Polls Find Strong Support For COVID-19 Curfews and Canadians’ Mental Health Has Suffered

Nearly two-thirds of Canadians will support a curfew if it is needed to curb the spread of COVID-19 – although they don’t believe it will be effective, a new poll found.

65% of respondents to a poll by Léger and the Canadian Research Association said they would support a temporary curfew in the provinces if recommended by public health officials.

In Quebec, where the government imposed a curfew that lasted for October, 74% said they supported the move.

However, only 57% of Quebecers and only 39% of respondents in the rest of the country think curfew is an effective measure to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

A poll of 1,516 Canadians was conducted from January 15 to 18.

Léger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said the results suggest Canadians “want to do their part and will stand by their governments” in efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. But it also suggests provinces “need to sell this thing (curfews) if they want to make it work.”

The survey also found that mental health of Canadians was affected by the prolonged pandemic.

21% rated their mental health as either bad or very bad, up 8% since last April.

32% rated their mental health as excellent or very good, down 10% since April. Another 45% described their mental health as good, down three% from April.

Bourque said mental health experts do not consider “good” to be a particularly positive rating, akin to someone saying they feel OK.

The poll suggests 59 per cent remain somewhat or very afraid of contracting COVID-19, virtually unchanged since April.

Seventy-one per cent of respondents said they intend to get vaccinated against the coronavirus when a vaccine becomes available to them.

Two vaccines have been approved for use in Canada so far and provinces have begun immunizing front line health care workers, long-term care home workers and residents and some others considered among the most vulnerable.

Forty-seven per cent of respondents said they’ll take the first vaccine available to them, while 27 per cent said they’ll wait for other vaccines to become available. Another 11 per cent said they won’t take any vaccine and 15 per cent didn’t know what they’ll do.

The online poll cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.

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