The Tokyo Olympics, Reopening Borders – August 4, 2021

This survey explores Canadians’ and Americans’ views on the Tokyo Olympics, the reopening of the Canada-U.S. borders and more.

With the Tokyo Olympics well underway, we asked Canadians and Americans a series of questions, including their perspectives on the recent controversy surrounding women’s sportswear. We also asked them to share their opinions about the eventual reopening of the Canada-U.S. borders.

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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The Tokyo Olympics

  • 61% of Canadians and 62% of Americans think it is still relevant to hold major international competitions like the Olympic Games.
  • In the context of the recent controversy surrounding women’s sportswear at the Tokyo Olympics, 82% of Canadians and 77% of Americans think female athletes should have the right to choose the uniform they want to wear to compete.
  • 52% of Canadians and 41% of Americans are regularly or occasionally following the Tokyo Olympic Games.

82% of Canadians and 77% of Americans think female athletes should have the right to choose the uniform they want to wear to compete.

Reopening the Canada-U.S. Borders

  • 56% of Canadians think Canada and the United States should negotiate to open their borders simultaneously as soon as possible. Americans are more divided: 48% favour the former, while 52% think both countries should be free to choose their reopening date.

56% of Canadians think Canada and the United States should negotiate to open their borders simultaneously as soon as possible. Americans are more divided: 48% favour the former, while 52% think both countries should be free to choose their reopening date.

COVID-19 Developments

  • As COVID-19 cases increase and the media focuses on the Delta variant, the proportion of Canadians and Americans who feel the worst of the COVID-19 crisis is behind us is trending downward, as is the proportion who think governments should lift all restrictions related to COVID-19 right now.

METHODOLOGY

This web survey was conducted from July 30, 2021 to August 1, 2021 with 1,534 Canadians and 1,001 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

For comparison, a probability sample of 1,534 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 ±3.09%, 19 times out of 20. 

THIS REPORT CONTAINS THE RESULTS FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND MORE!

  • Canada has announced it plans to reopen its borders with the USA to allow American tourists (with proof of vaccination) to visit Canada as of August 9th. The USA has announced it will not reopen its borders with Canada until August 21st. Which of the following best describes your personal opinion on this issue?
  • How interested are you in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?
  • Do you think it is still relevant to hold major international competitions such as the Olympic Games?
  • Women’s sportswear has attracted a lot of attention in the last few days. Specifically, the German gymnasts who wore full-body unitards during a competition and Norwegian beach handball players wore shorts instead of the mandatory bikini for the first time last Sunday in competition, which earned them a €1,500 fine. Which statement comes closest to your opinion?
  • What statement best describes your personal opinion of the COVID-19 crisis for Canada/The United States?

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