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).

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48%

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.

This comes despite leading officials, like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Dr. Theresa Tam, previously urging Canadians to stay at home over the festive period. 

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. 

 
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