One in five Quebecers would be a conspirator

Political decisions influenced by secret organizations that run the world, citizens monitored by government agencies, the general public kept in the dark: this is the conspiratorial worldview that 20% of Quebecers maintain during the coronavirus pandemic .

The National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ) comes to this surprising conclusion after conducting a survey of 3,300 people at the end of October.

Although Quebecers still agree with the containment measures, the study reveals that they would find it very difficult to be forced into them for another six months.

The INSPQ estimates that 20% of Quebecers have a conspiratorial vision of the world *. The proportion of conspirators would be two times lower among the most educated people compared to those with a lower level of education. Moreover, the proportion of conspirators would be significantly lower among people aged 60 and over.

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Less educated and younger conspirators

There are many very important things happening in the world that the general public is not aware of

TRUE: 40%

FALSE: 60%

Politicians usually don’t tell us what really drives their decisions

TRUE: 30 %

FALSE: 70%

Government agencies closely monitor citizens

TRUE: 19%

FALSE: 81%

Events that seemingly seemingly unrelated are often the result of covert activities

TRUE: 14%

FALSE: 86%

There are secret organizations that greatly influence political decisions

TRUE: 17%

FALSE: 83%

Percentage of conspirators by level of education

High school diploma or less: 26%

College: 20%

University: 13%

Percentage of conspirators by age category

18-24 years old: 22%

25-44 years old: 24%

45-59 years old: 23%

60 years and over: 14%

Half of young people do not avoid gatherings

The majority of Quebecers still adhere to the government’s instructions for the pandemic. Wearing a mask is also respected by 95% of them. However, young people tend to respect the rules less, and one in two say they do not avoid private gatherings.

Avoid private gatherings with multiple people I don’t live with

Always: 72%

Often: 19%

Sometimes: 6%

Never: 2%

Those who respect always the deposit by age group

18-24 years old: 53%

25-44 years old: 60%

45-59 years old: 77%

60 years and over: 84%

Wear a mask or face cover in public places when physical distancing is not possible (shops, transport, etc.)

Always: 95%

Often: 4%

Sometimes: 1%

Never: 1%

Stay two meters from my colleagues and other people at work

Always: 43%

Often: 38%

Sometimes: 16%

Never: 4%

Respect physical distancing from other people in public places.

Always: 64%

Often: 31%

Sometimes: 4%

Never: 1%

  • A quarter of those surveyed have been tested for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic (23%)
  • Almost one in ten people will not get tested even if they have symptoms (8%)

The patience of Quebecers has its limits

Half of Quebecers say that it will be very difficult for them to follow the measures recommended by the government for another six months. However, the majority of respondents believe that they can easily follow the instructions for a few more weeks.

A few more weeks:

Very easy: 62%

Neutral: 18%

Very difficult: 20%

Another 2-3 months:

Very easy: 42%

Neutral: 21%

Very difficult: 37%

Another 6 months:

Very easy: 31%

Neutral: 19%

Very difficult: 50%

Favorable to the hard line

Most Quebecers are in favor of containment measures, even the most stringent. Almost four in five people think it is a good thing that the police give recalcitrant tickets.

Proportion of respondents saying they “agree”:

  • It’s a good thing that the police can easily ticket people who don’t follow the measures to prevent COVID-19: 78%
  • It’s a good thing to stop group sports activities and to close training centers (gyms) in red zones: 66%
  • I support the obligation to wear a mask or face cover at all times for high school students: 77%
  • The border between Canada and the United States should be closed at least until Christmas: 89%

* Methodology of the conspiracy calculation

Each answer to a question is done on a scale of 0 to 10. Respondents who consider the majority of these statements to be “true” (who gave a score of more than 7 on average for each statement) can be considered to have a “conspiratorial” worldview.

Source: COVID-19 – Surveys on attitudes and behaviors of Quebec adults, data from October 23 to 28, 2020, Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)

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