Canadians are largely in favour of adapting new measures to curb the spread of the newly-discovered Omicron COVID-19 variant, according to a recent online survey conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies.
The survey, which collected opinions from 1,547 Canadians and 1,004 Americans from Dec. 3-5, 2021, reports that 65 per cent of Canadians think the Canada-U.S. borders should be closed for a period of time to present Omicron from spreading.
Canadians are also largely in favour of going back to mandatory testing for all travellers coming to Canada, with 87 per cent voting in favour of the measure.
More than four in five respondents said they support closing the Canadian border to travellers coming from specific countries where the variant is present.
On the topic of re-introducing social distancing guidelines and temporary lockdowns, 68 per cent of Canadians voted in favour of doing so.
Additionally, Canadians (78 per cent) are more in favour than Americans (63 per cent) of their government accelerating plans to introduce a booster/third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for certain populations.
As well: 64 per cent of Canadians think that COVID-19 vaccination should become mandatory for all residents of their country given the Omicron variant.
Home for the holidays
The survey also touches on intentions to travel this holiday season or winter and 87 per cent of respondents said “no.”
The variant’s impact on travel is also covered as 63 per cent of Canadians said they will stick to their original travel plans despite Omicron fears, whereas 37 per cent said they will cancel their travel plans and stay in Canada.
At the same time, 87 per cent of Canadians “strongly support” the idea of Canada having a vaccine passport.
The worst behind us?
The Leger poll sought to gauge the opinions of Canadians on the development of the crisis.
In this regard, 38 per cent of Canadians believe that the worst of the crisis is behind us; 18% (17 per cent) believe that we are currently living through the worst of the crisis while 21% (17 per cent) thinks the worst is yet to come.
To download the survey results, click here.
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