Leger’s Weekly Survey – September 15, 2020

September 15, 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.


  • In the past month, 57% of Canadians and 61% of Americans report that they have relaxed in terms of following one or more of the public health safety measures mentioned. 37% of Canadians report they have relaxed in terms of proper social distancing. Among Americans, 44% have relaxed in terms of always wearing a mask outside their homes, and 43% have relaxed in terms of proper social distancing.
  • 25% of Canadians and 37% of Americans believe that COVID-19 is no more dangerous than the seasonal flu.
  • Given the situation in their province/state, 34% of Canadians and 23% of Americans think we have entered the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 23% of Canadians and 41% of Americans believe that governments and health officials are exaggerating the threat posed by COVID-19 and the need for continued and rigorous public health safety measures.
  • 63% of Canadians are afraid of contracting COVID-19, an increase of 7 percentage points since last week.


This web survey was conducted from September 11-13, 2020, with 1,539 Canadians and 1,001 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

Using 2016 Census reference variables, the Canadian data was then analyzed and weighted by our statisticians according to gender, age, mother tongue, region, education level and the presence of children in households in order to render a representative sample of the general population.​ Using 2010 U.S. Census reference variables, the American data was then analyzed and weighted by our statisticians according to gender, age, region, race/ethnicity and household size in order to render a representative sample of the general population.

For comparison, a probability sample of 1,539 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.5%, 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. The research results presented here are in full compliance with the CRIC Public Opinion Research Standards and Disclosure Requirements.


  • Regardless of your faith, have you attended a religious service in the past month?
  • Do you think COVID-19 is more dangerous, as dangerous as or less dangerous than the seasonal flu?
  • Thinking about the situation in your province/state, do you think we have now entered the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • To this day, are you satisfied or not with the measures put in place to fight the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic by the following?

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