
- 34% of Canadians think their provincial government should slow down the pace at which it is relaxing social distancing/self-isolation measures, up 7% from last week.
May 27, 2020: Anguis Reid Institute study finds COVID-19 restrictions impacting others in need of other care
- 38% of Canadians have missed medical appointments or procedures due to restrictions.
- Among those affected, the vast majority (76%) say it has had an adverse impact on their overall health.
May 27, 2020: Earnscliffe Strategy Group study suggest Canadians don’t want the new normal to look too much like the old one
- 58% say they “just want everything to go back to the way it was.”
- But 72% also said that the pandemic is an opportunity to make some “major changes to Canadian society.”
May 27, 2020: Narrative Research finds consumer confidence in Atlantic Canada reaches record low
- Consumer confidence in Atlantic Canada has taken a sharp decline, down to 77.7, the lowest level in more than two decades.
May 26, 2020: Narrative Research and Logit Group survey finds Canadians unlikely to undertake activities beyond their job or healthcare visits until there are no new cases of COVID-19 in their province or a vaccine is available
- 51% are most likely to return to work and 33% to visit a dentist
- few are likely to send their children to school (15%), take a taxi/uber/lyft (15%), take a flight (13%) or send children to daycare (12%)
May 26, 2020: Nanos survey finds gap narrows between Coronavirus and economy/jobs as top national issues of concern
- the Coronavirus (27%) remains marginally ahead of jobs/economy (23%) as the top issue of concern.
May 25, 2020: Leger survey finds Canadians most comfortable going on a road trip following the removal of COVID-19 protective measures
- Four-in-ten Canadians (42%) would be comfortable going on a road trip within two months of the protective measures being lifted, with this number growing to 66% within six months.
- 27% will not travel on a cruise ship until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, and 40% indicated that they will never travel by cruise ship moving forward.
May 25, 2020: Ipsos survey finds more suffering from under exercising, anxiety than other health concerns due to COVID-19
- under exercising (31%), over eating (29%) and anxiety (23%) are the health concerns that Canadians are most likely to be suffering from as a result of COVID-19.
May 25, 2020: Anguis Reid Institute study finds strong support for government takeovers of long-term care facilities amid COVID-19 crisis
- two-thirds of Canadians (66%) say government should take over – or nationalize – LTCFs in order to increase the health and safety outcomes for people requiring long-term care.
- One-third (34%) disagree.
May 25, 2020: Nanos survey for Flare Airlines finds Canadians think having a competitive airline industry to help the economic recovery is an important or somewhat important contributor to the national interest.
- More than four in five Canadians say that having a competitive airline industry to help the economic recovery is an important (47%) or somewhat important (39%) contributor to Canada’s national interest.
- Nearly three in four Canadians agree (44%) or somewhat agree (30%) that they would be nervous about flying until there is a vaccine to protect them from COVID-19.
May 25, 2020: Bloomberg-Nanos weekly pulse finds negative Canadian consumer confidence remains flat.
- the Bloomberg-Nanos Consumer Confidence Index (BNCCI), a composite of a weekly measure of financial health and economic expectations, remains low at 39.32, compared with the 37.08 four weeks ago and well below the twelve-month high (59.06).
May 24, 2020: Ipsos survey finds Canadians comfortable returning to work but not in sending kids back to school
- 52% of Canadians feel comfortable returning to their workplace
- Only two in ten (22%) are comfortable lifting the lockdown for children and sending them back to school
Read the full report: https://www.ipsos.com/en-ca/news-polls/Canadians-Want-to-Reopen-But-Leave-Children-Out
May 22, 2020: Advanis/Tell City Hall survey finds pandemic has significant impact on mental health of Canadians
- 4 in 10 (41%) indicate that their mental health was impacted by the pandemic
- 49% report feeling helpless toward the situation
- fear of infection (53%) and news in the media (51%) are having the most impact on mental health.
Read the full report: https://portal.advanis.net/a/en/report/saas004950/MTM0.9ceOtx522tLjrYSrpt55ZMj4p8c/
May 22, 2020: Angus Reid Institute study finds most Canadians unwilling to travel to the U.S. in the near future
- if the borders were opened June 21st, the majority of Canadians who live near the board say they would definitely not (60%) or probably not (24%) take even a day trip this summer
- just 1 in five (19%) say the border should open when the current closure expires (June 21), while most look to either September (42%) of the end of the year (26%) for their preferred opening window.
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid19-canada-usa-border/
May 22, 2020: PRA Survey finds Manitobans are maintaining their pandemic behaviours
- Over 90% of Manitobans continue to wash their hands often, avoid handshakes, and practice social distancing. The proportion of Manitobans doing these things has remained unchanged over three surveys.
- Manitobans are continuing to stock up on essentials (66%) and more than half report that they are self-isolating (59%)
- The wearing of masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) has increased significantly from 18% in April to 35% in PRA’s latest survey.
Read the full report: https://pra.ca/covid-19-perceptions-and-perspectives-from-manitobans-may-22-2020/
May 22, 2020: Mustel Group survey conducted for GVBOT, BCBC and the BC Chamber of Commerce find most B.C. businesses not confident in ability to restart and operate profitably
- only one-in-four (26%) businesses impacted by COVID-19 feel able to restart and operate profitably with the gradual easing of restrictions.
- the biggest challenges to restarting identified by survey respondents are: attracting customers or revenue (75%), having enough operating cash for expenses (49%) or to meet safety standards (31%), bringing staff back (39%), government not allowing their business to open yet (31%), and not yet prepared or able to meet safety guidelines (30%).
May 21, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue Voice Canada NEWSTALK 1010 poll finds majority of GTA residents believe there is not enough testing
- the majority (78%) of GTA residents believe there are not enough tests being done to get an accurate picture of the COVID-19 cases in Canada.
Read the full report: https://dartincom.ca/poll/the-newstalk-1010-pulse-of-toronto-poll-not-enough-testing/
May 20, 2020: Leger and Association of Canadian Studies survey Canadians think border should remain closed for the year
- 47% of Canadians think the borders with the United States should not be reopened before the end of the year.
- 60% of Canadians think their provincial government should maintain the pace at which it is relaxing social distancing/self-isolation measures.
- 53% of Canadians are afraid of contracting COVID-19; however, this proportion continues to trend downward.
- Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, 13% of Canadians indicate their mental health has been bad, and 2% indicate it has been very bad.
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/weekly-covid-19-pandemic-tracker-may-20-2020/
May 20, 2020: CROP-La Presse survey finds Legault loses ground, Trudeau stagnates
- while two-third (66%) were very satisfied on April 4-5, only 36% of Quebec residents are very satisfied with the Legault government now, a drop of 30 points
- the results for Trudeau government have been stable since April 17-20.
Read the full report: https://sondage.crop.ca/survey/start/cawi/blogue/COVID19-MAI-20.pdf
May 20, 2020: Nanos survey finds only five points separates Coronavirus with jobs/economy as the top national issue of concern
- while still the top issue, the Coronavirus dropped from 33% to 29% since last week and jobs economy climbed to 24%.
May 19, 2020: Pollara Strategic Insights survey for MHRC finds rising levels of anxiety and depression due to COVID-19
- High levels of anxiety have quadrupled and high levels of depression have doubled
- 57% of recently unemployed Canadians report their mental health has been negatively impacted by job loss.
- Nearly half of Canadians diagnosed with an anxiety disorder (48%) or depression (45%) feel the positive impacts of communicating with friends and family, but are also feeling the negative impacts of self-isolation (44% both).
May 19, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue Voice Canada NEWSTALK 1010 poll finds Torontonians believe it is too early to send kids back to school
- only five percent (5%) of Torontonians believe that children should be back in the classroom now.
