The global survey found that the majority of people worldwide want their governments to prioritize saving lives over-focusing on restarting economies being pounded by measures aimed at halting the spread of the new coronavirus. The latest findings of the Edelman Trust Barometer challenge the notion that fatigue due to lockdown is rising among populations that are hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Overall, 67% of the 13,200-plus individuals were interviewed between April 15 and April 23 and they agreed with the statement that the government’s top priority should be saving as many lives as possible even if the economy will recover more slowly.
Only one-third supported the assertion that saving jobs is becoming more important for the government and restarting the economy than to take every possible precaution for the safety of people. More than half of all governments surveyed are offering some additional funding for the public healthcare services.
The study conducted by the communications company Edelman was based on fieldwork which was carried out in China, Canada, Germany, France, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom and.
Nearly 76% of Japanese respondents agreed with the notion that public health should be prioritized over the economy against only 56% in China, where the novel coronavirus outbreak was first detected in late December. China now has just a handful of new COVID-19 cases a day, after imposing social distancing measures and the strict lockdown.
In the United Kingdom, Canada and France, 70% or more of the respondents agreed with the notion of prioritizing health concerns. The figure was 66% in the United States, where protests over lockdown in some cases were encouraged by President Donald Trump.
CEO of Edelman, Richard Edelman said that it is complicated because the world is simultaneously facing two crises, the health crisis and the economic crisis. But people are saying that they’ve already had six to seven weeks of the restriction, what is another week or two.
Governments around the globe have varied widely in their response towards the novel coronavirus pandemic since its first outbreak in the Wuhan city in China in December. Authorities in Vietnam and New Zealand have been praised for early moves to control the coronavirus spread with social distancing and strict restriction measures while governments in the United Kingdom, U.S, Russia, Japan and elsewhere have faced criticism for the lack of proper preparedness.
The survey conducted by Edelman found that trust in the institution of government had however risen across the board, with an overall increase of 11 points from the January survey to the all-time study high of 65%. This figure reflected an appreciation of the support of the state for the economy and the work of healthcare services.
Conversely, only 29% of people agreed that business leaders and CEOs were doing an outstanding job and meeting the demands of the current time. Edelman said that business will be looked at very keenly in coming months, citing how big companies perform in the areas such as reskilling and retaining workers or using small businesses in their supply chains.
According to the austere forecast released by the European Commission, the COVID-19 pandemic will decent the European economy into its worst recession since the 1930s. The decline is set to be the most noticeably awful ever for the eurozone. Contrasted with past evaluations, development projections have been changed somewhere around 9% points.
The European Commission noted that the figures may shift to the worst if the novel coronavirus pandemic lasts longer, halting the reopening of businesses and travel. The economic downturn might be far worse than assumed in the baseline scenario of the recent forecast.