The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is clearly taking a toll on Manitoba households as a new Probe Research survey for the Winnipeg Free Press shows alarming proportions of citizens report experiencing emotional and financial strain.

graph showing stress of COVID-19 on Manitobans

Seven-in-ten Manitoba adults report their emotional or mental health has been challenged by the pandemic. Women and younger Manitobans (those aged 18-34) are most likely to report experiencing emotional tough times during this crisis.

Nearly one-half of Manitoba adults admit their personal relationships have suffered during the pandemic compared with fewer than one-in-five who report a strengthening of these interpersonal bonds. Those from lower-income households and younger men are more likely to report higher levels of strain on these relationships.

On the financial front, four-in-ten respondents agree their financial circumstances have gone downhill as a result of COVID-19, with relatively few saying they have experienced financial gains. Those with lower levels of formal education and annual household income are most likely to say the pandemic has negatively affected them financially, while wealthier Manitobans were twice as likely as those from low-income households to report having experienced some level of financial gain during this period.




About the Probe Research Omnibus

For more than two decades, Probe Research Inc. has undertaken quarterly omnibus surveys of random and representative samples of Manitoba adults. These scientific telephone surveys have provided strategic and proprietary insights to hundreds of public, private and not-for-profit clients on a range of social, cultural and public policy topics. The Probe Research Omnibus Survey is the province’s largest and most trusted general population survey.

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Between November 24th and December 4th, 2020, Probe Research surveyed a random and representative sampling of 1,000 adults residing in Manitoba.

With a sample of 1,000, one can say with 95 percent certainty that the results are within ± 3.1 percentage points of what they would have been if the entire adult population of Manitoba had been surveyed. The margin of error is higher within each of the survey’s population sub-groups.​

Modified random digit dialing, including both landline and wireless numbers, ensured all Manitoba adults had an equal opportunity to participate in this Probe Research survey. A CATI-to-web approach was employed whereby a live-voice operator randomly recruited respondents by telephone, inviting them to complete the survey via a secure online questionnaire. In addition, 277 randomly recruited Probe Research panel members were included in this general population adult sampling.​

Minor statistical weighting has been applied to this sample based on known age and gender characteristics of the province’s population. All data analysis was performed using SPSS statistical analysis software.​