Canadians are beginning to adapt to social distancing life in the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. The usual venues of work, play, shop, study and worship are mostly closed and the economy on pause.
On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, pollster Mario Canseco of Research Co. discusses the findings of his research. Canadians, he said, are praying more (especially if they are in higher income brackets), finding distractions like streaming movies and board games, and consuming more news. But there are fewer advertisers willing or able to pay, because most businesses are closed.
“I’ve never seen this many Canadians following the news unless there’s an election happening,” Canseco told host Bob Mackin. “During elections you have a lot of expenditures from government and those parties wanting to stay in government and the opposition.”
The only gender gap he found was the world of sports: 41% of men miss watching live hockey, basketball and baseball. Only 24% of women long for sports. Sports played a big role in helping heal Canadians after 9/11 and the 2008 Great Recession. “We don’t even have that now. It’s more complicated.”
Listen to the full interview on this edition.
Plus coronavirus headlines from the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim, and analysis of the changing messages of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C. health minister Adrian Dix and federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu.
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