The results of a recent poll suggests that Canadians are starting to drift from their polite public persona — and according to more than half of respondents — are becoming less polite.
A survey conducted by Vancouver’s Research Co says that 52% of Canadians surveyed think people in the country have become less polite than they were five years ago.
The survey of 1,000 Canadian adults suggests that this perceived decline in politeness also takes place on social media, with three-in-ten Canadians (31%) saying they deal with someone being rude and/or impolite when using social media “a few times a week.”
Only 8% of Canadians think people are “more polite” than in 2014, while 33% say the situation is “about the same” as it was five years ago.
More than 84% think “parents failing to teach their children proper behaviour” has to due with the decline over the years, while 77% blame “the influence of television and movies.”
74% cited “poor examples from celebrities, athletes and other public figures” as the reason for the shift, while 59% blamed teachers and schools.
Results from the study are based on an online study conducted from April 4 to April 7, 2019, among adults in Canada. The data carries a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.