Coronavirus: Fewer Canadians holding out hope for summer reprieve from pandemic, Ipsos poll shows

Global News published this video item, entitled “Coronavirus: Fewer Canadians holding out hope for summer reprieve from pandemic, Ipsos poll shows” – below is their description.

Optimism over the timeline to get the coronavirus pandemic under control is dwindling among Canadians, with 47 per cent of those surveyed expecting a summer reprieve, down from 58 per cent in mid-December 2020, according to recent Ipsos polling conducted exclusively for Global News.

However, more than two-thirds of Canadians surveyed are still confident that the pandemic will be under control by the end of the year and nearly eight in 10 are confident vaccines will help limit the spread of the virus.

Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, believes the drop in optimism is related to what’s been described as a slow rollout of vaccinations as well as what impacts people can feel in their day-to-day lives. The polling also suggests that those experiencing more of the impacts of the pandemic are more likely to be pessimistic.

“It’s probably people who are in that middle group, the working population, that are seeing most of the direct effects in their lives,” Bricker says.

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