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Pandemic has brought Canada together, pushed Americans apart, poll suggests

This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the spherical particles of the new coronavirus, colorized blue, from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. Researchers in Canada say the best early-warning system for a second wave of COVID-19 may be right beneath our feet, in the sewers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hannah A. Bullock, Azaibi Tamin/CDC via AP)

WASHINGTON — A new public opinion study suggests Canadians believe the COVID-19 crisis has brought their country together, while Americans blame the pandemic for worsening their cultural and political divide.

Two-thirds of Canadian respondents to the Pew Research Center study say Canada is more united as a result of COVID-19, while 77 per cent of U.S. participants feel the opposite is true south of the border.

A similar bilateral gap emerged when those surveyed were asked about how their respective countries responded to the emergency.

In Canada, 88 per cent of respondents said they approved of their country’s response to the novel coronavirus, compared with just 47 per cent of Americans who feel the same way about how the U.S. has responded.

(CREDIT: Pew Research Center)

The Canadian portion of the study involved 1,037 respondents across the country who were surveyed by phone between June 15 and July 27, and the American section had 1,003 U.S. participants who took part between June 16 and July 14.

Both components of the survey carry a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 27, 2020.

The Canadian Press