Citizen poll reflects national poll results

The Prince George Citizen and Léger, the largest Canadian-owned polling and market research firm, and the Association of Canadian Studies had the same idea and asked people if they were in favour of a lockdown (Citizen poll) and curfew (Léger poll) to help flatten the curve of the number people who have COVID-19.

In the Citizen's unscientific poll, 43 per cent and 862 people said "Yes, time to flatten the curve again," while in the national poll 65 per cent of people said they'd support curfews in their province if ordered by provincial health officers.

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Léger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said the results suggest Canadians "want to do their part and will stand by their governments" in efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. But it also suggests provinces "need to sell this thing (curfews) if they want to make it work."

In the Citizen poll, "No, the restrictions currently in effect are good enough" tied for second place (23 per cent and 459 votes) with "Yes, before hospitals are overwhelmed" (23 per cent  and 457 votes).

The Citizen poll's least popular answer was "No, the curve will flatten as vaccinations increase" with 11 per cent and 224 votes.

There were 2,002 total votes for the Citizen poll. Remember this is not a scientific poll.

The Léger poll asked about people's mental health to find 21 per cent rated their mental health as bad or very bad, which is up eight points since April when COVID first hit. For the option of mental health being excellent or very good the result was 32 per cent, down only 3 per cent since April.

The Léger poll said 59 per recent of people who participated are very afraid or somewhat afraid of contracting COVID and those numbers have not changed since April.

Seventy-one per cent of respondents said they intend to get vaccinated against the coronavirus when a vaccine becomes available to them.

Forty-seven per cent of respondents said they'll take the first vaccine available to them, while 27 per cent said they'll wait for other vaccines to become available. Another 11 per cent said they won't take any vaccine and 15 per cent didn't know what they'll do.

The poll of 1,516 Canadians was conducted Jan. 15 to 18.

The next Citizen poll question asks "Should Mayor Lyn Hall resign due to the $22 million cost overrun to build the George Street parkade?"

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