Approved scraping. A study carried out by the Pew Research Center, a research institute based in Washington DC, places at 54% the percentage of Spaniards who consider that the government has done “a good job” during the management of the pandemic. A percentage that reveals a very divided opinion and that places our country at the bottom in the assessment made by the citizens themselves, only behind the United Kingdom, with 46% approval, and the United States, with 47%.
The study analyzes the assessment that citizens of 14 advanced economies in North America, Asia and Europe make of the management of the pandemic by different governments. It was carried out by telephone interview between June 10 and August 3 with a sample of 14,276. In Spain, 1,041 people have been interviewed, which means that the pollsters themselves place the margin of error in the study at 4.1%.
The study yields some interesting data, such as that the vast majority of citizens think their countries are doing “a good job” during this pandemic, with an average acceptance rate of 73%. The most satisfied are the Danes, Australians and Canadians.
6 out of 10 Spaniards believe that the pandemic has changed their day to day
58% of those surveyed in these 14 countries affirm that their lives have changed because of the pandemic. This perception rises to 81% in South Korea, a country in which only just over 19,000 cases and 316 deaths have been detected, one of the lowest mortality figures in the world.
Among Spaniards, 6 out of 10 think that the coronavirus has changed their lives, a figure lower than the South Korean despite the fact that the pandemic has hit our country much harder. Among those who believe that the pandemic has not affected their daily lives are the Danes and the Germans, only 27% and 39% respectively say that the virus has meant a change in their daily lives.
It is important to note that, in 12 of the 14 countries surveyed, women are more likely than men to say that the pandemic has changed their lives. And in countries like Switzerland, the United States or France, this gender gap is double digits, reaching 15%.
The coronavirus has not united us
That that the coronavirus would unite us seems that it has not been fulfilled either. According to the study, 77% of Americans believe that the pandemic has further divided the population, a figure that in Spain stands at 59%. Only 5 inhabitants (Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, South Korea and Australia) of the 14 countries surveyed believe that this crisis has brought them together.
In Europe, this view that COVID-19 has divided the population is much stronger among supporters of far-right parties such as Alternative for Germany, the Swedish Democrats or Vox, in Spain. These are parties that have come to organize protests against the measures taken by governments such as the general confinement of the population.
Finally, the survey collects that the general feeling of the participants is that greater international cooperation would have reduced the impact of COVID-19 around the world, a pandemic that already exceeds 20 million cases globally.
Almost 60% of those surveyed believe that this cooperation between countries would have been beneficial, although the case of Denmark is curious, since 78% of those interviewed in that country believe that aid between countries would not have reduced the number of cases. On the contrary, the Belgians and the British are the most convinced that there should have been a much greater joint work between countries.