Over 60% Of Canadians Are In Favour Of Closing The US Border Again Due To Omicron Variant

But Americans aren't as keen on the idea.

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Over 60% Of Canadians Are In Favour Of Closing The US Border Again Due To Omicron Variant

According to a recent survey, the majority of Canadians polled want to strengthen certain public health measures across the country now that the Omicron variant has reared its ugly head — but their American counterparts aren't quite as enthusiastic about it.

Leger's North American Tracker survey revealed Canadian and American perspectives on the COVID-19 Omicron variant, and it looks like the two countries aren't totally unanimous on their ideas about the border.

The survey polled 1,547 Canadians and 1,004 Americans between December 3 to December 5, 2021, and the results showed that 65% of Canadians think that the border between the Great White North and our neighbours to the south should be closed for a period of time due to the Omicron variant.

On the other hand, only 57% of Americans think the Canada-U.S. border should be closed.

But that's not the only thing respondents were asked to weigh in on.

According to Leger, Canadians (78%) are more in favour of the government speeding up plans for third doses or booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine for certain groups than Americans are (63%).

When it comes to mandatory vaccination for everyone (except babies and those with medical exemptions) in the country, 64% of Canadians are for it, while less than 49% of Americans support it.

In somewhat grimmer news, while both 38% of Canadian and American polling participants think the worst of the crisis is behind us, 21% of Canadians think the worst is yet to come, as do 27% of Americans.

And in terms of lifting all COVID-19 restrictions entirely, 32% of American respondents support it while only 18% of those from Canada are for it.

As for what Canadians are thinking for this holiday season, 60% of Canadians say they won't have unvaccinated family and friends over for festivities in an earlier survey in November.

Also, just 32% of Canadian respondents said they would accept an invitation to a holiday gathering if there were unvaccinated people there.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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