Younger Canadians are most likely to have had their family income reduced as a result of COVID-19. They’re also more bullish about the need to reopen the economy, less inclined to be keeping up with news about the pandemic and less likely to be following recommended guidance about physical distancing.

These are just a few of the findings from a recent survey which indicates that younger and older Canadians are experiencing the pandemic differently. The findings come from a Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication survey of 2,000 Canadians conducted by Abacus Data from May 2 to 8.

“A lot of millennials have been complaining about how baby boomers have been handling themselves through the pandemic, but it seems that the older generations might actually be taking the public health advice more seriously than their children or their grandchildren,” says Brett Popplewell, professor in the School of journalism and communication and one of the project’s co-investigators.

Popplewell conducted this research with fellow School of Journalism and Communication faculty members: Josh Greenberg, Chris Waddell, and Sarah Everts. The survey was done through Abacus Data and funded by the Faculty of Public Affairs. See the full story here.

Friday, May 22, 2020 in ,
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