- 38% indicate that reopening the schools should only happen after there are no new cases in an area for at least four weeks
May 18, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue Voice poll finds vast majority of Canadians believe Canada/US border should remain closed.
- 83% of Canadians believe the border should remain closed
- if the borders were open, only 12% of Canadians would cross the border.
May 18, 2020: Bloomberg-Nanos weekly pulse finds negative Canadian consumer confidence remains flat.
- the Bloomberg-Nanos Consumer Confidence Index (BNCCI), a composite of a weekly measure of financial health and economic expectations, remains low at 38.86, compared with the 37.21 four weeks ago and well below the twelve-month high (59.06).
May 17, 2020: Ipsos poll for Global News finds most Canadians not likely to travel outside Canada in 2020.
- only 20% of Canadians are very/somewhat likely to travel outside of Canada in 2020, even if its allowed.
- 37% would likely travel outside their province and 32% of Canadians are very/somewhat likely to stay in a hotel in 2020 if it becomes permissible.
May 17, 2020: Ipsos poll for Global News finds Canadians ready to shop in a mall and dine in a restaurant.
- 63% are likely to shop in a mall and 60% are likely to eat in a sit-down restaurant in 2020.
- very few Canadians are likely to attend a live sporting event (18%) or live concert/play/festival (22%) in 2020.
May 15, 2020: Angus Reid Institute survey finds ‘return to normal’ is far off.
- 68% now say it will be at least six months before normal life resumes, up from 43% in April.
- the primary concern for the majority (79%) continues to be the risk of illness for friends and family, compared to 59 per cent who say they are worried about their personal risk.
- seven-in-ten say it is too soon to go to elementary schools (71%), places of worship (69%), and gyms (73%).
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid19-reopening-plans/
May 15, 2020: Insights West survey finds British Columbians feeling financial impact of COVID-19.
- the majority (54%) of British Columbians say they have been negatively impacted financially by COVID-19
- 69% have noticed a negative impact on their RRSPs
- 41% of renters say the pandemic has had a negative impact on their ability to pay their monthly rent.
Read the full report: https://www.insightswest.com/news/may-2020-covid-economy/
May 15, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue Voice Canada NEWSTALK 1010 poll evaluates the health/mood of those in the GTA.
- a majority of Torontonians are concerned about their family’s physical (64%) and mental (62%) health.
- anxious (44%), isolated (43%) and bored (43%) are the words most commonly selected to express their mood.
Read the full report: https://dartincom.ca/poll/the-newstalk-1010-pulse-of-toronto-poll/
May 14, 2020: Narrative Research and Logit Group survey finds Canadians shift to online activities as a result of social distancing.
- 74% have shifted banking to online and 91% will continue to do this post COVID-19
- half of Canadians have shifted to streaming movies online (50%) and video conferencing with friends (48%).
Read the full report: https://narrativeresearch.ca/canadians-have-shown-a-high-degree-of-adaptability-to-social-distancing-regulations-undertaking-a-multitude-of-online-activities-in-recent-weeks-results-indicate-the-future-will-be-much-more-online/
May 14, 2020: Ipsos survey for Global News finds over a third of Canadians continue to have employment impacted by COVID-19.
- 16% are working with reduced pay, 14% have been laid off, and 4% are small business owners forced to close.
May 13, 2020: Ipsos survey for Global News finds Canadians approve of provincial/federal leaders.
- support for provincial premiers stands at 80% and 72% for Trudeau.
- majority support level of aid given to individuals (71%) and businesses (70%).
- 67% agree that we need the ability to vaccinate before opening again.
May 13, 2020: Angus Reid Institute survey finds Canadians opinions of China reach new low.
- 14 per cent of adults in this country now say they have a positive opinion of China, a level half as high as it was six months ago (29%).
- 85% of Canadians say Chinese government has not been honest or transparent about pandemic.
- three-quarters of Canadians (76%) say Canada should prioritize human rights and the rule of law over economic opportunity.
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid19-china/
May 12, 2020: Narrative Research and Logit survey finds this crucial time, and largely feel now is an appropriate time to participate in research.
- Two thirds of Canadians find it appropriate to be asked to participate in research at this time, saying it offers the public an opportunity to share opinions and offer useful information to companies making important decisions
- While participation incentives motivate many, Canadians are also keen to be surveyed in order to share their opinions, and to ensure governments, companies and organizations have heard what people think when making decisions.
Read the full report: https://narrativeresearch.ca/canadians-recognize-the-importance-of-sharing-their-opinions-at-this-crucial-time-and-largely-feel-now-is-an-appropriate-time-to-participate-in-research/
May 12, 2020: EKOS poll explores future history of COVID-19 Crisis.
- 73% of Canadians expect broad transformation of society with 73% of those saying that Canadian society will be more societally focused, stressing health and well being.
- 57% support compulsory vacation and 85% expect a second wave of COVID-19
- approval of Canadian federal and provincial leaders’ handling of COVID 19 remains high led by Doug Ford at 87.
Read the full report: http://www.ekospolitics.com/index.php/2020/05/a-future-history-of-the-covid-19-crisis/
May 12, 2020: Nanos survey finds Canadian shifting gears on the issue front.
- while still the top issue, the Coronavirus dropped from 38% to 33% since compared to last week
- other top issues were jobs/economy 22%, environment 8% and healthcare 7%.
May 12, 2020: Leger and Association of Canadian Studies survey finds Canadians stressed about leaving their house.
- Although 96% of Canadians indicate they’ve kept a safe distance of 2 metres when in contact with people, about half (51%) report that someone outside their family has come within two metres of them.
- 57% of Canadians are stressed about leaving their house and being in public. Americans (64%) are more stressed about this than Canadians.
- Satisfaction with the provincial governments’ responses remains high, but is declining.
- 39% of Canadians and 55% of Americans are not following all of the guidelines. The proportion of Canadians not following all of them has been trending upward.
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/weekly-covid-19-pandemic-tracker-may-12-2020/
May 11, 2020: Ipsos study conducted for Sun Life Financial finds majority of Canadians say COVID-19 having a negative impact on their mental health.
- A majority (56%) of Canadians say their mental health has been negatively affected by COVID-19, including 10% who say the impact has been very negative.
- Women (62%) are more likely than men (49%) to say their mental health has been negatively impacted.
- Among those who report that their mental health has been deteriorating, social isolation (66%) is the leading cause, but a majority also cite concern for loved ones (57%), fear of personally contracting COVID-19 (56%), and financial concerns (51%) as reasons for the strain on their mental health.
May 11, 2020: Ipsos’ study finds COVID-19 devastates Canadian Foodservice sales.
- Data from the IPSOS Foodservice Monitor (FSM) reveals a $3B decline for Full Service Restaurants (FSRs) and Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs), combined, from March 2019 compared to March 2020.
- Food service sales dropped 47% in March 2020 compared to 2019 and full service restaurants saw a decline of 67%.
- a growing number of Canadians (62%) believe that restaurants are doing everything they can to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”
Read the full report: https://www.ipsos.com/en-ca/news-polls/Covid-19-Devastates-Canadian-Foodservice-Sales
May 11, 2020: Angus Reid Institute study finds Canadian children are done with school from home, fear falling behind, and miss their friends.
- 54% of children aged 10-17 say it is their friends they miss most as a result of isolation.
- The biggest worries for children are “missing out on school next year” (29%), missing out on this current school year (27%) and “other family members getting sick (26%)
- Most (75%) children are keeping up with school online but fewer (43%) are enjoying school from home
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid19-kids-opening-schools/
May 11, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue Voice Canada survey finds assisting at long-term care homes/retirement residences top priority for Canada’s armed forces.
- 64% of Canadians want Canada’s armed forces to assist at long-term care homes/retirement residents ranking it the top potential task of 16 included on the survey.
- The second highest priority is to support transport response teams, medical equipment, supplies, diagnostic devices, pharmaceuticals, and blood products (61%) to communities where needed.
