December 2020 Newsletter

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December 2020, Issue: 28

December 2020 edition of the Probit newsletter

Dear member of the Probit research panel:

While we continue to develop and carry out new studies, we would like to share some of our recent results with you – our panel. In particular, we would like to share some of our recent results we collected about our panel members’ approval ratings of government agencies that are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Panel members were also asked whether they think Canada did a better or worse job of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic than other countries.


Your views

In keeping with the results of our last newsletter, more than half of Canadians approve of how the Government of Canada, their provincial government, and the Public Health Agency of Canada are handling the pandemic. In contrast, less than half (48 per cent) approve of how their municipal government is handling the pandemic, while more than a quarter (27 per cent) neither approve nor disapprove. Similarly, only a quarter (25 per cent) approve of how their financial institution is handling the pandemic, while more than a third (39 per cent) neither approve nor disapprove.

Chart - All things considered, how strongly do you approve or disapprove of how each of the following is handling the COVID-19 pandemic?

Of those who approve of how the Government of Canada is handling the pandemic, two thirds (67 per cent) are university educated and are willing to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Similarly, a majority (64 per cent) of those who were middle class 10 years ago, with a medium risk index and a public union membership approve. In contrast, of those who disapprove, less than a third (32 per cent) are between the ages of 35 and 49 with a college education. Similarly, less than half (43 per cent) of Indigenous respondents and working class Canadians disapprove.

Chart - All things considered, how strongly do you approve or disapprove of how the government of Canada is handling the COVID-19 pandemic?

Of those who approve of how their provincial government is handling the pandemic, more than half (54 per cent) are willing to receive the Pfizer vaccine, have a high compliance / safe behaviour index, and a good physical rating. In contrast, of those who disapprove, less than half (42 per cent) are Ontarians who live in an urban area with fair mental health rating. Similarly, less than half (44 per cent) of those with poor mental health and physical health ratings disapprove. The compliance / safe behaviour index is a scale that tallies the “safe behaviour” measures in which each respondent engages to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks and physical distancing from others.

Chart - All things considered, how strongly do you approve or disapprove of how your provincial government is handling the COVID-19 pandemic?

Of those who approve of how the Public Health Agency of Canada is handling the pandemic, two thirds (66 per cent) are women and wear a mask. Similarly, a majority (70 per cent) of those willing to receive the Pfizer vaccine, with a high compliance / safe behaviour index and a medium risk index approve. In contrast, of those who disapprove, less than a third (32 per cent) are Indigenous. Similarly, nearly the same number (28 per cent) of those between the ages of 35 and 49 (27 per cent) and  of those who live in rural communities disapprove.

Chart - All things considered, how strongly do you approve or disapprove of how the public health agency is handling the COVID-19 pandemic?

Of those who approve of how their municipal government is handling the pandemic, more than half (55 per cent) are older than 65 years of age, middle class, behave safely, and are knowledgeable of the Pfizer vaccine. In contrast, of those who disapprove, less than a third (29 per cent) are working class and have a low compliance / safe behaviour index.

Chart - All things considered, how strongly do you approve or disapprove of how your municipal government is handling the COVID-19 pandemic?

Of those who approve of how the financial institutions are handling the pandemic, the same number (28 per cent) are of those with a high compliance / safe behaviour index and are in good mental health. Nearly the same number (29 per cent) are in good physical health, and (32 per cent) are first generation Canadians. Similarly, nearly the same number (35 per cent) of those from Atlantic Canada (38 per cent) and of those who are more likely to behave safely with knowledge of the Pfizer vaccine approve. In contrast, of those who disapprove, less than a third (27 per cent) are men from Ontario. The same number (29 per cent) of those under the age of 35 with a high risk index, who are unwilling to receive the Pfizer vaccine, and with poor physical health disapprove. Nearly the same numbers of those of working class (32 per cent) and with bad mental health (30 per cent) disapprove.

Chart - All things considered, how strongly do you approve or disapprove of how the financial institutions are handling the COVID-19 pandemic?

When our panel members were asked whether the Government of Canada does a better or worse job of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic than other countries, a majority (82 per cent) say Canada does a better job than the United States, followed by Italy at 51 per cent, the United Kingdom at 50 per cent, France at 39 per cent, China at 26 per cent, and lastly New Zealand at seven per cent.

Chart - All things considered, would you say the Government of Canada does a better job or a worse job of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic than each of the following countries?


Congratulations to our Prize Winners!

We would like to congratulate the winners of our most recent draws, all of whom won cash prizes by taking part in our surveys.

  • G. B. – $250 cash
  • J. D. – $250 cash
  • P. M. – $250 cash
  • Anita Acai – $250 cash

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