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Canadians satisfied with various levels of government's responses to COVID-19: poll

Last Updated Mar 24, 2020 at 3:38 pm PDT

FILE: Canada's premiers, left to right, Sandy Silver, Yukon, Dwight Ball, Newfoundland and Labrador, Brian Pallister, Manitoba, Stephen McNeil, Nova Scotia, Doug Ford, Ontario, Scott Moe, Saskatchewan, Francois Legault, Quebec, Blaine Higgs, New Brunswick, John Horgan, British Columbia, Jason Kenney, Alberta and Joe Savikataaq, Nunavut attend a closing news conference following a meeting of Canada's premiers in Saskatoon, Sask., Thursday, July 11, 2019. Premiers of all the provinces and territories gather Monday in Toronto to try to shape a collective agenda for their relationship with the federal government, after an election that left the nation in a partisan patchwork. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Summary

Majority of Canadians share a positive view of the federal government's COVID-19 response

70 per cent are satisfied with how their provincial governments have handled the virus

B.C. is ranked number two when it comes to the way people feel about local governments

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A majority of Canadians are mostly satisfied with the response from governments amid the COVID-19 outbreak, says a local pollster.

A recent poll from Research Co. suggests about two-thirds of Canadians say they have been satisfied with the federal government’s handling of the novel coronavirus.

The poll finds 73 per cent of people aged 55 and over are more likely to see Ottawa’s efforts as positive.

And 64 per cent of those between aged 35 to 54, as well as 60 percent aged 18 to 34 shared a positive view of the federal government’s response.

“It’s not a situation where you can point to a specific group that is dissatisfied with the way things are going; they’re all happy, it’s just in very different ways,” Research Co’s Mario Canseco tells NEWS 1130.

As for all Canadians, 70 per cent are satisfied with how their provincial governments have handled the virus, while 64 per cent are satisfied with their municipal government’s reactions.

“B.C. is ranked number two when it comes to the way people feel about local governments; number one is Quebec at 84 per cent, who was one of the first areas that started to look into this issue very seriously [and] established guidelines before some other governments,” Canseco says.

He adds people the research company has spoken with have also expressed their hope to see governments around the world implement bans on “wet” markets.

“A lot of residents who are worried about the fact that it all seems to the point that the coronavirus originated in a ‘wet market’ in China, and there’s a majority who would like to see something done when it comes to wet markets now … ” he says.

Seventy-five per cent of British Columbians want to see this change.

Asked whether the Government of Canada should consider launching legal action against the People’s Republic of China on account of the COVID-19 outbreak, about 32 per cent of Canadians agreed it should, but about 50 per cent disagreed.