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More Canadians are following the news than before COVID-19

Last Updated Apr 3, 2020 at 4:39 pm PST

According to the Research Co. poll, 61 per cent of Canadians say they're following the news more often. (Courtesy Research Co.)
Summary

61 per cent rate similar to elections: pollster

More than half of parents finding it easy with kids at home

Canadians miss family, friends, and travel most

VANCOUVER¬†(NEWS 1130) — More Canadians are following the news these days than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new poll.

According to the Research Co. poll, 61 per cent of Canadians say they’re following the news more often.

“It’s a level of research from Canadians as far as a specific news story that we only see when there’s an election happening,” says Research Co. president Mario Canseco.

“Usually you have a level around 40 to 50 per cent of Canadians who are, sort, of religiously following the news. Now that is up to 61 per cent, so that definitely speaks to the way in which Canadians are trying to get more information about this.”

When it comes to having kids at home all day, 51 per cent of Canadians with children 14 or younger say it’s been easy.

“It’s a majority that says, ‘I can handle this,’ but it’s also a fairly sizable proportion, more than two out of five parents who say this has been very difficult for them during this stage,” Canseco adds.

As for what we’re missing during this time of physical distancing, family, friends, and travel top the list.

Another 27 per cent say they are spending more time reading books, while 30 per cent are exercising at home more often.

Among those with religious beliefs, 25 per cent say they are praying more than before.