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Taking the public temperature on COVID-19

How are Canadians feeling about COVID-19, restrictions, political leaders and the protests in Ottawa? David Coletto at Abacus Data breaks it down.
A resident holds a sign towards protesters as they participate in a counter protest to stop vehicles from driving in a convoy en route to Parliament Hill, on the 17th day of a protest against COVID-19 measures that has grown into a broader anti-government protest, in Ottawa, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
(Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Nearly two full years have passed since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Now, from the Coutts border-crossing blockade in Alberta, to the streets around Parliament Hill, it's obvious that there are some people with very strong opinions out there about how the disease is being handled. 

But beyond the noise of these chaotic protests, how exactly do Canadians feel about how we've weathered COVID-19? And how do they feel about the protests?

David Coletto is the CEO of the polling firm Abacus Data, which has been asking people across the country for their thoughts. He breaks down what the numbers tell us so far.

The margin of error for the data discussed in today's episode is about 2.5 to 2.6 per cent. 

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