Concerns About COVID-19 – March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020


Did you know that 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?

This is one of the findings of Leger’s latest survey, conducted March 13-16, 2020 among 1,538 respondents representative of the adult population of Canada.

Leger will be publishing a more comprehensive weekly survey in collaboration with The Canadian Press to help governments, businesses and citizens better understand the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians in the face of the current health and economic crisis. This series of surveys will be available to you on Leger’s website.

To help companies adjust, Leger has launched a new tool, the 24 Hour Express Survey to help management stay connected with their customers and make business decisions faster.


This web survey was conducted from March 13 to 16, 2020 with 1,538 Canadians, aged 18 years or older, who can speak English or French.

Using data from Statistics Canada, the results were weighted by gender, age, mother tongue, region, education level and presence of children in the household to make the sample representative of the entire study population.

For comparison, the maximum margin of error for a sample of 1,538 respondents is ±2.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results presented in this study comply with CRIC’s public opinion research standards and disclosure requirements.


  • Taking everything into account, how concerned are you about the threat posed to Canada by the coronavirus?
  • Do you believe that the Canadian government are doing enough to protect Canadians from the risk posed by the coronavirus?
  • Taking everything into account, does the coronavirus, or COVID-19, concern you more as a personal economic or a personal health issue?
  • Have your travel plans for the next months changed due to the recent coronavirus COVID-19 situation?

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