Leger’s North American Tracker – December 1, 2020

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Every two weeks, 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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HOLIDAY PLANS

  • 71% of Canadians and 51% of Americans have changed their holiday plans due to the COVID-19 situation.
  • 45% of Canadians and 42% of Americans are afraid of being exposed to COVID-19 at holiday gatherings with family and friends.
  • 60% of Canadians support a total ban on holiday gatherings (except those among people who live in the same household). Americans are virtually equally split on whether they support (42%) or oppose (41%) a total ban.

A COVID-19 VACCINE

  • 48% of Canadians are not overly concerned about Canada potentially receiving doses of a new COVID-19 vaccine after certain other countries, and feel that a few months won’t make much of a difference. In contrast, 37% are very concerned that Canada may not receive doses of a new COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as certain other countries, and feel we need to get vaccinations started as soon as possible.
  • 28% of Canadians indicate they would take the first COVID-19 vaccine available to the public (a decrease of 9 percentage points since mid-November). 45% indicate they would wait for other vaccines to be available (an increase of 12 percentage points since mid-November).
  • 9% of Canadians and 21% of Americans think vaccines are dangerous and should not be taken or given.

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

This web survey was conducted from November 27-29, 2020, with 1,516 Canadians and 1,002 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

For comparison, a probability sample of 1,516 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.51%, 19 times out of 20, while a probability sample of 1,002 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!

  • Are you afraid of being exposed to COVID-19 at holiday gatherings with family and friends?
  • Have you changed your plans for the holiday season due to the COVID-19 situation?
  • Based on the COVID-19 situation currently in your province, would you support or oppose a total ban on all holiday gatherings except those with people in your immediate household?
  • There are reports in the news that the US, Great Britain and Germany will be able to start vaccinating their citizens as early as this December, but there is a likelihood Canada will not receive doses of any new vaccines until January or February of 2021. Which of the following statements best describes how you feel about this situation?
  • 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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