7 in 10 Canadians signal support for new lockdown measures if COVID-19 resurges
2020-08-04 from thegobeandmail.com
A strong majority of Canadians say they would support, or somewhat support, returning to lockdown in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
A new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail by Nanos Research found that more than seven in 10 respondents indicated some level of support for closing all but essential businesses and asking exposed Canadians to self-isolate.
“Even with the economic uncertainty, Canadians are quite receptive to a shutdown of the economy again if there was a resurgence,” pollster Nik Nanos said.
“It’s pretty clear that Canadians understand that even though we may be doing okay, this is not over.”
The survey found 50 per cent of respondents said they would support shutting down all but essential businesses, while another 23 per cent said they would somewhat support this. Conversely, one in four Canadians registered some degree of opposition, with 13 per cent opposing it and another 12 per cent somewhat opposing it. Two per cent were unsure.
Many Canadians have been insulated from the full economic effect of the pandemic because of taxpayer-funded support. Millions of Canadians have drawn on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit since April.
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