Majorities Feel Governments Have Performed Adequately on H1N1, but Media Has Overreacted

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According to Senior Vice-President Doug Anderson “At this point in time, Canadians generally feel their governments have done at least a fair job in dealing with the H1N1 virus. On the surface, impressions of the performance of all three levels of government involved in Canada’s response to the pandemic appear virtually identical. However, there are clearly some places where these impressions contrast. Most strikingly, in the wake of stories of Calgary hockey players getting the vaccine ahead of priority groups, 61% of Alberta residents describe their provincial government’s performance as poor, but are much less critical of the federal government. No other region finds more than 39% describing any government as performing poorly. In terms of the role the media has played, Canadians from all parts of the country and all walks of life tend to say the media has overreacted to the virus.”