OTTAWA—Half of Canadians believe theyre not getting the whole truth from their governments about COVID-19, a new poll suggests, and some also believe conspiracy theories about where the novel coronavirus began.
The most recent survey from Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found 50 percent of respondents felt governments were deliberately withholding information about the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, which has killed thousands and ground the economy to a halt.
“Its staggering, in a period where I believe trust has never been as high,” said Leger vice-president Christian Bourque.
The poll also asked respondents about their satisfaction with the measures governments were putting in place to fight COVID-19. Sixty-eight percent said they were satisfied with what their local government is doing, 74 percent with the federal governments actions, and 78 percent with their provincial government.
Bourque found those numbers quite high, considering the results suggest people also seem to believe they are not getting the full picture.
The misgivings were greatest in Quebec, where 60 percent of those polled believe governments are keeping secrets about the virus.
The province is also home to nearly 48,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, as well as just over 4,000 deaths—the highest number in Canada.
The poll asked questions of 1,510 adult Canadians selected from its online panel between May 22 and May 25. Because of the way participants were recruited, the internet-based poll cannot be assigned a margin of error.
Respondents were also asked whether they agree with nine theories circulating online about the coronavirus and how, or why, it came to be.
“Its basically stuff thats been sort of thrown around the Internet,” Bourque said of the theories put forward in the poll. “Its stuff we saw go by and we started to make a list.”
Few of those polled—15 percent or less—believe stories that philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is responsible for the spread of the coronavirus, that theres a link between the pandemic and 5G networks, or that COVID-19 never existed in the first place.
More than a third of people, however, believe the virus was created in a lab, or by the Chinese government. Nineteen percent of respondents also said they believed the number of deaths related to COVID-1Read More – Source