An Angus Reid/CBC survey suggests the pandemic brought out the worst in people.
Sixty per cent of those surveyed said the last two years have weakened their compassion for others; four out of five agreed the pandemic pulled Canadians further apart.
Yet, at the beginning of the pandemic, data shows Canadians had an absolute sense of common purpose.
And while a majority said they were glad to be living in Canada as we worked through the pandemic,
70 per cent have little faith in how effectively we would handle another one, suggesting we would struggle just as much as we did this time.
There were some positives.
A majority – 70 per cent – said they were glad to be living in Canada during the pandemic; others said it made them rethink their priorities.
The online survey polled a representative randomized sample of 2,550 Canadians 18 and over between Mar. 1 to 4 of this year. For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of +/- two percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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