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Three Quarters Of Ontarians Think Adamson Barbecue Shouldn't Have Defied Orders

A new study says a third of Ontarians want even harsher lockdown restrictions right now.

The majority of Ontarians do not support Etobicoke's Adamson Barbecue — and owner Adam Skelly's decision to re-open their restaurant — according to a new study.

The Toronto Star and Campaign Research polled 1,001 Ontarians, 76% of whom said they "somewhat" or "strongly" opposed Skelly's defiance of public health orders.

Almost two-thirds of respondents (64%) said they "strongly oppose" the restaurant owner's decision in the poll, which was conducted between December 1 and December 3.

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76% Percentage of surveyed Ontarians who don't support Adam Skelly

The largest demographic in support of Skelly was men aged 18-34. 24% of those respondents were in favour of his decision to re-open.

Only 5% of people said they were unsure whether they supported the decision or not.

Almost 90% of Ontarians had heard of Adam Skelly and Adamson Barbecue, which made headlines in November after Skelly re-opened his restaurant for indoor dining despite provincial COVID-19 regulations.

Skelly was eventually arrested and charged by Toronto Police.

The poll also showed that Ontarians are mostly content with the current lockdown restrictions.

More than 75% of respondents agreed with the government's decision to implement lockdowns in Toronto and Peel Region.

But 34% of respondents wanted to see even harsher stay-at-home requirements and closed schools.

Only 20% of people who answered the survey disagreed with the current restrictions.