Canadians accept the COVID-19 emergency has united their nation, while Americans censure the pandemic for exacerbating their social and political separation, another worldwide general conclusion study recommends.
Completely 66% of Canadian respondents to the Pew Research Center examination delivered Thursday state they trust Canada is more joined because of the coronavirus, while 77 percent of U.S. members feel decisively the inverse is genuine south of the outskirt.
“In the U.S., where an interwoven of coronavirus-related limitations reflects a wide difference over the best way to monetary recuperation while relieving the spread of the infection, about 75% state that the U.S. is more isolated than before the coronavirus flare-up,” the middle said in a delivery.
“In contrast, nearly three-quarters in Denmark say there is more unity now than before the coronavirus outbreak. More than half in Canada, Sweden, South Korea and Australia also say their countries have become more united since the coronavirus outbreak.”
A similar bilateral gap emerged when those surveyed were asked about how their respective countries responded to the emergency.
In Canada, 88 per cent of respondents said they approved of their country’s response to COVID-19, compared with just 47 per cent of Americans who feel the same way about how the U.S. has responded.
The difference of opinion in the U.S. was tied to the political affiliations of those who took part in the survey, said Kat Devlin, one of the Pew research associates who compiled the report. Of those identified as Republican, 76 per cent cheered the government response, compared with 25 per cent of Democrats.
“In a way, in the U.S., we do see these political splits among the two main political parties that may affect the overall views of the U.S. compared within Canada.”
A separate online poll conducted over the weekend by Leger for the Association for Canadian Studies asked Canadians and Americans alike which of the two countries they believed had better handled the outbreak.
Fully 87 per cent of Canadian respondents said their country’s response had been “much” or “somewhat” better than that in the U.S., while only 38 per cent of Americans agreed. Nearly as many — 37 per cent — gave the U.S. higher marks than Canada, while 25 per cent gave no answer.
The Pew survey also found a distinct link between respondents disappointed in the response to the pandemic in their country and the likelihood they felt divisions had worsened.
“In every country surveyed, those who think their country has done a bad job of dealing with the coronavirus outbreak are more likely to say that their country is now more divided.”
The disparate versions of reality in the U.S. when it comes to COVID-19 have been on clear display over the last two weeks as America’s political parties, their eyes squarely on the Nov. 3 presidential election, have used their national conventions to spin competing narratives.
Joe Biden’s Democrats have excoriated Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, accusing the president of “devastating, inexcusable management” and his operatives of lying “through their teeth” about it.
Republicans, meanwhile, insist the crisis is under control, even as the death toll — 183,000 people to date out of a world-leading six million cases — continues to rise.
Regardless of their political affiliation, Americans surveyed agreed that divisions in the U.S. have widened since the pandemic began, Devlin said.
“This is actually one question where Republicans and Democrats are somewhat united in their answers,” she said. “About three-quarters at least in both parties do feel this sense of national division here.”
The Canadian portion of the Pew study involved 1,037 respondents across the country who were surveyed by phone between June 15 and July 27, and the American section had 1,003 U.S. participants who took part between June 16 and July 14.
Both components of the survey carry a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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News source: The Canadian Press