OTTAWA – Canadians overwhelmingly support the idea of ​​requiring vaccine passports for admission to public places such as restaurants, bars and gyms, a new poll suggests.

78% of respondents to the Léger survey said they strongly (56%) or somewhat (22%) support requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to visit non-essential public places where many people are. generally gather, including hall concerts and parties.

Only 13 percent said they strongly opposed a requirement for proof of vaccination, variations of which are being introduced by provincial governments across the country. Nine percent said they were somewhat opposed.

Support ranged from a low of 70 percent in the Atlantic provinces to a high of 86 percent in British Columbia. Eighty-one percent of Alberta respondents also supported the move, although their province was the most reluctant to adopt a vaccine passport system.

The survey of 1,537 Canadians was conducted from September 24 to 26, as the health systems of Alberta and Saskatchewan were overwhelmed by soaring cases of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The online survey cannot be given a margin of error, as Internet surveys are not considered random samples.

Seventy-four percent of those polled said governments shouldn’t lift all public health restrictions now. Only 18 percent supported their lift.

Opposition to relaxing public health orders included 76% of those polled in Alberta, where Premier Jason Kenney lifted most restrictions over the summer, only to then reimpose some recently as the fourth wave of the pandemic swept through the province.

Unsurprisingly, given their provinces’ struggles with the fourth wave of the pandemic, Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe ranked lowest among provincial premiers in their handling of the health crisis.

At least 80 percent of respondents from Alberta said they were very or somewhat dissatisfied with Kenney’s performance, and 74 percent of respondents from Saskatchewan felt the same about Moe.

In contrast, 74 percent of Quebec respondents said they were satisfied with Premier François Legault’s management of the pandemic, 61 percent of British Columbians were satisfied with Premier John Horgan and 52 percent of Ontarians were satisfied with the performance of Premier Doug Ford.

Fifty-seven percent nationally said they were satisfied with the federal government’s handling of the pandemic, while 61 percent expressed satisfaction with their municipal governments.

Respondents were divided over the state of the pandemic in Canada, with 39% saying they thought the worst was over, 22% saying we were currently in the worst time of the crisis and 21% saying the worst was. yet to come. to come. Nineteen percent did not know.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 2, 2021.

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