- Enforcing stay-at-home and physical distancing orders (17%) and having a visible presence on the street and communities to make people living here feel better (15%) were at the bottom of the priority list.
Read the full report: https://dartincom.ca/poll/ranking-pandemic-priorities-for-canadas-armed-forces/
May 11, 2020: Pollara Strategic Insights poll for Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division finds majority of Ontarians believe mental health crisis will follow COVID-19 impact.
- seven out of ten Ontarians (69%) believe the province is head for a “serious mental health crisis” as it emerges from the pandemic.
- 67 per cent of Ontarians are worrying about the mental health impact on family and friends, fewer Ontarians – 53 per cent – are concerned about their own mental health.
- Nearly eight out of 10 (77 per cent) Ontarians say more mental health supports will be necessary to help society.
May 11, 2020: Bloomberg-Nanos weekly pulse finds flattening of negative Canadian consumer confidence.
- the Bloomberg-Nanos Consumer Confidence Index (BNCCI), a composite of a weekly measure of financial health and economic expectations, remains low at 38.73, compared with the 38.68 four weeks ago and well below the twelve-month high (59.06).
May 9, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue Voice Canada finds Canadians willing to comply with vast number of health & safety-imposed conditions if it meant they could do more things and reduce the spread or resurgence of the virus
- six in ten (57%) Canadians would willingly comply with at least fourteen of sixteen conditions if imposed by health and safety officials in order to get out and about more freely in their communities and to reduce the spread or resurgence of the virus.
- Canadian were most supportive of “Hand sanitizer must be used by customers at the entrance and exit of any establishment” (93%) and “The same protocols in place now for grocery stores where there are physical distancing requirements and how many people can enter the premises at any one time be applied to all stores of similar size” (93%).
- Canadians were split on “An app on your phone would ask you on a random basis to take a survey about your current health symptoms and the results transmitted confidentially to local health authorities for tracking and advisory purposes” (53%) and “An app would register your phone with health authorities and track your movements so that if it were discovered you had been in contact with someone with COVID-19 it would send you a notification instructing you what to do next (50%).
Read the full report: https://dartincom.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Willing-Canadians-F-Factum-2020.pdf
May 8, 2020: Insights West survey finds BC Residents support Premier’s plan to gradually reopen the province.
- 79% of BC residents support Premier Horgan’s plan to gradually reopen the province.
- despite this support, 41% say pace of the plan is too fast (46% believe the pace is about right and 10% say it is too slow)
- the public is most supportive of resuming elective surgeries (91% timing is acceptable or should have been sooner) and opening of provincial parks (78%).
Read the full report: https://www.insightswest.com/news/may-covid-bc-opening/
May 7, 2020: Environics Research Public Trust & Readiness Barometer finds public safety is paramount .
- 77% say protecting public health, even it that means a longer economic downturn is the priority compared to 23% who say restarting the economy as fast as possible to less recessionary impacts.
- avoiding getting COVID-19 (78%) and acting in a way that protects the community (70%) are most important to them personally.
- 64% of Canadians would be comfortable seeing a health professional but only 30% would be comfortable dining in a restaurant or bar.
May 6, 2020: Nanos survey for the Mental Health Commission of Canada finds Canadians report an increase in feeling stressed regularly or all the time now compared to one month before COVID-19.
- nearly four in ten report their mental health is somewhat worse (28%) or worse (10%) compared to before the pandemic.
- more than four in ten report they feel stress regularly (33%) or all the time (13%) in the last month because of the COVID-19 outbreak. That compares to two in ten who felt stress regularly (17%) or all the time (4%) the month before the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Canadians who report they have felt stress all the time most often mention contracting or family members contracting the virus (28%) as the primary reason for feeling stressed, followed by financial stress/job security (24%), and uncertainty/fear of the unknown (13%).
May 5, 2020: Probe Research survey finds citizens in Manitoba want governments to cover their additional spending by getting more taxes from higher-income earners and larger companies.
- 82% support increasing tax rates paid by large corporations and 75% support increasing tax rates for higher-income citizens after the pandemic is over.
- 62% support having a universal basic income (UBI) provided to citizens in Manitoba.
May 5, 2020: Probe Research survey explores Manitobans’ Views on COVID-19
- 92% agree that the COVID-19 pandemic will affect how we live our lives for many years to come.
- 76% agree that they are confident the provincial government is prepared to deal with an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Manitoba (compared to 62% in March).
- only 21% believe the virus is “overblown” compared to 33% in March..
May 5, 2020: Leger and Association of Canadian Studies survey finds the majority of Canadians think the federal government should maintain the pace at which it is relaxing social distancing/self-isolation measures.
- Over three-in-five (64%) Canadians think the federal government should maintain the pace at which it is relaxing social distancing/self-isolation measures.
- Americans are approximately twice as likely as Canadians to think their state and federal government should accelerate the pace at which they are relaxing social distancing/self-isolation measures.
- 16% of Canadians will not be comfortable with the government lifting restrictions on workplace and leisure activities until there is a COVID-19 vaccine available.
- Half (50%) of Canadians have cancelled or changed their vacation plans in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/concerns-about-covid-19-may-5-2020/
May 5, 2020: Nanos/Bloomberg study finds that Canadians are six times more likely to spend less than more on non-essential products and services when stores and business reopen.
- Just over one in three Canadians (36%) say they will spend less on non-essential products and services like going to a restaurant, purchasing new clothes, travel, recreation and entertainment after stores reopen compared to the past. Only 6% say they will spend more. 54% will spend the same and 6% are unsure.
- 41% of Quebec residents said they would spend less on non-essential products and services compared to only 28% BC residents.
May 5, 2020: Nanos Study finds Coronavirus remains top issue but Jobs/Economy trending up.
- 38% of Canadians say the Coronavirus is the most important national issue of concern, down from 48% last week.
- 20% say jobs/economy is the top issues, up from 13% last week.
May 4, 2020: Bloomberg-Nanos weekly pulse finds negative trajectory of Canadian consumer confidence flattening.
- the Bloomberg-Nanos Consumer Confidence Index (BNCCI), a composite of a weekly measure of financial health and economic expectations, remains low at 37.73, fairly consistent with the 37.08 the prior week and well below the twelve-month high (59.06).
May 2, 2020: Ipsos survey find Canadians support their Municipal Governments’ response to COVID-19.
- 85% of Canadians approve of their municipal government’s response to COVID-19
- 71% are avoiding restaurants or coffee shops and 59% are avoiding public transit.
- 64% say they are consuming more news to stay up to date and 57% agree they can trust what they are seeing.
- Approval is highest in Halifax (89%), Toronto (89%), the 905 (89%), and Montreal (88%).
May 2, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue Voice Canada explores activities and attitudes of Canadians.
- 59% are spending more quality time with their family
- 64% are getting more done around the house
- Many Canadians are feeling isolated (47%) and anxious (42%).
Read the full report: https://dartincom.ca/poll/a-day-in-the-life-of-covid-19-canada/
May 2, 2020: Nanos/CTV News survey finds most Canadians believe more aid will be required before things return to normal.
- 40% of Canadians “unsure” about when businesses should be allowed reopen – 15% say one month and 14% two months.
- three in five Canadians believe more or somewhat more aid will be required before things return to normal.
- Nine in ten Canadians support or somewhat support keeping the Canada US border closed to non-essential travel until the number of new cases in the U.S. significantly drops even if that takes several months.
April 29, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue Voice Canada poll finds that over a third of Canadian’s say its time to reopen the economy
- 36% of Canadians agree it is time to reopen the economy and a majority of those in Quebec (60%) agreed.
- 75% of Canadians don’t think life will ever be the same after the virus.
- 57% are stressed, or concerned bout money and finances.
