A large number of Canadians feel people who have been fully vaccinated should have greater freedoms than those who are not. They also say that visitors from the United States should be fully immunized.
A recent online survey conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies showed that 66% of Canadians think that to enter their country from the United States, travellers should need to be fully vaccinated (two doses). Federal officials announced the border with the United States will open August 9.
The Leger poll explored whether Canadians feel the borders should be completely reopened, whether they support incentive programs like vaccine lotteries to encourage vaccination and whether they support imposing vaccine passports.
Poll data suggests 48 per cent of Canadians support the total reopening of the Canada-U.S. border at the end of August, including to tourists, while 52 per cent say they oppose the reopening.
There has also been some public debate on how Canadians who are vaccinated and unvaccinated should be treated as things begin to reopen.
According to the survey, more than 6 in 10 respondents believe that those who have been fully immunized should have greater freedoms. Around 66% said it is the responsibility of all Canadians who are medically able to get vaccinated against the coronavirus to do so. They also felt that Canadians who get vaccinated should have greater freedoms than those who are not vaccinated
Around 58% of those surveyed support imposing a vaccine passport for all essential and non-essential activities, while 30% said it was not necessary.
A large majority, 81%, think receiving a COVID-19 vaccine should be mandatory for all health care professionals and employees of hospitals and other health care facilities.
According to the poll 50% of Canadians also support using incentive programs like vaccine lotteries to encourage people to get vaccinated.
When asked if they would be comfortable participating in activities with unvaccinated people, responses varied according to the situation. The survey suggests that 73% of respondents are comfortable attending an outdoor gathering with family/friends; 72% eating on a patio/terrace and 65% attending an outdoor show/event. The comfort level was markedly lower in indoor settings with 56% being comfortable with unvaccinated people in the workplace and 51% with indoor dining.
Less than half were okay with in-person classes (48%), spa/beauty salon (47%), cinema/theatre (45%) and indoor shows/sporting events (41%)
The web survey was conducted from July 16 to 18 with 1,529 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based surveys are not considered random samples.