Survey of British Columbians: China, A COVID-19 Holiday, and Government Restrictions

December 15, 2020

From December 2 to December 4, 2020, on behalf of Postmedia, Leger conducted an online survey among British Columbians to explore their opinions on Canada’s relationship with China, a COVID-19 holiday season, and governmental restrictions.


Tensions Between China and Canada

  • Given the detainment of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, British Columbians feel tensions rising between Canada and China.
  • Most British Columbians are concerned with their security/cybersecurity and feel the government should step in to take a firmer position and diversify its trade partnerships.

COVID-19 During the Holidays

  • This holiday season, British Columbians plan on taking precautions to flatten the COVID-19 curve, however, 90% still expect there to be a spike two weeks after Christmas.
  • 52% plan to purchase their gifts online (vs. 22% in 2019).
  • 60% plan on gathering with just their immediate household, and 33% plan on visiting people in their core bubble that they trust.

COVID-19 Government Action

  • British Columbians generally support the provincial government more than the federal government when it comes to taking action on COVID-19.
  • 63% are clear on the COVID-19 restrictions, while 28% are unclear.


  • 1,001 residents of British Columbia aged 18 or older were surveyed online using Leger’s online panel, LEO, from December 2-4, 2020.
  • Using data from the 2016 Census, the results were weighted according to age, gender, and region in order to ensure a representative sample of the population in British Columbia.
  • No margin of error can be associated with a non-probability sample. However, for comparative purposes, a probability sample of 1,001 respondents would have a margin of error of ±3.1%, 19 times out of 20.


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