April 28, 2020: Leger and Association of Canadian Studies survey finds majority of Canadians working from home, would like to work from home more after the crisis
- 69% of Canadians who are currently working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions would like to work from home more often after the crisis.
- 45% of Canadians would agree with governments using location data from people’s mobile devices to monitor social distancing/self-isolation.
- The majority of Canadians would feel comfortable going to farmers’ markets and allowing in-home renovations after governments lift the protective measures
- When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, 60% of Canadians think it should be mandatory for all.
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/concerns-about-covid-19-april-28-2020/
April 28, 2020: Narrative Research study finds Atlantic Canadians have adjusted key behaviours and spending habits in response to the state of emergency
- 77% have delayed hosting dinners with family/friends.
- 47% are spending more on groceries since the pandemic began compared to 17% who are spending less.
- Of the 80% of Atlantic Canadians who subscribe to a video streaming services, one third (32%) started their subscription since the pandemic began.
Read the full report: https://narrativeresearch.ca/atlantic-canadians-have-adjusted-to-the-state-of-emergency/
April 28, 2020: Nanos study finds Coronavirus still dominates Canadian mindset and jobs/economy a distance second on issue radar
- 48% of Canadians say the Coronavirus is the most important national issue of concern (consistent with last week 50%).
- Jobs/economy (18%) comes in as a distance second followed by healthcare (7%) and the environment (7%).
April 27, 2020: Angus Reid Institute study finds a quarter of Canadians experience worsened mental health and finances as a result of pandemic
- a quarter of Canadians (26%) are “hardest hit” reporting their household financial situation and their mental health have worsened through this pandemic .
- Alberta has the highest number of “hardest hit” (32%) and Quebec the lowest (20%).
- three quarters (77%) of all Canadians agree that it is too soon to begin lifting restrictions.
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid19-mental-health/
April 27, 2020: Ipsos Global survey finds majority of Canadians against opening economy if the virus is not fully under control
- 70% of Canadians disagree that the economy and businesses should open even if the virus is not fully contained.
- Other countries were more divided on this question with majorities in some countries including Russia (60%), China (58%) and Italy (53%) supporting the opening of the economy and businesses even if the virus is not fully contained.
- 68% of Canadians agree that they will be nervous about leaving their home if business reopen and travel resumes.
April 27, 2020: Bloomberg-Nanos weekly pulse finds consumer sentiment remains net negative
- the Bloomberg-Nanos Consumer Confidence Index (BNCCI), a composite of a weekly measure of financial health and economic expectations, remained low at 37.08, fairly consistent with the 37.21 the prior week and well below the twelve-month high (59.06).
April 24, 2020: Narrative Research finds Atlantic Canadians are unanimous in their belief that COVID-19 presents an extremely serious threat to the economy and to long term care facilities
- 98% say the threat level of COVID-19 is extremely or somewhat serious to long term care facilities in their province, to their provincial economy and to the Canadian economy.
- 35% are extremely concerned about personally contracting COVID-19 and 49% are extremely concerned that someone in their immediate family will contract the virus.
Read the full report: https://narrativeresearch.ca/atlantic-canadians-are-unanimous-in-their-belief-that-covid-19-presents-an-extremely-serious-economic-threat-to-the-country-and-the-region-as-well-as-to-long-term-care-facilities/
April 23, 2020: Narrative Research survey finds Atlantic Canadians satisfied with government/healthcare system response to COVID-19 and report high compliance with emergency directives
- 89% completely or mostly satisfied with the healthcare system and their provincial government.
- 86% are completely or mostly satisfied with the federal government.
- 99% practice safe social distancing and 95% stay at home except for necessities.
Read the full report: https://narrativeresearch.ca/atlantic-canadians-are-satisfied-with-the-response-to-covid-19-by-governments-and-the-healthcare-system-and-report-high-compliance-with-various-state-of-emergency-directives/
April 23, 2020: Insights West survey finds BC residents struggle with mental health as COVID-19 pandemic progresses
- BC residents feeling more worried (62%), stressed (59%), bored (59%), anxious (57%), and lonely (43%) than before the pandemic.
- although the majority of British Columbians (74%) are doing an ‘excellent’ (25%) or ‘good’ (49%) on an emotional or personal level, there is a worrisome number who are doing ‘fair’ (22%) or ‘poor’ (4%) in dealing with the COVID-19 situation.
- females (31%) and those aged 18-34 (36%) are more likely to say they are doing “fair” or “poor” on an emotional or personal level.
Read the full report: https://www.insightswest.com/news/april-23-covid/
April 23, 2020: CROP-La Presse survey find Quebecers COVID-19 concerns decreases, satisfaction with Legault Government too.
- Quebecers are most concerned about the economic impact of COVID-19 with 76% indicating they are concerned (7-10 out of 10) but this concern has decreased from 85% in late March.
- Fewer Quebecers are concerned (7-10 out of 10) about the spread of COVID-19 (62%) or personally contracting the virus (43%), down from 76% and 55% respectively in late March.
- 83% are satisfied (7-10 out of 10) with the Legualt Government’s handling of COVID-19 though the percentage who are very satisfied (9-10 out of 10) is down from 66% in early April to 50% the from April 17-20. .
Read the full report: (available in French only)https://sondage.crop.ca/survey/start/cawi/blogue/COVID19-23avril.pdf
April 22, 2020: Forum Research and Mainstreet Research finds decrease in Ontario household reporting COVID-19 symptoms
- 15% of Ontario households report COVID-19 symptoms, down from 19% one week ago.
- one in 20 households (5%) now have a member who has been tested for COVID-19, up from 2% the week before. One fifth (17%) of those tested report a positive result.
- one third (32%) report an underlying condition that might aggravate a COVID-19 infection – Asthma (22%) is the most common underlying condition reported.
Read the full report: http://poll.forumresearch.com/post/3059/covid-19-symptoms-wave-2
April 21, 2020: The Forum Poll finds Canadians doing more and spending more online
- one-sixth (15%) of Canadians say they’ve added a streaming service, such as Netflix, Disney+, or Crave since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
- 19% of Canadians ordered groceries online in the past month compared to 9% who order groceries online at least once a month on average.
- following the outbreak, 38% of Canadian do 20% or more of their shopping online compared to 21% prior to the outbreak.
Read the full report: http://poll.forumresearch.com/post/3058/covid-19-spending-behaviours
April 21, 2020: Leger and Association of Canadian Studies survey finds most Canadians who are working from home are having a positive experience
- 50% of Canadians are working from home and 79% of them report that they are having a positive experience.
- about half (48%) of Canadians report having trouble finding certain foods they need when they are grocery shopping.
- 85% of Canadians who have relatives living in seniors’ residence are concerned.
- 16% of Canadian and 23% of Americans know someone who has COVID-19
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/concerns-about-covid-19-april-21-2020/
April 21, 2020: Advanis (Tell City Hall) survey finds Canadians sentiment changing as the pandemic evolves
- one in five Canadians (20%) agree with the statement “You’re making me stay home and taking way my activities. Everyone is overacting” and that is up from 16% the week of April 6.
- only 34% of Canadians agree that “If we social distance for a few weeks everything will get back to normal” down from 39%.
- 49% of Canadians are concerned that the healthcare system in their community can handle the pandemic, down from 69% the week of March 30th.
Read the full report: https://www.tellcityhall.ca/surveys.html
April 21, 2020: Nanos study finds Coronavirus still dominates Canadian mindset and jobs/economy a distance second on issue radar
- 50% of Canadians say the Coronavirus is the most important national issue of concern (consistent with last week 49%).
- Jobs/economy (15%) comes in as a distance second followed by healthcare (10%) and the environment (6%).
April 21, 2020: Mustel Group survey conducted for GVBOT, BCBC and the BC Chamber of Commerce find almost half of B.C. businesses now closed fear they may not reopen
- 43% of BC businesses can only continue to operate for up to three months under current restrictions.
