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Every week, we survey Canadians and Americans to explore their perspectives on COVID-19 and other current events. To help you stay up to date, we are sharing our latest results.

This survey is conducted using our representative LEO (Leger Opinion) panel, in partnership with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), and published in The Canadian Press.

Here’s what you need to know this week.
IN THE NEWS

PROTESTS AND REMOVING HISTORICAL MONUMENTS 
  • 45% of Canadians and 46% of Americans believe that the protests in their respective countries calling for an end to racial inequality will not lead to meaningful changes.
  • 50% of Canadians and 44% of Americans oppose removing statues/monuments from public spaces of politicians who have demonstrably harboured racist views or implemented racist policies.
IN THE NEWS

BACK TO SCHOOL
  • 52% of Canadians think children should be going back to school in person, while 48% of Americans think they should not.
  • If children go back to physical classrooms for in-person learning, 47% of Canadians think that the children’s families are most at risk. Among Americans, 26% think the children’s families are most at risk, 25% think the children themselves are most at risk, and 23% think the teachers are most at risk.
US ELECTIONS
  • 69% of Canadians and 41% of Americans think that electing Donald Trump president will worsen relations between Canada and the United States. In contrast, 65% of Canadians and 44% of Americans think that relations between the two countries will improve if Joe Biden is elected president.
COVID-19
  • When asked which actions should be prioritized to control the increase in the spread of COVID-19, over one-third of Canadians (35%) say that public safety measures that severely limit group sizes and close certain businesses should be re-imposed. A similar proportion of Americans (36%) say that always wearing a mask outside of one’s home should be made mandatory.
VIEW THE SURVEY RESULTS