Leger’s Weekly Survey – October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020


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.

This survey is 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.

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  • 24% of Canadians and 16% of Americans report that their mental health and stress levels are currently worse compared to during the first wave of the pandemic in March/April. 
  • Currently, Canadians’ biggest sources of stress related to COVID-19 are when the pandemic will end/how bad it will get (17%), social isolation/being unable to socialize/see friends and family (16%), and worries about their family’s health and safety (15%).
  • Americans’ biggest sources of stress are when the pandemic will end/how bad it will get (15%), and worries about their family’s health and safety (15%). 14% of Americans report that they are not currently experiencing any stress related to COVID-19.


  • Over one-quarter (27%) of Canadians think that we are in the worst period of the crisis now. This proportion has been trending upward for the past three weeks. 
  • 68% of Canadians are satisfied overall with the measures put in place by their provincial government to fight the pandemic. This proportion (identical to last week) is at its lowest point since late March.


This web survey was conducted from October 16-18, 2020, with 1,512 Canadians and 1,001 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

For comparison, a probability sample of 1,512 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. 


  • Thinking of your mental health and stress level currently, how does it compare to when the pandemic first hit Canada back in March/April of this year? Is your mental health today…
  • Thinking about your day-to-day life during the pandemic, what would you say is your biggest source of COVID-19 related stress or anxiety that is affecting your mental well-being right now?
  • If professional sports in your area resumed with even a limited number of spectators, would you be worried or not worried it would increase the spread of the COVID-19 infections in your community?
  • What statement best describes your personal opinion of the COVID-19 crisis for Canada?

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