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COVID-19 lockdown shows where Canadian couples struggle: poll

Last Updated Jun 23, 2020 at 11:38 am PDT

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Summary

Men get lower grades from their partners on cooking meals, taking care of children and keeping the home clean

Most people in a relationship, living with a partner or spouse approve of how their significant others have behaved

Almost half of Canadians who are living with a spouse or partner say the pandemic experience has made them grow closer

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Being cooped up together during COVID-19 has been tough on some couples.

Most people in a relationship, living with a partner or spouse, say they approve of how their significant others have behaved during the pandemic, according to a new online Research Co. poll.

B.C. is one of three regions, along with Ontario and Quebec, with the lowest proportion of men and women who strongly approve of their spouses or partners, says Mario Canseco, president of Research Co.

However, it seems there are certain aspects where men are faring worse than women while locked down for COVID-19.

Looking at just the “strong approval” results, men seem much happier than women with their partners.

For women, results drop with how they perceive their partners are doing with cleaning, cooking meals, and caring for the kids.

Almost half of Canadians who are living with a spouse or partner say the pandemic experience has made them grow closer as a couple.

About the same report no change in their relationship, while only six per cent say they’ve become more distant.