January 27, 2014 11:09 am
Updated: January 27, 2014 2:20 pm

7% of Canadians plan to skip work during Olympic hockey games: poll

Canada's Sidney Crosby leaps in the air after making the game-winning goal in the overtime period of a men's gold medal ice hockey game against USA at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Canadian Press

TORONTO -Employers beware – you might be a little short-staffed during the Sochi Olympics.

More than a third of Canadian hockey fans plan to give up sleep to watch key Olympic matches in Sochi, while seven per cent plan to call in sick to catch the games, according to an Angus Reid poll conducted for Molson Coors Canada.

According to the survey, 35 per cent of Canadians said they feel the most patriotic when one of Canada’s athletes wins gold, compared to 25 per cent who said Canada Day.

“There’s no feeling in the world like standing on an Olympic Podium representing your country,” said Olympian Joannie Rochette in a press release. “In that moment you can feel an entire nation celebrating along with you.”

A third of Canadians said they will likely get emotional during a medal ceremony if Canada wins gold, while 27 per cent said they will likely sing the national anthem in public.

The same survey revealed Canada’s top three Olympic moments.

1: Sidney Crosby gold winning goal in Vancouver.


2: Joannie Rochette’s figure-skating bronze medal.


3: Alex Bilodeau winning Canada’s first Gold Medal on home soil.


An online survey was conducted Jan. 7 to Jan. 9, 2014 among a sample of 1,500 Canadian adults (ages 18-64) who are also Angus Reid Forum panel members. The margin of error — which measures sampling variability — is +/-3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20. The sample was balanced by region according to the most recent census data.

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