Poll suggests B.C. residents less likely to follow all restrictions

The Insights West survey found only 34 per cent of B.C. residents claim they are following all of the rules all of the time. The pollsters say that is 14 points to 22 points lower than other provinces.

Tiffany Crawford February 19, 2021

B.C. residents are less likely to follow COVID-19 public health orders than their counterparts in other provinces, according to a poll releasedFriday.

The Insights West survey found only 34 per cent of B.C. residents say they are following all of the rules all of the time. The pollsters say that is 14 points to 22 points lower than in other regions.

Instead, more British Columbians (48 per cent compared to between 24 per cent and 36 per cent in other regions) are following the restrictions only “nearly all the time.”

Overall, only about half (48 per cent) of Canadians polled claim to be following all of the rules, and the remainder are breaking the rules either all or some of the time.

The survey found 36 per cent of respondents follow nearly all of the rules nearly all of the time, while only eight per cent are following them most of the time, and seven per cent follow them rarely or never.

Insights West asked respondents about their plans for spring break in March. What they found was that a concerning number of Canadians plan on breaking the rules set out by their provincial governments.

Only 37 per cent said they will “definitely not” or “probably not” do any of them.

Half of Canadians polled are considering having an indoor visit with family members or friends outside of their immediate household during the spring break period.

Thirty per cent are planning to drive to a vacation destination, while 28 per cent plan to stay in a hotel or vacation property.

Other findings are that 19 per cent are planning to take a flight within their province and 18 per cent are jetting off somewhere in Canada. Sixteen per cent plan to head off somewhere outside of Canada.

Insights West compiled a list of eight possible reasons that some Canadians are not following the rules and regulations all of the time and found ranging levels of agreement that help us understand some of the underlying motivators for breaking the rules.

Thirty-nine per cent feel they can break the rules occasionally because they keep their bubble small and still feel like they are doing the right thing, while 34 per cent say they are careful when they break the rules.

Pandemic fatigue is also a factor, with 32 per cent citing a need to stay mentally healthy as a reason they break rules.  Twenty-eight per cent say they are tired of the all the rules and recommendations, so they feel it is OK to bend them.

Other reasons include confusion over the rules and believing they are unnecessary.

The online survey was conducted from Feb. 3 to Feb. 7 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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