- Three quarters support the easing of COVID-19 restrictions overall
- Half support the removal of required mask wearing in public places, and half oppose it
- Six-in-ten support the removal of proof of vaccination requirements
- A third believe the pace of easing restrictions has been too fast, while half are comfortable with the pace
March 11, 2022
Two years after COVID-19 started to spread, restrictions will be removed in Nova Scotia. We asked residents how they felt about the easing overall, as well as about two key aspects of the changes.
While it is clear that residents are supportive of the easing of restrictions overall (73% support), they are divided about two key aspects of the changes. In particular, only half (48%) support the removal of required mask wearing in public places, while the other half are in opposition to this measure. Further, while six-in-ten support the removal of proof of vaccination requirements (61% support), a third oppose this change (35%).
In general, younger residents are more supportive of the easing of restrictions compared with older residents. In addition, men are more likely to support the easing of restrictions compared with women.
Overall, the pace of easing restrictions in Nova Scotia has been about right for half the population (47%), while a third feel that things are moving too quickly (34%) and a small group feel that things are moving too slowly (14%).
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This survey was conducted from March 4 to 8, with 1,212 Nova Scotia residents from Narrative Research’s online panel, East Coast Voice. As a non-probability sample (i.e., a panel sample where residents have joined a panel to share their opinions), and in accordance with CRIC Public Opinion Research Standards, a margin of error is not applied.
The questions reported in this release include:
- Recently, the Province announced an easing of COVID-19 restrictions, with all provincial restrictions to be removed as of March 21st. All things considered, do you support or oppose each of the following:
- The easing of restrictions overall
- Removal of required mask wearing in public places
- Removal of proof of vaccination requirements
- Do you believe that the pace of easing restrictions has been too slow, about the right pace or too fast?
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