Leger’s Weekly Survey – November 17, 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. Please note that going forward, this survey will be conducted every two weeks.

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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A COVID-19 VACCINE

  • If Pfizer’s vaccine is ready in April 2021, 56% of Canadians and 41% of Americans say they would take it in Spring 2021. 
  • Based on the information provided about the announcement of the vaccine developed by Pfizer…
    • 37% of Canadians and 30% of Americans say they would be more likely to take the first vaccine when it is available
    • 33% of Canadians and 23% of Americans say they will wait for other vaccines to be available
    • 12% of Canadians and 23% of Americans say they will not take any vaccine
    • 18% of Canadians and 24% of Americans don’t know what they will do
  • After a vaccine becomes widely available in their country, 63% of Canadians and 50% of Americans think COVID-19 safety measures will remain. The proportion of Canadians who think so has increased by 18 percentage points since late August of 2020.

THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

  • Over one-third (36%) of Americans and 71% of Republicans think the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent
  • 65% of Americans think Joe Biden’s behaviour since the election has been appropriate. Nearly the same proportion (62%) think Trump’s behaviour since the election has been inappropriate
  • According to Americans, the two most important issues for the next president are managing the pandemic (56%) and economic recovery (53%). 
  • 38% of Americans and 74% of Republicans would like Donald Trump to run for president again in 2024.  

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

This web survey was conducted from November 13-15, 2020, with 1,522 Canadians and 1,003 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

For comparison, a probability sample of 1,522 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.51%, 19 times out of 20, while a probability sample of 1,003 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!

  • There are numerous vaccines being worked on around the world. When do you think an approved vaccine will be available for general public use in Canada?
  • There was an announcement this week that the company Pfizer could have a vaccine ready for use in April 2021. This vaccine would require that you receive 2 doses of the vaccine over a two-week period, would you take this vaccine in the Spring of 2021?
  • Do you personally believe vaccines are dangerous and should not be taken or given?
  • Do you think the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent or not?
  • Who do you think will be officially sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, 2021, Joe Biden or Donald Trump?

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