One year on, poll suggests Canadians still deeply wary about allowing U.S. visitors

One year on, poll suggests Canadians still deeply wary about allowing U.S. visitors

WASHINGTON — A new poll suggests Canadians remain deeply wary about the prospect of allowing visitors from the United States.

The online Leger poll was conducted last week for the Association for Canadian Studies to mark one full year of restricted travel at the Canada-U.S. border.

It found 70% of 2,200 Canadian respondents were either very or somewhat worried about allowing cross-border travel.

 

 

Only 26% said they were either not very worried or not worried at all.

In the U.S., Leger found the opposite: only 31% of the 1,968 Americans surveyed were very or somewhat anxious about lifting restrictions.

Online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.

Last week Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair announced the extension of the closure of the Canada-U.S. border to April 21, 2021.

Meanwhile analysis of Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) data by Global News shows that the number of people flying into Canada since the 3-day hotel quarantine rule went into effect Feb. 22, 2021 has dropped by almost 55%.