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Canadians are more likely than Americans to snitch on each other for violating pandemic orders

People living in Canada are finally getting the message about the importance of social distancing and staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19, and it seems many are also more than willing to tattle on those who aren't playing by the rules. 

According to the new COVID-19 Tracking Survey Results conducted by Leger, Canadians are not only more than willing to snitch on one another for endangering themselves and others amid the pandemic — they're also far more willing to do so than those living south of the border. 

The survey indicates that 40 per cent of Canadians polled said they "intend to report to the authorities any behaviour that goes against the measures put in place to fight COVID-19," while only 27 per cent of Americans said they do. 

On the other hand, 23 per cent of Canadians said they don't intend to report others while 46 per cent of Americans said the same.

And while this may have something to do with the fact that many provinces have actually encouraged residents to report those who aren't following the rules, the results aren't unanimous across the country. 

The survey suggests that those living in Atlantic Canada are the most likely to report others to the authorities, with 50 per cent of respondents saying they would. 

Quebec follows closely behind with 48 per cent of people responding "yes," while 45 per cent of people in Manitoba/Saskatchewan said they'd report, 37 per cent of those in Ontario said the same, 35 per cent in Alberta and just 32 per cent in B.C.

The survey also found that Canadians are far more concerned about how the current situation in the United States will impact the propagation of the virus in Canada. 

While a total of 65 per cent of Canadian respondents said they were concerned about this issue, only 19 per cent of Americans said they felt the same way.

The survey polled 1,508 Canadians and 1,012 Americans aged 18 years or older using computer-assisted web interviewing technology between April 9 and April 12.

Using data from the 2016 Census, results were weighted according to gender, age, mother tongue, region, education level and presence of children in the household in order to ensure a representative sample of the population.

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