- only half (53%) expect to reopen once the restrictions are eased – 38% are unsure and 8% will not reopen.
- 54% (up from 48% in the first survey) state they have experienced revenue decreases of 75% or more.
April 20, 2020: Bloomberg-Nanos weekly pulse finds negative consumer sentiment trajectory remains but slows
- the Bloomberg-Nanos Consumer Confidence Index (BNCCI), a composite of a weekly measure of financial health and economic expectations, registered a new historic low at 37.21, down slightly from 38.68 the previous week and well below the twelve-month high (59.06).
April 20, 2020: Angus Reid Institute findings a strong majority of Canadians believe it is still too soon to lift restrictions
- 77% say it is too soon begin relaxing social distancing requirements and business closures.
- 46% of Canadians say their province should lift restrictions in 1-2 months and 28% in 3-6 months.
- If local governments lift restrictions gradually, Canadians say parks (50%) and offices/places of work (46%) should open first.
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid19-return-to-normal/
April 17, 2020: Pollara Strategic Insights finds significant COVID impact upon Canadians’ personal finances, family and social life, and worklife
- On average, Canadians expect about a third of Canadians to catch COVID-19 in the next 3 months (31.1%) or over the course of 2020 (33.4%).
- Four in ten (41%) feel it is likely that they will catch coronavirus themselves. More than half believe their friends (56%), elderly members of their family (53%), their neighbours (52%) or members of their family (50%) are likely to contract COVID-19.
- Almost half of Canadians have communicated with family (49%) or friends (45%) more than usual during this crisis.
- An area of potential concern: Although 80% of parents of children aged 18 and under are concerned about their kids catching the virus, only 60% have prohibited their kids from having any in-person playdates/get-togethers. (These figures are 65% for parents of kids under the age of 13 and 51% for parents of kids 13-17.)
Read the full report: https://www.pollara.com/new-pollara-report-goes-deep-on-covid-19-impact-on-canadians/
April 17, 2020: The Forum Poll finds half of Canadians have had their employment impacted by COVID-19
- 85% say they are concerned about COVID-19, up from 62% at the beginning of March.
- 49% report that the pandemic has caused a changed in their employment status (40% of those report losing their job temporarily and 18% indicate their hours have been reduced).
- one in 20 homeowners (5%) have missed a mortgage payment due at least in part to COVID-19.
Read the full report: http://poll.forumresearch.com/post/3057/covid-19-housing-and-employment
April 17, 2020: Advanis (Tell City Hall) survey finds Canadians remain positive despite uncertainty around COVID-19
- 60% say it has had a major impact on their household.
- one third (32%) of Canadian’s say the pandemic has caused financial hardship.
- while 84% say they don’t know when this will end, 64% remain positive over their personal wellbeing.
Read the full report: https://www.tellcityhall.ca/surveys.html
April 17, 2020: Environics Research and Ogilvy research provides insight into advertising during pandemic
- 82% say messaging about general well-being/mental health and COVID-19 products and services are most appropriate for current advertising.
- 52% of Canadians are looking forward to getting back to their routine.
- Canadians divided on whether they want to see ads on products not related to COVID-19 (48% want more and 52% less)
April 17, 2020: Ipsos Global Survey finds many think its unlikely the economy will recover quickly once COVID-19 lockdown is over
- a majority of people in 10 of the 15 countries, including 62% of Canadian, disagree that the economy will recover quickly once the lockdown from the pandemic is over.
- those in Vietnam (80%), China (68%) and India (63%) are most likely to say a quick recovery will take place.
- 42% do not believe the restrictions on travel and mandates for self-isolation will stop the spread of the virus.
April 16, 2020: Potloc Study: Canadian health workers share their insights from the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic
- 47% of surveyed health workers say they need psychological support, followed by training (45%) and additional medical staff (40%);
- More than half (55%) of health workers surveyed feel that they still have the situation under control but they might soon be overwhelmed;
- Overall, respondents do not feel that they are sufficiently prepared to handle the current situation (2.7 on a 5 point scale);
- Respondents mostly associate negative feelings with their current work situation: anxious (67%), unsafe (49%), overwhelmed (40%), helpless (29%), sleep-deprived (28%) and discouraged (28%);
- Health workers are unsatisfied with the general public’s behaviour during the outbreak (2.5 on a 5 point scale).
April 16, 2020: Ipsos Global Survey finds increase in people wearing a mask to protect themselves from COVID-19
- 28% of Canadians report wearing a mask, up from less than 10% in early March.
- Use of a mask is much higher in other countries including Vietnam (91%), China (83%), Italy (81%), Japan (77%) and Indian (76%).
- about one third of Canadians don’t see value in wearing a mask.
April 16, 2020: PRA Survey finds more Manitobans expecting social distancing measures to last 2 months or more
- COVID-19 continues to have negative impacts on working Manitobans, as the proportion who are working less (36% to 40%), working fewer hours (16% to 18%), or being laid off (8% to 10%) are all up from just three weeks ago.
- 68% of Manitobans expect social distancing measures to be in place for 2 months or more (up from 48% 3 weeks ago).
- 83% worry about Canada’s economy and 54% with their household’s economy.
Read the full report: https://pra.ca/covid-19-perceptions-and-perspectives-from-manitobans-early-april-2020-2/
April 16, 2020: Insights West poll finds British Columbians think they are doing a better job then their neighbours at social distancing
- 89% rate themselves favourably (8, 9 or 10 out of 10) on social distancing but only 35% give this same rating to British Columbians overall.
- only 13% rate young British Columbians (under 30) as an 8, 9, or 10 out of 10 on social distancing.
- British Columbians are doing more of certain activities including reading/watching news (67%), cooking (58%), using social media (56%), talking with family (51%) and reading (45%). 58% are spending less.
Read the full report: https://www.insightswest.com/news/april-16-2020-covid-19/
April 15, 2020: Poll from Forum Research and Mainstreet Research among Ontario household tracks COVID-19 symptoms to identify potential “hot spots” before they become too advanced to manage
- one fifth (19%) of Ontario households self-report at least one of seven listed symptoms of COVID-19.
- one in fifty (2%) of these households have a member who’s been tested and one fifth (18%) returned a positive test result.
- this poll is a proof-of-concept for a nationwide screening using interactive voice response (IVR) technology to identify clusters or hot spots before they become too advanced to manage.
Read the full report: http://poll.forumresearch.com/post/3055/covid-19-symptoms
April 15, 2020: Nanos Survey for the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction finds 25% of Canadians aged 35-54 are drinking more during pandemic
- 94% of Canadians are staying home more due to the pandemic.
- 18% of Canadians who are staying home more report alcohol consumption has increased and that jumps to 25% for Canadians aged 35-55.
- Canadians who report staying home more due to the coronavirus and consuming more alcohol say it has increased due to lack of regular schedule (51%), boredom (49%) and stress (44%).
April 14, 2020: Leger and Association of Canadian Studies survey finds Canadians concerned that situation in US will lead to spread in Canada
- 65% of Canadians think the health crisis in the United States will impact the spread of the virus in Canada.
- Receipt of the first Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) cheques has boosted the Trudeau government’s satisfaction rating.
- 26% of Canadians and 46% of Americans are still not following all the guidelines.
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/concerns-about-covid-19-april-14-2020/
April 14, 2020: Nanos study finds Coronavirus climbs further as top national issue of concern for Canadians
- 49% of Canadians say the Coronavirus is the most important national issue of concern (up from 40% last week).
- Other top issues are healthcare (14%), jobs/economy (14%) and environment (6%).
April 13, 2020: Environics Research explores how social values can motivate physical distancing
- one in ten (12%) of Canadian are not practicing physical distancing.
