Leger’s Weekly Survey – August 25, 2020

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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.

COVID-19

  • 68% of Canadians and 59% of Americans say they would NOT take a free dose of the recently released COVID-19 vaccine produced by Russia, if given the opportunity.
  • 45% of Canadians and 47% of Americans think COVID-19 safety measures will remain after a vaccine or a cure becomes widely available.
Infographic: 45% of Canadians and 47% of Americans think COVID-19 safety measures will remain after a vaccine or a cure becomes widely available.

IN THE NEWS

CANADIAN FEDERAL POLITICS

  • If the federal Liberal government loses a non-confidence vote in September, 38% of Canadians are for having a general election this fall, 42% are against, and 19% are unsure. 
  • According to Canadians, among the federal party leaders, Jagmeet Singh best represents honesty and integrity, while Justin Trudeau best represents being charismatic, a good communicator, caring and compassionate, decisive, and intelligent. 

THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY

  • 28% of Canadians and 30% of Americans who are currently working think their company/organization will have layoffs before the end of the year. 
  • 32% of Canadians and 28% of Americans say their family is worse off financially in 2020 than it was in 2019. 

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

This web survey was conducted from August 21-23, 2020, with 1,516 Canadians and 1,003 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

Using 2016 Census reference variables, the Canadian data were weighted by gender, age, mother tongue, region, education level and presence of children in the household in order to ensure a representative sample of the population. Using 2010 U.S. Census reference variables, the American data were weighted by 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 1,516 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.52%, 19 times out of 20, while a probability sample of 1,003 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.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS THE RESULTS FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND MORE! DOWNLOAD IT BELOW FOR THE FULL RESULTS.

  • Parliament will have to vote to maintain or not the confidence in the government in September. If the government loses this vote, we would probably have an immediate general election. Are you for or against having a general election this fall?
  • If Erin O’Toole were leader of the Conservative Party, would it make you more likely or less likely to consider voting for the Conservatives in the next election?
  • Russia recently announced it has produced the world’s first vaccine to immunize against the COVID-19 virus. Based on what you currently have heard, if you were offered a free dose of the recently released COVID-19 vaccine produced by Russia, would you take it?
  • Do you think your company (or organization) will be having layoffs between now and the end of the year?
  • Are you personally afraid of contracting COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

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