Leger’s Weekly Survey – September 9, 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.

IN THE NEWS

PROTESTS AND REMOVING HISTORICAL MONUMENTS

  • 45% of Canadians and 46% of Americans believe that the protests in their respective countries calling for an end to racial inequality will not lead to meaningful changes.
  • 50% of Canadians and 44% of Americans oppose removing statues/monuments from public spaces of politicians who have demonstrably harboured racist views or implemented racist policies.

BACK TO SCHOOL

  • 52% of Canadians think children should be going back to school in person, while 48% of Americans think they should not.
  • If children go back to physical classrooms for in-person learning, 47% of Canadians think that the children’s families are most at risk. Among Americans, 26% think the children’s families are most at risk, 25% think the children themselves are most at risk, and 23% think the teachers are most at risk. 

US ELECTIONS

  • 69% of Canadians and 41% of Americans think that electing Donald Trump president will worsen relations between Canada and the United States. In contrast, 65% of Canadians and 44% of Americans think that relations between the two countries will improve if Joe Biden is elected president

COVID-19

  • When asked which actions should be prioritized to control the increase in the spread of COVID-19, over one-third of Canadians (35%) say that public safety measures that severely limit group sizes and close certain businesses should be re-imposed. A similar proportion of Americans (36%) say that always wearing a mask outside of one’s home should be made mandatory

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

This web survey was conducted from September 4-6, 2020, with 1,529 Canadians and 1,001 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

Using 2016 Census reference variables, the Canadian data was then analyzed and weighted by our statisticians according to gender, age, mother tongue, region, education level and the presence of children in households in order to render a representative sample of the general population.​ Using 2010 U.S. Census reference variables, the American data was then analyzed and weighted by our statisticians according to 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 1,529 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.51%, 19 times out of 20, while a probability sample of 1,001 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.

  • In your opinion, will the protests around the country calling to end racial inequality in Canada / in the United States lead to meaningful changes?
  • Do you support or oppose removing statues/monuments from public spaces of politicians where it has been demonstrated that they harboured racist views or implemented racist policies?
  • Do you think children should be going back to school in person?
  • Who do you think is most at risk if children go back to physical classrooms for in-person learning?
  • Thinking about the state of relations between Canada and the United States, do you think that the election of Joe Biden or Donald Trump as President will improve relations, worsen relations or there will be no change in relations between the two countries?
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