- those not practicing physical distancing fall into two noteworthy value segments and the report provides suggestions on messaging that is more likely to resonate with these two groups.
April 13, 2020: Bloomberg-Nanos weekly pulse finds Canadians consumer confidence sinks to new low
- the Bloomberg-Nanos Consumer Confidence Index (BNCCI), a composite of a weekly measure of financial health and economic expectations, registered at 38.68, down from 42.66 last week and 55.50 four weeks ago. The twelve-month high stands at 59.06.
April 13, 2020: Angus Reid Institute survey finds Canadians eager to reconnect
- nearly half (45%) of Canadians are looking forward to giving someone a big hug while one-in-three (34%) say they can’t wait to see and hang out with people outside their households.
- 41% say it will be 3-6 months before things will be “back to normal” in Canada and 43% say it will be more than 6 months.
- Canadians are doing more streaming shows/movies (63%), cleaning/organizing their space (59%), phone/video calling friends/family (55%), walks (53%) and baking (49%) over the last few weeks.
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid19-back-to-normal/
April 12, 2020: Ipsos Survey for Global News finds one in three Canadians have experienced job loss or pay cuts
- 18% have been laid off, 9% are on reduced hours/reduced pay, 5% have had to close their small business and 4% are working normal hours at reduced pay.
- 31% have less than a week’s savings to pay bills if no income is coming in.
- 96% acknowledge that COVID-19 is a serious economic crisis in Canada.
April 10, 2020: Angus Reid Institute survey in partnership with Cardus finds Canadians of faith turn to prayer & tech as COVID-19 disrupts Easter and other religious celebrations
- one in five (19%) Canadians say they personally or someone close to them have been supported by a faith institution since COVID-19 outbreak.
- of Canadians who pray (59%), more than one in five say they are turning more to prayer during the pandemic.
- among those who identify as Christian, Jewish or Muslim, 25% will follow a religious service online and 9% will pray with family/other member of their faith using video chat to celebrate the upcoming holy period.
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid-religion-easter/
April 10, 2020: Ipsos Survey for Global News finds Canadians Feeling Lonely or Isolated as a result of Physical Distancing
- 54% of Canadians agree that physical distancing has left them feeling lonely or isolated.
- 65% of Canadians believe that once the spread of COVID-19 in Canada is contained they’re confident that things like work, school, and social life will return to normal and 35% believe that the post-COVID world will be very different from life before this crisis took hold.
- 93% say technology is helping them stay close to friends and family.
April 10, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue Voice Canada poll finds 1.3 Million Canadians on Verge of Declaring Bankruptcy
- one in ten (9%) of mortgage or 1. 3 million Canadian holders believe default imminent.
- majority (58%) say neighborhood housing/condominium properties will depreciate over next two months.
April 9, 2020: Ipsos Survey for Global News finds Canadians supportive of wide-ranging measures to battle COVID-19 including Surveillance
- 85% support stricter physical distancing measures enforced by legislation.
- 76% support limits on personal movement (i.e., laws restricting who can leave home).
- 65% support federal government using cellphone data to monitor the movement of Canadians who are supposed to be quarantining in self-isolation
April 9, 2020: Advanis (Tell City Hall) survey finds Canadians struggling with uncertainty around COVID-19
- 84% say they don’t know when this will end.
- 11% report an impact on their ability to make mortgage payments and an additional 21% expect it will have an impact if things continue as is.
- 40% indicate that COVID-19 has had an impact on the mental health of their household.
Read the full report: https://www.tellcityhall.ca/surveys.html
April 9, 2020: Ipsos global survey finds increasing pessimism about “return to normal” by June
- only 35% of Canadians expect things to return to normal by June, down 25 percentage points from mid-March.
- globally Japan (19%), UK (27%), Australia (32%) and Canada (35%) were the most negative about a return to normal in June.
- Vietnam (92%), Brazil (85%) and Mexico (84%) were most optimistic
April 8, 2020: Angus Reid Institute Survey estimates COVID-19 infections in well over 100,000 Canadian households
- 8% of households (over 1.1 million) report having individuals with COVID-19 like symptoms .
- taking into account Health Canada estimates for seasonal influenza and estimating for infection rates including asymptomatic carriers, the Angus Reid Institute projects that COVID-19 infections are or were present in 147,900 Canadian households.
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid-epidemiology-study/
April 8, 2020: Ipsos global survey finds majority in Canada and most countries staying home to stop spread of COVID-19
- 74% of Canadians (up from 54% two weeks ago) are self-isolating or quarantining at home to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- majorities in most of the other 14 countries were also staying home with the exception of Japan were only 15% are staying home.
Read the full report: https://www.ipsos.com/en/most-us-are-staying-home-stop-spread-covid-19-shows-latest-poll
April 8, 2020: Nanos survey sees rise in satisfaction toward the federal government with COVID-19 outbreak
- 32% say satisfaction best describes their feeling toward the federal government in Ottawa (up from 15% in June 2019). 22% select optimism, 21% pessimism, 11% anger, 10% are unsure and 4% are disinterested.
- regionally, the percentage selecting satisfaction was highest in the Atlantic provinces (43%) and lowest in the prairies (21%).
April 7, 2020: Leger and Association of Canadian Studies survey finds Canadians supportive of increased police powers to contain pandemic as COVID-19 fears rise
- 64% fear personally contracting COVID-19 and 76% fear someone in their immediate family will contract COVID-19.
- 61% have witnessed events in the last week in which people did not respect measures put in place to fight COVID-19.
- a strong majority of Canadians support giving police permission to issues fines (91%) and arrest citizens (77%) who do not respect measures put in place. 76% would support a complete quarantine of a city (a shutdown of the city meaning that outside essential services, nobody leaves or enters the city)
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/concerns-about-covid-19-april-7-2020/
April 7, 2020:Nanos study finds Coronavirus climbs 34 percentage points in two weeks as the unprompted top national issue of concern for Canadians
- 40% of Canadians say the Coronavirus is the most important national issue of concern.
- Other top issues are healthcare (16%), jobs/economy (13%) and environment (8%).
Read the full report: www.nanos.co/dataportal
April 7, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue Voice Canada poll finds Canadians and Americans in virtual lockstep with “ultimate” forms of self-distancing to stop spread of COVID-19
- 72% of Canadians and 70% of Americans are staying at home as much as possible except for necessities such as food and medication
- similar percentages are self-monitoring (7% of Canadians and 9% of Americans), self-isolating (5% of Canadians and 4% of Americans), isolating (1% of Canadians and 2% of American) and None of the above (16% of Canadians and 16% of Americans)
April 6, 2020: Angus Reid Institute survey finds Canadians near-unanimous in expectations of economic woe as pandemic enters second month
- one-in-four residents (27%) now reporting that they are in terrible shape, can’t manage already or bad shape, barely keeping their heads above water financially, while just 12 per cent of Canadians say they are in great shape to endure a long economic downturn
- 45% of those in bad or terrible shape believe the government programs will be absolutely vital or help a lot. 39% believe it will help only a little or not at all and 16% are not sure.
- Canadian feel they are getting clear information from government and health officials though 3 in 10 believe official should be providing more information to them understand the situation
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid-19-canadians-expect-worse/
April 6, 2020: Leger survey conducted for Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province explores social impacts of COVID-19 among British Columbians
- 1/3 are working from home and 29% rate their mood very good/excellent as compared to 28% who rate their mood as poor or fair
- about 2/3 have increased their time online (66%) and watching TV (63%)
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/covid-19-social-impacts-study-british-columbians/
April 6, 2020: Nanos survey for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting finds majority of Canadians support government aid for failing news providers
- 62% support the Federal Government treating widespread media bankruptcies caused by COVID-19 as an emergency because professional journalism is essential to keeping Canadians safe
- 67% support the Government of Canada sending aid to failing news providers to keep them from closing down.
