Survey highlights week 20

  • Support for COVID-19 related measures placed by the government is falling.
  • Nearly half of US respondents think they should have priority access to a coronavirus vaccine if it is developed in their country.
  • Social distancing is the greatest impact of coronavirus crisis for the Europeans and Americans, whereas Africans and Asians worry more about getting sick.

FINDING 1: Support for COVID-19 related measures placed by the government is falling.  

In the first 3 weeks of the survey (23 March – 12 April) support for measures put in by the government was strong in the three countries included in the analysis (US, UK and Germany), which 85% people being in favour. However, as the pandemic prolonged, the support fell by an average of 10% points in each country (13 April – 4 May). This is despite different policy responses and political messaging.

FINDING 2: Nearly half of US respondents think they should have priority access to a coronavirus vaccine if it is developed in their country.

Interesting differences emerge between attitudes among different nationalities when asked to imagine that a company from their country was to successfully develop a vaccine for the virus. Where almost half (44%) of US respondents say that the vaccine should in this case be first made available in their own country, only a quarter (25%) of Germans agree with this, saying that it should be made available worldwide or in the most affected country.  Other nationalities included in the analysis were Portugal (44%), Finland (39%), Spain and UK (38%), Argentina (30%), India (29%).

FINDING 3: Social distancing is the greatest impact of coronavirus crisis for the Europeans and Americans, whereas Africans and Asians worry more about getting sick. 

23% of Europeans and 19% of people in the Americas think social distancing is the greatest impact of the pandemic for them personally. In comparison, only 8% of respondents in Africa would say this, ranking the fear of getting sick as being more significant (21%). 

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