Young people in Canada are most nervous as provinces reopen
The survey found that 43 per cent of Canadians aged 18-24 thought their provinces were moving too fast. In comparison, only a quarter of senior citizens (aged 65+) felt that provincial governments were reopening from lockdown too early.
Generally, the survey found that the younger a person is, the more likely they are to believe that things in their province are moving too quickly.
Our new survey data found that while 56% of Canadians believe the pace and timing of their province’s re-opening is ‘just right,’ a substantial number of Canadians say their province is opening too quickly. Read the report here: https://t.co/8jdQKn4q1G #HKinsights— H+K Canada (@hk_canada) May 25, 2020
Research author Elliott Gauthier called the findings "noteworthy" given the widespread reports of younger people being less compliant with physical distancing measures.
Footage of young Canadians lounging in parks or partying in the streets has been circulating on social media since March, lending fuel to the fire that they're flouting social distancing rules.
The survey results, however, suggest that young people are more eager than their elders to remain indoors.
Last week, Kingston Police, Public Health and Queen’s University urged students not to attend St. Patricks Day parties. Today, the university district streets are filled with students- many telling me they aren't afraid of COVID-19. @CKWS_TV #ygk pic.twitter.com/5ZPQlUl9fk— Kraig Krause (@KrauseKraig) March 14, 2020
The fact that Canadian senior citizens are more comfortable with provinces lifting lockdown restrictions is equally surprising, given that they're also more likely to suffer serious health complications if they contract the virus.
"Ultimately, for both groups, this correlates to the degree of trust they have in government institutions," Gauthier said. "The older you are, the more likely you are to trust in your government's plan."
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The exact breakdown of Canadians that said their province was opening too quickly is as follows:
Overall, the survey found that 56 per cent of Canadians believe that the pace their provinces are reopening at is "just right," with Atlantic Canadians and British Columbians showing the most faith in their governments' plans.
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