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Most of us… believe the COVID-19 situation will get worse

Despite being satisfied with the federal government’s response to COVID-19, most Canadians believe the situation will not be improve any time soon.

These sentiments were recorded in a recent Nanos Research poll commissioned for The Globe and Mail and CTV News. Survey results showed that 67 per cent of respondents believe the conditions in their community will worsen while 17 per cent said they felt things would get better and 10 per cent said it would stay the same.

Individuals who frequently checked the news and those living in households with five or more people were be more pessimistic.

But the majority of Canadians said the Trudeau government’s action towards the pandemic have been ‘very good’ (22 per cent) or ‘good’ (40 per cent).  Respondents reporting the highest rate of approval were residents of Atlantic Canada at 48 per cent. Quebeckers showed the least amount of support at 16 per cent.

Naturally, as most Canadians anticipate the public health crisis getting worse, they’ve expressed a number of worries associated with COVID-19.

More than 60 per cent of Canadians said their neighbours were worried or somewhat worried about losing their jobs. Two thirds said their neighbours are worried (33 per cent) or somewhat worried (32 per cent) about paying their bills.

The region reporting the highest level of financial concern was the Prairies. Sixty-eight per cent of their residents expressed worries about job loss with 72 per cent who had anxiety over money matters in general.