Three of four Canadians would take COVID-19 vaccine: poll

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Three of four Canadians would take a COVID-19 vaccine, if available, according to a new poll.

The Research Co. poll also found more than 70 per cent of respondents are satisfied with how municipal, provincial and federal governments have handled the pandemic, while close to half are now willing to wear a mask every time they go out in public.

The satisfaction ratings of provinces improved 11 points since the latest poll in May.

Individually, 83 per cent of B.C. residents are pleased with the provincial government’s performance since the start of the pandemic, up 14 points.

A majority of residents in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta are also satisfied with their respective provincial governments.

Mask-wearing, cleaning precautions up

The proportion of Canadians who would wear a mask every time they go out increased to 48 per cent in June from 14 per cent in May.

“There is a big gender gap when it comes to wearing protective masks outside the home,” says Mario Canseco, president of Research Co.

While 57 per cent of women in Canada are not leaving their home without a mask, only 39 per cent of men are partaking in the same behaviour, according to the poll.

As well, as many as 40 per cent of Canadians are cleaning their groceries to prevent infection, while 23 per cent are not ordering food from restaurants, fearing infection.

Close to 30 per cent of Canadians acknowledged eating more than usual at home, while close to 20 per cent are drinking more at home. Another 16 per cent admitted to losing their tempers more often.

Across the country, 37 per cent of Canadians expect to be able to attend or host a large social gathering before December, while fewer believe they will be able to shake the hand of a person who is not at their home (33 per cent), attend a live sporting event (26 per cent) or travel abroad (21 per cent).

Half of Canadians believe the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak has passed. That proportion rises to 57 per cent in Quebec.

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