New survey results from Positive Energy and Nanos Research look at how and why Canadian attitudes towards acting on climate change have shifted as a result of COVID-19.
The survey also offers updates on several questions that Nanos and Positive Energy have tracked since 2015, including Canadians’ views on oil and gas development, renewable energy, federal leadership on climate change, and perceived trade-offs between the environment and the economy.
The survey was an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,049 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between June 28th and July 2nd, 2020 as part of a Nanos omnibus survey.
Canadians were asked on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means absolutely the worst time and 10 absolutely the best time, how good a time is it for Canada to be ambitious in addressing climate change even if there are costs to the economy. They were also asked to specify why they believe so. A plurality of Canadians believe that now is a good time to be ambitious. However, opinion on the issue appears somewhat polarized, with one in three Canadians answering either 0 or 10. Responses are broken out by region, age, and gender.
The Media Coverage
- Data Dive with Nik Nanos: How the pandemic has changed our views on climate change (The Globe and Mail)
- TREND LINE: Has the COVID-19 pandemic created our best chance to overhaul Canada's economy? (CTV News)
- Is this our best chance to go green? Canadians deeply divided, survey says (CTV News)
- Green recovery could be polarizing issue among Canadians (The Hill Times)
- Canada’s energy dysfunction (EnergiMedia)