- 72% support the Government of Canada increasing funding for the CBC to provide more local news and information
April 3, 2020: Mustel Group survey conducted for GVBOT, BCBC and the BC Chamber of Commerce find BC business desperate for aid
- 74% have reported a decrease in sales and nearly half (48%) have experienced revenue declines of 75% or more
- among those laying off staff (42%), on average business have laid off 43 employees
- top recommendations for support from federal government are to provide direct payment to affected businesses (56%) and immediate reduce rates for EI, company tax, personal tax, GST, other government-imposed levies and charges
Read the full report: https://mustelgroup.com/covid-19-new-survey-shows-b-c-businesses-desperate-for-aid/
April 3, 2020: Bloomberg-Nanos weekly pulse finds Canadian consumer confidence at historic 12 year low
- the Bloomberg-Nanos Consumer Confidence Index (BNCCI), a composite of a weekly measure of financial health and economic expectations, registered at 42.66 compared with 55.50 four weeks ago. The twelve-month high stands at 59.06.
April 3, 2020: Insights West survey finds COVID-19 has devastating impact on BC small business owners
- Small business owners devastated by COVID 19 Crisis as 31% aren’t sure their business will survive the pandemic, and 9% believe they will close permanently
- 65% of small business owners are ‘very worried’ about the negative financial impact overall—and specifically revenue (66%), financing (41%), ability to pay salaries (43%) and difficulty paying their rent/lease (38%)
- Only 55% think the emergency Federal aid will be effective
Read the full report: https://www.insightswest.com/news/april-2020-bc-covid-smallbusiness/
April 1, 2020: Bloomberg/Nanos poll finds almost one in five Canadians will miss a major payment in next 28 days
- Just under one in five Canadians say they are likely or somewhat likely to miss a major payment such as a mortgage, loan, rent or credit card payment over the next four weeks.
- One in four Canadians aged 18 to 34 say they are likely or somewhat likely to miss a major
payment over the next four weeks
April 1, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue poll finds Canadians virtually unanimous in fight against COVID-19
- 90% fell we should stay the course: Keep things locked down as much as possible until there is a medical solution (44%) or until things are manageable within the healthcare system (46%)
- only 7% say we should loosen restrictions and 3% believe our life should get back to normal
- 65% view health threat of coronavirus greater than threat to financial well-being (24%).
Read the full report: https://dartincom.ca/poll/canadians-virtually-unanimous-in-fight-against-covid-19/
April 1, 2020: Ipsos poll finds people around the globe more concerned for those vulnerable to COVID-19 than for their own health
- consistent with 13 of the 15 countries included in the survey, a majority of Canadians (61%) selected “concern for those who are vulnerable or weak” as best describing how they feel today from a list of 10 items.
- 47% of Canadians think they will become closer to family and friends as a result of COVID-19
- 35% of Canadians believe they will learn a new skill as a result of COVID-19
March 31, 2020: Leger survey explores Canadian’s concerns about COVID-19
- Fear of the virus continues to grow.
- 17% of Canadians and 29% of Americans feel the pandemic is being blown out of proportion.
- 45% of Canadians have experienced a decrease in income and 22% will find it difficult to pay their mortgage or rent.
- 65% of Canadians and 53% of Americans believe the worst is yet to come
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/concerns-about-covid-19-march-31-2020/
March 31, 2020: Nanos study finds Coronavirus climbs 15 % points in one week as the unprompted top national issue of concern for Canadians
- 29% of Canadians say the Coronavirus is the most important national issue of concern.
- Other top issues are healthcare (15%), jobs/economy (13%), and environment (11%).
Read the full report: https://secureservercdn.net/188.8.131.52/823.910.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-Nanos-Issue-Coronavirus-Tracking-Populated-Report-Ending-March-27-with-Tabs-1.pdf
March 30, 2020: Angus Reid Institute study finds those who say pandemic threat is “overblown” less likely to take action to reduce the spread
- one in every 8 (12%) Canadians believes the threat is “overblown”.
- those who say the threat is “overblown” are less concerned they or someone in their household will contract the virus.
- those who say the threat is “overblown” are less likely to take precautions to avoid the spread including “keeping extra personal distance from people” and “staying away from public places”.
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid-19-serious-vs-overblown/
March 30, 2020: Leger survey for Manitoba Chamber of Commerce explores impact of COVID-19 on business in Manitoba
- about 80% of small and medium business (50 employees or less) in Manitoba say their financial situation is being impacted significantly. Medium and large businesses (more than 50 employees) are in a slightly better position with 55% reporting a significant impact
- 2/3 of companies believe access to emergency financial supports (68%) and provincial and federal tax relief (66%) would be beneficial in the event of a pandemic
- 36% feel the extraordinary situation and social distance measures will remain in effect in Manitoba for more than 8 weeks.
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/covid-19-manitoba-business-action-report/
March 30, 2020: Ipsos poll conducted earlier this month finds angst over jobs, debt, finances causes MNP Debt Index to drop to lowest level ever recorded
- the MNP Debt Index to 93 (-3 from last wave in December), its lowest reading in the past three years
- 46% say that they are concerned about their current level of debt (up 10 points from December 2019.
- 1 in 3 (34%, +7) Canadians Worry They or Someone in Their Family Could Lose Their Job.
Read the full report: https://www.ipsos.com/en-ca/news-polls/MNP_Debt_Index-2020-03-30
March 27, 2020: EKOS survey finds COVID-19 produces pervasive and strong anxiety
- 73 per cent think this is the most serious challenge Canada has faced in 50 years (only 12 per cent disagreed).
- Confidence in national direction is now 71 per cent but rose remarkably from 66 per cent to 74 per cent over the field period. Confidence in the federal government is at 75 per cent, the highest score EKOS has ever recorded.
- Canadian business leaders achieved high approval ratings on their handling of COVID-19 led by François Legault who achieved an astonishing 95 per cent. Only 19% approved of Donald Trump’s response to the crisis in the United States.
March 27, 2020: Probe Research surveys Manitobans on COVID-19
- 73 per cent think this is the most serious challenge Canada has faced in 50 years (only 12 per cent disagreed).
- One-in-three Manitobans feel the COVID-19 crisis currently causing health, social and economic upheaval in the province and around the globe is overblown. This proportion has decreased significantly as the pandemic unfolded.
- More than eight-in-ten report they are washing their hands more, while six-in-ten indicate they are practicing social distancing to some degree by avoiding large groups of people. One-third, meanwhile, have cancelled upcoming trips and events, with a similar proportion saying they have stocked up on essential items. Nearly one-in-ten – representing nearly 90,000 adult Manitobans – say they have not done any of these things.
- Nearly all Manitobans are interested in getting more information about how the provincial government is dealing with the pandemic, with three-quarters confident that the federal, provincial and municipal government will work together to respond effectively to the crisis. Somewhat fewer people – six-in-ten – are confident the provincial government is prepared to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Read the full report: https://www.probe-research.com/polls/manitobans-views-covid-19-1
March 27, 2020: CROP probes Quebecers on COVID-19
- Quebec residents are most concerned about the economic impact of COVID-19 with 57% indicating they are very concerned (9-10/10) for an average of 8.3/10.
- 41% of Quebec residents are very concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in Quebec (average of 7.6/10).
- Fewer Quebec residents (28%) are concerned about personally catching COVID-19 (average of 6.4/10).
- Only 23% of workers in Quebec, who have not lost their job because of the virus, are very worried about losing it (average of 5.1/10).
Read the full report: https://sondage.crop.ca/survey/start/cawi/blogue/CROP-COVID19.pdf
March 27, 2020: Insights West survey finds concerns about COVID19 have spiked significantly, but relief may be in sight as British Columbians turn to their leaders
- 17% of BC residents have lost their job, 30% have had reduced hours, 54% are concerned about household expenses, and 49% are concerned about being able to put food on their table.
