iCARE STUDY / RESULTS / PERCEPTION OF POLICIES ANALYSES


Results from Survey 1 – Perception of governmental policies and actions


  • Data presented here was collected between March 27 and April 15, 2020
  • This data was collected from 20,537 people
  • Average age of participants: 41 years old
  • Participant ages ranged from 8 to 90 years old
  • Overall participation generated 35,000 visits from over 140 countries to the iCARE study webpage

Importance of government measures

Q: To what extent do you believe that the measures asked of you by your government or local health authority are important to prevent and/or reduce the spread of COVID-19?

The majority of respondents (9 in 10) felt that measures taken by the government were important. Less than 1% (less than 1 in 100) of respondents felt that the measures were not very important.


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Strictness of government actions

Q: What do you think of the actions taken by your government or local health authority to prevent and/or reduce the spread of COVID-19?

The majority of respondents (nearly 3 in 4) felt that the government’s measures were about right. However, 1 in 5 people felt that they were too lenient.


 

Perceptions of people worldwide about government COVID-19 policies (by sex)

Q: What do you think of the actions taken by your government or local health authority to prevent and/or reduce the spread of COVID-19?

Overall, most respondents (over 70%) believe their governments’ policies are “just right”, but more men report finding policies to be too strict compared to women (p<.001).


 

Perceptions of people worldwide about government COVID-19 policies (by age)

Q: What do you think of the actions taken by your government or local health authority to prevent and/or reduce the spread of COVID-19?

Fewer people from younger aged groups (8 to 69) are satisfied with the policies – more people from these age groups find policies too lenient compared to people over age 70 (p<.001).


 

Perceptions of people worldwide about government COVID-19 policies (by education level)

Q: What do you think of the actions taken by your government or local health authority to prevent and/or reduce the spread of COVID-19?

Fewer people with a college education were satisfied with government policies compared to those with a high school education; more people with a college education find policies too lenient (p<.001).


 

Perceptions of people worldwide about government COVID-19 policies (by income tercile)

Q: What do you think of the actions taken by your government or local health authority to prevent and/or reduce the spread of COVID-19?

Fewer people from lower income groups were satisfied with government policies compared to those from higher income groups in a linear fashion; more people from lower income groups find policies too lenient (p<.001).


 

Perceptions of people worldwide about government COVID-19 policies (by country)

Q: What do you think of the actions taken by your government or local health authority to prevent and/or reduce the spread of COVID-19?

With the exception of people from Brazil, France and the US, nearly 80% of respondents from most countries find government responses to be “just right.” However, significantly more people from Brazil (27%), France (27%) and the US (38%) find policies too lenient (p<.001).