7 in 10 Canadians blame China for COVID-19 pandemic but reject the term “Chinese virus” – poll

More than seven-in-ten Canadians blame China for the COVID-19 outbreak, but a similar number oppose referring to the novel coronavirus as the “Chinese virus”, a new Research Co. survey has found.

The tracking poll found that 72% think the Government of the People’s Republic of China should take responsibility for its role in the COVID-19 outbreak[1]https://researchco.ca/2020/05/19/canada-governments-covid19/ – a six percentage point increase compared to March[2]https://researchco.ca/2020/03/24/covid-19-governments/.

People in Canada are clear that it’s the Chinese government and not the Chinese people who should shoulder the blame.

Three-in-four Canadians (75%, +14) consider it unacceptable to refer to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” or “Chinese flu”. This includes majorities of Canadians who voted for the New Democrats (83%), the Liberals (77%) and the Conservatives (66%) in the 2019 federal election.

Slightly more than three-in-ten Canadians (31%) agree with the Government of Canada considering legal action against the People’s Republic of China on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, while practically half (49%) disagree.

Meanwhile, almost seven-in-ten (69%) Canadians are content with the way the federal government has managed the COVID-19 pandemic, but the approval rating for two provincial administrations has fallen markedly since April, the survey shows.

“The numbers have been extremely consistent for the federal government as the COVID-19 pandemic continues,” Mario Canseco, President of Research Co., said. “It is also worth noting that majorities of Canadians who voted for the Liberals (86%), the New Democrats (72%) and the Conservatives (54%) last year remain pleased with Ottawa’s work on this file.”

But Quebecers and Ontarians appear to be losing faith in their provincial governments.

The approval rating for François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec administration in Quebec has fallen 22-percentage points from 88% in April to 66%. Quebec has recorded the highest number of cases (44,197) and deaths (3,647) in Canada[3]https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html?topic=tilelink.

The approval for Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative administration in Ontario dropped 15 percentage points from 78% in April to 63%. Ontario has recorded 23,774 cases with 1,962 deaths.

The numbers are remaining stable for the provincial governments of British Columbia (from 72% in April to 69% this month) and Alberta (from 57% in April to 56% this month).

Canadians want to take it slow when it comes to reopening the economy.
Across the country, 64% of Canadians believe we should reopen the economy slowly and ensure that COVID-19 infection rates remain low, the survey found. Conversely, 29% of Canadians think we should reopen the economy quickly and ensure that no more jobs are lost due to COVID-19.

The poll results are based on an online study conducted from May 11 to May 13, 2020, among 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error – which measures sample variability – is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

References   [ + ]

1. https://researchco.ca/2020/05/19/canada-governments-covid19/
2. https://researchco.ca/2020/03/24/covid-19-governments/
3. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html?topic=tilelink

5 Responses to 7 in 10 Canadians blame China for COVID-19 pandemic but reject the term “Chinese virus” – poll

  1. Anonymous says:

    Canadians are fucken stupid. China virus is china virus cuz those bat eating virus making greedy bastards made and spread the china virus deliberately. Watch what happens in 4 years, stupid canadians will have forgotten that trudeau refused to close the border and allowed the china virus into canada, and vote that cocksucker into office for a 3rd term.

    • Ryan Campbell says:

      You aren’t exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer yourself, are you? Really mad though…

      Trump closed the border to China – how’d that work out, do you know? – but he didn’t prioritize testing or contact tracing. That’s why the US currently has 120 deaths per capita more than Canada. Trudeau prioritized the right things, and most important he shut the hell up and let doctors call the shots.

      And yeah, we’re probably gonna vote him back in, the Conservative Party is an absolute mess of angry yahoos. Trudeau’s fondness for sucking cocks doesn’t really matter to anyone but yourself I’m afraid.

  2. Rusty says:

    Look at tradition. Virus(s) have always almost always been called where they come from. The CCP should not get a pass on this one. This cannot be a wasted lesson neither.

  3. Winston S. says:

    As a Chinese-descent, I have absolutely no problem calling the virus after the location of where it originated, like “Wuhan flu” or “CCP virus”. Call it for what it is. Don’t be surprised if there’s another disease coming out of China in the future (wet markets are spawning grounds for diseases).

    Were the Germans upset when we called rubella “German measles”? Were the Spaniards upset when we called the 1918 pandemic “The Spanish flu” (even though it may not have come from Spain)? How about Lyme disease? West Nile? Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Zika (from Zika Forest in Uganda), Ebola (Ebola River in Congo), Japanese Encephalitis, Hong Kong foot, Rocky Mountain spotted fever…

  4. Melinda says:

    The very notion that it’s racist to call the virus Chinese virus just points to the fact that folks don’t understand what’s happening in Asia, and conflate racism with geopolitics. Let’s be clear racists use the situation to exercise racism, those who try to manipulate names and labels don’t help. Instead of engaging with the issue of racism, they engage in covert racism which somehow implies that China is a lesser nation and are lesser people, so we shouldn’t call it the Chinese flu because that’d be too much for them to handle.
    Despite the above, I agree the Chinese virus just doesn’t sound right, after all it wasn’t the Chinese people who were complacent in covering up the pandemic, it was the dictatorial government of the PRC. So we should call it the communism virus. CCP virus works too.

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