Nearly three-quarters of Canadians approve a new federal policy requiring all travelers to prove that they are fully vaccinated before they can board planes, trains and ships, according to a new poll from Mainstreet Research.
The policy takes effect on Saturdays.
Ottawa has said it allows a “short transition period” during which travelers who have only received a single dose can instead have a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours. their departure.
It takes longer to get the results of PCR tests, but they are more reliable.
“If travelers have not yet started the vaccination process, or do not start soon, they may not qualify for travel from November 30,” said an Transport Canada press release noted.
Just over 65 percent of those surveyed said they “strongly agree” with the vaccine requirement, while just over eight percent “tend to agree”.
About 18% of respondents “strongly disagree” with the policy, while 6% “strongly disagree”.
The survey of 1,711 Canadians was conducted on October 23-24 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percent with a 95 percent confidence level.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the demand a centerpiece of the Liberal election campaign and officially announced the policy on October 6.
Broken down by federal voting intentions, Conservative voters are by far the least likely to agree with the policy: About 47 percent support it, while just under 28 percent say they are strongly opposed.
Over 80 percent of Liberal, NDP and Bloc voters approve of the policy.
While 70 percent of women support it, only 60 percent of men do.
Just over 18% of men “totally disagree” with it, compared to just under 15% of women.
Support for politics is strongest among Canadians 65 and older, while support is declining among younger people.
Almost 85% of people 65 and over say they “totally agree” with politics. Support drops to 74% for Canadians aged 50 to 64.
Support falls even further in the 35-49 age group – to 57% – and then falls further in the 18-34 age group, to 52%.
About two-thirds of those polled say the new policy will not affect their travel plans, compared to one-third who say it will.
The overall results reflect partisan divisions. The responses of Liberal, Conservative and Bloc voters correspond to the overall totals.
NDP voters, however, are less likely to say the politics will affect their travel plans. Just over 77 percent of NDP voters say it will have no effect, compared to just under 23 percent who say it will.