Nearly half of Canadians want tighter restrictions to stop the spread of the more contagious variants of the COVID-19 virus, according to a new poll.
The Angus Reid Institute poll found 48 per cent of respondents say that their communities need tougher rules, while 28 per cent disagree. One-quarter (24 per cent) say their community has found the right balance.
More than half in B.C. (55 per cent ) said the restrictions don’t go far enough, compared with 18 per cent who said they go too far and 27 per cent who think the restrictions are about right.
It also found that as highly infectious variants of the virus, including B.1.1.7 originating in the UK, P.1 from Brazil, and B.188.8.131.52 from South Africa, have begun to spread, concern about becoming ill has returned closer to peak levels.
Now, two-thirds of Canadians (or 66 per cent) are concerned about becoming sick with COVID-19, which Angus Reid says is a four-point increase from March. A strong majority of 81 per cent worry about a friend or family member.
A third of Canadians (34 per cent) say that their mental health is poor or terrible. This rises to half among those under the age of 35, the poll found.
When it comes to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s job of handling the pandemic, it seems Canadians are divided, with 43 per cent saying he’s done a good job and 52 per cent saying he has done a poor job.
The poll also found that many Canadians are disappointed with their premiers. For example, 75 per cent of respondent in Alberta say their premier is doing a bad job, followed by 65 per cent in Ontario and 59 per cent in Manitoba.
In B.C., 55 per cent think Premier John Horgan is doing a job compared with 41 per cent who say he’s doing a bad job. British Columbians were also more likely to say B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry was doing a good job at 68 per cent than Horgan at 55 per cent. However last April Henry’s approval rating was 90 per cent.
The Angus Reid Institute poll of 1,577 Canadian adults was conducted from April 5 to April 8. It carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.