Coronavirus: the government support is eroding, according to an international study

Coronavirus: le soutien aux gouvernements s'érode selon une étude internationale

Paris | with The support of the responses of governments in the face of the crisis of the novel coronavirus is eroding in several countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States or Japan, according to an international study published on Saturday by the cabinet KekstCNC.

The study conducted in six countries (France, Uk, Germany, Japan, United States and Sweden) shows this downward trend compared to the month of June.

Thus, in the United Kingdom, only 35 % of the respondents positively assess the action of the government, that is, 3 percentage points less than in June.

The support of the government declined also in the United States, with 44 % of disaffected (instead of 40 % in mid-June) or in Japan, where more than one respondent in two (51% versus 50 %) believes that the authorities mismanaging the crisis.

The French, however, show themselves to be more satisfied (+6 points) of the action of the government, even if they remain generally dissatisfied 41 %.

The study also reveals broad support of the populations in favour of wearing a mask.

73 % of French people consider that it must be compulsory in enclosed public places, a measure now in force, compared to 68 % of the Japanese or 65 % of the British.

Even in the United States, where the subject of debate, as 63 % of respondents are in favour of wearing a mask.

Only Sweden (37 %) is an exception on this topic. The mask is almost absent in public places and the authorities do not recommend anyway not its port.

The survey is also interested in the perception of the epidemic by the population compared to the reality.

Everywhere, it is apparent that the public overestimates largely the scale of the pandemic. Thus, according to the British surveyed, 22% of the population would have been infected by the coronavirus in the country, where the number of cases officially identified represents less than 0.5% of the population.

The Americans feel about them 20% of the population infected, at least sixteen times more than the official number of cases reported.

The trend is even stronger regarding the perception of the number of deaths due to the COVID-19.

In Germany, the respondents believe, for example, at 3 % the number of deaths among the general population, 300 times more than the reality.

Finally, the inhabitants of the six countries surveyed all share the fear of a second wave of the epidemic.

Most of the three British four-and two Americans out of three feel that it is likely to happen within the year. Approximately 53 % of Germans also fear, a figure, an increase of eight points compared to last month.

The survey was conducted in mid-July for about five days, on representative samples of 1000 adults in each country. The margin of error is 3.3% for all countries.

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