Poll: pandemic skepticism
Photo: Nicholas Johansen
Anti-lockdown protesters along Harvey Avenue in January
One-in-four residents of the B.C. Southern Interior is a pandemic skeptic, according to a new poll.
The Research Co. poll found that across B.C., 82 per cent of respondents consider COVID-19 a real threat, while 15 per cent do not and three per cent are undecided. Those figures rise in the BC Interior.
“British Columbia’s pandemic skeptics amount to a tiny minority of the population, but there are some demographic pockets where these views are slightly more common,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co.
“The group includes 18 per cent of British Columbians aged 18 to 34, 29 per cent of residents of Northern BC and 26 per cent of residents of Southern BC.”
When British Columbians are asked about the performance of specific entities to handle the COVID-19 pandemic, majorities of respondents are satisfied with the work done by the provincial government (60 per cent), municipal administrations (58 per cent) and the federal government (53 per cent). The numbers are lower for the official opposition in Victoria (32 per cent) and Ottawa (also 32 per cent).
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