Canadians optimistic about this year’s holidays, but still plan to take precautions: poll

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Most Canadians feel the second holiday season spent under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic will be better than the first, a new survey suggests – although many will still be taking steps to keep themselves safe.

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An Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Granthshala News found that 66 percent of respondents were optimistic about the upcoming holidays compared to 2020, though only 44 percent said the season would feel “normal” again .

Optimism can be linked to people’s willingness to regroup with family and friends. But while the survey shows that seven in 10 Canadians will be opening their homes to loved ones this year, it also shows that Canadians are taking precautions: 54 percent said they’d like to check their vaccination status before letting people in. Will ask about


Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, said, “What it’s showing is that people are enthusiastic because they want to manage their environment and the people moving in and out of their homes primarily because of vaccines.” Feel more confident in the ability.”

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There is also a divide among Canadians who want to see more friends and family: 33 percent said they would do so independently without capacity limits, while 38 percent said they would only get along with extended family members.

As far as those large groups are concerned, only 36 percent agree they are ready to go on with their usual holiday traditions this year.

That number fell to 21 percent among older Canadians aged 55 and older, with 70 percent of whom also said they would ask their family and friends about their vaccination status.

The survey earlier this month surveyed more than 1,000 Canadians across the country online.

It also shows that women are taking more precautions during the holidays than men. While 39 percent of the men who responded said they plan to freely gather with friends and family, only 28 percent of the women said the same.

Overall, says Bricker, Canadians’ continued caution around the holidays reflects a trend that has been seen throughout the pandemic.

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“Canadians have really taken a very systematic approach to administering the vaccine and managing the COVID pandemic,” he said.

“The interesting part is that they are incorporating not only what they are being asked to do, how they behave themselves, they also use it as a mechanism to be able to manage their wider social interactions. are in use.”

Optimism about the holidays also varied across the country. Quebec saw the majority agree that the year will be better than 2020, with 71 percent support.

The survey also shows that 77 percent of Quebecers want to regroup with family and friends in some form – possibly a sign respondents remember the strict circuit breaker measures last winter that prevented similar gatherings. Were.

“If you want to have a great time and meet family and friends this holiday season, Quebec is a great place to be,” Bricker said.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba at least agreed that this holiday would be better, with only 57 percent saying so, a possible reflection of the ongoing strain on health care systems in those provinces because of COVID-19.

worry about spending

Canadians may be more looking forward to the holidays, but surveys show that confidence wanes when asked about holiday spending.

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Forty percent of respondents said they are concerned about going in their head financially, with this number rising to 57 percent among Canadians aged 18 to 34.

Additionally, nearly half (46 percent) of those surveyed said they worried they might not have enough money to buy holiday gifts for family or loved ones. Twenty Per said they are “very concerned.”

The survey also shows that half of Canadians will be cautious about how much they spend on gifts and celebrations this year and will spend less than usual. Only six percent said they would “go out completely” and spend more.

Bricker said, “It’s not surprising because all the research we’re doing right now is showing that inflation is skyrocketing as an issue …[and]people who care about it in the Canadian population.” What I’m most concerned about are young Canadians.”

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These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted by Granthshala News from November 12 to 15, 2021. For this survey, a sample of 1,001 Canadians aged 18+ were interviewed. Quotas and weighting were employed to ensure that the composition of the sample reflects the population of Canada according to census standards. The accuracy of the Ipsos Online Poll is measured using a reliability interval. In this case, the survey is accurate to within ±3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20 if all Canadians aged 18+ were polled. The reliability interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and surveys may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to, coverage error, and measurement error.

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