The poll shows a total of 32 percent of all respondents say they strongly or somewhat support the convoy's message to end vaccine mandates and have fewer public health measures, while 62 percent say they strongly or somewhat oppose the message. Seven percent of the respondents are undecided.
The Leger poll found 44 percent of all respondents who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they "sympathize with the concerns and frustrations being voiced by people involved in the trucker protest in Ottawa."
More than half (53 percent) of vaccinated Canadians aged 18 to 34 say they sympathize with the concerns and frustrations voiced by the protesters, while 47 percent of vaccinated Canadians aged 35 to 54 say so. Canadians aged 55 and older are less supportive of the protests, with 35 percent expressing sympathy.
“They are extremists who don’t believe in science. They’re often misogynists, also often racists. It’s a small group that muscles in, and we have to make a choice in terms of leaders, in terms of the country. Do we tolerate these people?” Trudeau said during an interview on the French-language program La semaine des 4 Julie on Sept. 16, 2021.
Leger found that 44 percent of Canadians say the prime minister and premiers share the blame for the protest in Ottawa because of their condescending attitude toward Canadians who disagree with vaccine mandates and lockdowns.
On Feb. 8, Liberal MP Joël Lightbound criticized his own government for its divisive tone toward the protesters, and for "demonizing" those who have voiced concerns about COVID-19 restrictions.
“I can’t help but notice with regret that both the tone and the policies of my government changed drastically on the eve of, and during, the last election campaign,” Lightbound said at a press conference.
“From a positive and unifying approach, a decision was made to wedge, to divide, and to stigmatize. I fear that this politicization of the pandemic risks undermining the public’s trust in our public health institutions.”
The poll was conducted randomly, surveying members of the Leger Opinion’s representative panel. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.49 percent, 19 times out of 20.