On average, more people feel that the financial support offered by their governments is insufficient than those who feel it sufficient. Only in China, Australia, and the UK did the scales tip the other way.
This is particularly stark in Italy and Spain where 72% and 71% of respondents felt the support was insufficient. With the most confirmed cases in the world, along with some of the highest death tolls, widespread dissatisfaction with government measures is not surprising.
Australia’s more positive picture could be, at least in part, a reflection of their Covid-19 status. At the time of writing, the country has seen 71 deaths and 6,646 cases. Both of these numbers are far, far lower than the rest of the countries we surveyed. Meanwhile, China’s progress in bringing new case and death numbers down may explain their more positive outlook.
Of course, that is only one side of this story. We need to account for each country’s measures, too. For those looking ahead to the political outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic, these numbers can give us some indication of what public opinion may look like down the line.
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¹ Note: All surveys are subject to a wide range of potential sources of error. On the basis of the historical record of the polls at recent general elections, there is a 9 in 10 chance that the true value of a survey result lies within 4 points of the estimates provided by this survey, and a 2 in 3 chance that they lie within 2 points.