Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Liberals surge ahead

Several polls were published earlier in the past week in hopes to measure the pulse of Canadians as many nations around the globe are facing increasing adversity with the spread of the coronavirus. Some countries, namely China, South Korea and Japan, appear to have their respective situation under control; others, not least of which the United States, are bracing for impact. As of this writing, the number of confirmed cases in the United Stated had surpassed 100,000 and the curve appears to follow a steep exponential growth which would increase ten-fold in the span of a week.

EKOS Research Associates released its latest round of numbers on Friday on the impressions of Canadians regarding the government's response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. According to EKOS' data, 77 per cent of Canadians consider the epidemic to be more serious than the SARS outbreak of 2003, and 71 per cent even agree that it is more serious than the 9/11 attacks (interestingly, there does not seem to be a recency bias concerning the 9/11 attacks since results do not differ much with age groups).

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Philippe J. Fournier is the creator of Qc125 and 338Canada. He teaches physics and astronomy at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montreal. For information or media request, please write to

Philippe J. Fournier est le créateur de Qc125 et 338Canada. Il est professeur de physique et d'astronomie au Cégep de Saint-Laurent à Montréal. Pour toute information ou pour une demande d'entrevue médiatique, écrivez à