By ANGUS REID INSTITUTE
March 26, 2020 – As daily diagnoses of new COVID-19 cases rise and governments impose ever stricter controls on public movement, new data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute show Canadian behaviour and daily life has changed extraordinarily over the last seven weeks.
A “new normal” that at the beginning of February may have seemed inconceivable now includes social distancing, staying home, and persistent handwashing, all in a critical effort to slow the spread of an extremely infectious virus. Vast majorities (85%) now report staying away from others, not touching others (84%) and staying away from public places (81%).
The aggressive spread of this coronavirus is sending anxiety levels spiking as Canadians come to grip with the financial toll it will take on their households (76%) and job situations. It is also softening their level of confidence in local health care systems to cope with what public health officials warn will be an onslaught of new cases in the coming weeks.
More Key Findings:
- 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”
Link to the poll here: www.angusreid.org/covid-19-healthcare-confidence