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Canadians find COVID response vastly superior to U.S. handling of virus: poll

Last Updated Apr 28, 2020 at 6:57 pm PDT

FILE - Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen in Surrey, B.C., on March 26, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Canadians believe we're doing a much better job than other countries in handling the outbreak

A poll suggests three-quarters of Canadians believe we are vastly superior to our neighbours to the south

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — As the pandemic continues, a poll finds many Canadians are critical of the way things have been handled in the U.S.

About 74 per cent of Canadians believe Canada has been doing a much better job compared to the U.S, according to a poll published by Research Co.

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“It is definitely a high number you know when you compare it to some of the other countries that we test that there is 69 per cent of Canadians who believe that we have done better than Italy, 62 per cent who feel that we’ve done better than Spain, and also 53 per cent who feel that we’ve done better than the United Kingdom or France,” Research Co president Mario Canseco says.

Canseco adds, “There’s a sense also from Canadians that we’re doing things in a similar fashion to what is being observed in Germany, Japan and South Korea. There is only about a third of Canadians who believe that we’re doing better than they are.”

The poll has also found Canadians aged 55 and over appear to be particularly critical of the United States.

Canseco adds the study found political allegiance does not seem to play a role in the way Canadians feel about the handling of the virus.

“It’s not something that is geared towards specific political allegiance. We have very high numbers of New Democrats and liberals of 78 per cent, and also 69 per cent of conservatives who believe that the federal government has handled the COVID-19 pandemic better than what has been observed in the United States.”