- Bonnie Henry receives top marks (79%), followed by Adrian Dix (71%), Justin Trudeau (67%) and John Horgan (64%) for their handling of the crisis.
Read the full report: https://www.insightswest.com/news/march27-bc-covid19/
March 26, 2020: PRA survey explores Manitobans perceptions and perspectives on COVID-19
- 1 in 3 (33%) of Manitobans are now working from home and 46% say their employment has been affected by COVID-19, with about 36% working less
- to prevent the spread, Manitobans are washing hands regularly (95%), social distancing out of home (90%), avoiding physical contact (90%) and practicing proper hygiene etiquette when coughing or sneezing (88%)
- Manitobans appear to be more concerned about the financial impact of COVID-19’s outbreak than its health impact.
Read the full report: https://pra.ca/covid-19-perceptions-and-perspectives-from-manitobans/
March 26, 2020: Angus Reid Institute study finds majorities continue to say their provincial, federal governments doing a “good job” handling the crisis
- Quebec residents are near-unanimous in praise of their provincial government (93%), while every provincial government is said to be doing a “good job” of handling the COVID-19 outbreak by at least 71 per cent of their constituents
- The percentage saying the federal government is performing well continues to rise. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Canadians now say this, including 46 per cent of Conservatives. This is a doubling of positive sentiment among past CPC voters since the beginning of March
- Four-in-five Canadians say it will be at least three months, if not much longer, before their lives are what they consider to be “back to normal”
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid-19-healthcare-confidence/
March 26, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue survey finds a quarter of Canadian indicate that someone in their household or immediate family has lost their job or been laid off because of COVID-19
- One quarter (26%) of Canadians indicate someone in their household or immediate family has lost their job or been laid off specifically because of the Coronavirus
- One in five (21%) feel either pressured and anxious (16%) or dire and desperate (5%) looking out over next three months
Read the full report: https://dartincom.ca/poll/coronavirus-7/
March 26, 2020: Ipsos poll finds nine in 10 (88%) Support Role for Armed Forces to Fight COVID-19
Of the 88% who see a role for the Canadian Armed Forces to play in helping the country during this time of global need, majorities would like to see the members of the military playing a part in
- facilitating the delivery of medical and other necessary supplies (65%).
- protecting the safety of Canadians by supporting law enforcement to maintain public order (64%).
- continuing to use CFB Trenton as a quarantining point of entry for at-risk or infected travellers and evacuees (58%).
Read the full report: https://www.ipsos.com/en-ca/news-polls/CAF_and_COVID19-2020-03-26
March 25, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue survey finds Canadian confident health care system can provide proper medical attention if they catch COVID-19
- a majority (75%) of Canadians are confident that their community hospital and healthcare system could provide them with the proper medical attention if they or someone in their family contracted the virus.
- a majority (60%) now believe it could happen to them, up 8 points from 52% one week ago, and up 31 points since February 1, 2020.
Read the full report: https://dartincom.ca/poll/coronavirus-6/
March 25, 2020: Angus Reid Institute study finds those least equipped to endure economic downturn bearing the brunt of layoffs
- 44 per cent of Canadians say that they or someone in their household has lost hours due to the economic downturn. Among this group, the majority say their employers are not covering any of their now disappeared wages.
- One-in-three across the country (34%) say they worry their household may miss a rent or mortgage payment this month or have to start borrowing money (32%) or have already done those things.
- Two-in-five (37%) of those who have experienced job loss in their household say they’re not equipped to handle even an extra $100 expense in the next 30 days.
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid-19-economic-impact-canada/
March 24, 2020: Ipsos survey of adults in 14 countries finds public divided on whether isolation, travel bans prevent COVID-19 spread; border closures become more acceptable
- Majority of adults in the 14 countries surveyed including 87% of Canadians believe that borders should be closed until COVID-19 is contained.
- Many Canadians (34%) and majorities in any other countries believe that restrictions on travel and self-isolation wont’ stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Growing number of Canadians are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their health (+10) and job/business (+16) compared to 1 week ago.
March 24, 2020: Leger survey finds that some Canadians are not following recommended practices to stop spread of COVID-19
- While the majority (77%) believe Canada’s response to the COVID-19 threat is correct, one in five believe it is blown out of proportion and 16% are not practicing safe social distancing.
- 38% of Canadians say their personal income is affected by the crisis and 27% believe they will not be able to pay all their bills.
- The majority of Canadians are satisfied with the actions taken by the federal government (65%) and their provincial governments (79%).
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/stay-informed-covid-19-surveys/
March 24, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue survey finds that if Canadians have to liquidate all the money they have access to for the necessities of life, one in five would have no money left after one month
- One in five (21%) Canadians may be headed for short order financial dire straits if left to draw on their own financial resources to provide for their necessities during these extremely challenging times.
- Only 33% of believe they have the finances to carry on for more than 1 year.
Read the full report: https://dartincom.ca/poll/coronavirus-5/
March 21, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue survey finds confidence in public health official rises/Canadians believe they can’t afford to miss work
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (68%) viewed as doing well in protecting public from outbreak
- People going to the stores to buy essentials (77%) viewed as greatest purveyors of fear (24%) and panic (53%)
- Half (47%) of Canada’s workforce believe they cannot afford to miss work because they have no benefits or anything to fall back on.
March 20, 2020: Nanos study finds Coronavirus jumps to the top as the unprompted national issue of concern for Canadians
- 15% of Canadians say the Coronavirus is the most important national issue of concern.
- Other top issues are jobs/economy (14%), environment (14%) and healthcare (13%).
Read the full report: www.nanos.co/dataportal
March 19, 2020: Leger survey finds a large minority not concerned about COVID-19
- 36% of Canadians do not currently feel threatened by the COVID-19 virus and that this proportion rises to 52% among young people under the age of 25.
- Majority (52%) of Canadian’s see COVID-19 as both an economic and a health issue.
Read the full report: https://leger360.com/surveys/stay-informed-covid-19-surveys/
March 19, 2020: Dart & maru/Blue survey finds half of Canadians concerned about contracting COVID-19
- half (52% +20) of Canadians concerned they might contract the Coronavirus.
- only one in 10 (11%) describe themselves as “anxious” or in a “panic” (2%) compared to the vast (87%) who describe themselves as either concerned (50%) or describe themselves as calm (30%).
Read the full report: https://dartincom.ca/poll/coronavirus-2/
March 17, 2020: Angus Reid Institute study finds Canadians bracing for worse on health, economic fronts
- A solid majority of Canadians (68%) now say they view the threat of a coronavirus outbreak as serious, representing more than a fifty per cent increase in the number saying so just ten days ago.
- While only a quarter are worried about serious consequences for themselves, half are concerned about the risk for a close family member or friend.
- Two-thirds (65%) are worried that their personal finances may be hurt.
Read the full report: http://angusreid.org/covid-19-response/
March 11, 2020: Insights West survey finds that BC Residents’ concerns about COVID19 have spiked significantly
- 55% of BC residents are concerned about COVID19, and 50% believe it will have a major negative effect on the Canadian economy.
- 31% (over 1M) of adult BC residents have been ill in the past several weeks, and 20% of them are worried about having COVID19 themselves. A significant number are changing their day-to-day behaviours as a result.
Read the full report: https://www.insightswest.com/news/mar-2020-bc-covid19/
March 8, 2020: The Forum Poll finds that almost two-thirds of Canadians are concerned about COVID 19
- 62% say they are concerned about COVID-19 with 25% indicating they are very concerned.
- 58% rate Canada’s public-health system’s response to the virus so far as good, with a quarter (24%) saying it’s very good.
Read the full report: http://poll.forumresearch.com/post/3054/covid-19/