Despite pleas from public health officials, a new survey has found that almost 50% of Canadians visited friends and family away from home during the festive period.
Per the Leger/Association for Canadian Studies poll, 34% of Canadians said they visited family/friends who live outside their home rarely (once), while 12% said they did so occasionally (2-3 times).
Of polled Canadians visited others
In addition, 2% of those surveyed said they left home to visit friends and family “often” (more than three times).
In total, that means 48% of those polled spent time with others outside their own household, while 52% said they did not visit anybody else during the holidays.
The poll, which was posted on January 5, was one of several COVID-19 related surveys shared by Leger on the same date.
Their research also revealed that Canadians’ overall satisfaction with the government’s COVID-19 measures has reached its lowest point since March 2020, with just 62% claiming to be satisfied.
In addition, 62% of the people polled say they’re “not confident” that Canada will be able to limit the spread of COVID-19 over the next few weeks.
The surveys were carried out between December 30, 2020 and January 3, 2021 and involved over 1,500 Canadians.