Quebecers are the least worried when it comes to a potential second wave of the coronavirus, according to a new poll from the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network with the Association for Canadian Studies.
The study was published on Thursday as governments throughout North America start easing pandemic measures. The study found that 86% of Canadians were “totally concerned” about a second wave, with Quebec being the least worried, at 78%.
Ontario and British Columbia led the nation with 91% of residents feeling “total concern” about a second wave, according to the poll.
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The survey found a significant contrast between English and French speakers in the province, with 59.5% of Anglophones being “very concerned” about a potential second wave, versus 27.5% of francophones.
“Many experts predict that a second round of COVID-19 cases is inevitable come fall just as provinces in Canada and states to the south of our border are actively pursuing de-confinement measures,” the poll said. “There has been increased public discussion amongst elected officials about the need for readiness to combat a second wave of the virus.”
On a continental scale, 32% of Quebecers were “very concerned” about the fall’s potential second wave, compared to over 50% in the USA, Ontario, and Alberta.
The online survey was conducted from May 22 to 24, using 2,515 people — 1,510 Canadians and 1,005 Americans. According to the poll’s methodology, the margin for error was close to 3%, 19 times out of 20.
Visit the ACS AEC website for the full survey.