More than half of Quebecers say they are anxious when they find themselves in public places due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This is what emerges from a survey conducted by the Institut de la statistique du Québec published Tuesday.
The many questions addressed by the government body show that Quebecers are concerned about the state of the pandemic in the province.
The majority of them (70%) believe that it would be dangerous for them to catch COVID, the same proportion say they are worried about transmitting it to people around them and 75% of those questioned say fear of a loved one because of the virus.
However, the wearing of a face cover no longer seems to be questioned by the population. Nearly 95% of respondents to the INSPQ survey say they have “always” applied the measure for the period from December 25, 2020 to January 6, 2021.
Conversely, the measure that garners the least support is the use of telework. No less than 46% of respondents say they “never” apply it, while only 32% do so “always”.
The morale of Quebecers has also been visibly affected by the latest reports of COVID-19. Thus, only 11% of respondents to the INSPQ survey believe that “the worst of the crisis is behind us”, a low not seen since the start of these soundings. In contrast, 54% of those polled believe that “we are currently experiencing the worst of the crisis”.
And if the measures were to continue for another six months, 54% of respondents say that it would be “very difficult” to follow them against only 27% for whom it would be “very easy”.
In addition, 74% of those questioned say they want to be vaccinated when possible, against 15% who do not want it and 11% who do not know. Note, the proportion of people ready to be vaccinated increases with age. Thus, 89% of people aged 60 and over want to receive the vaccine against COVID-19 while this figure is only 62% for individuals aged 18 to 40 years.
Some 6,600 Quebec adults have responded to web surveys conducted by the INSPQ every two weeks since last July. The questionnaire of approximately 60 questions is adjusted according to the evolution of the pandemic and the measures recommended by the authorities, specifies the organization on its website.