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The situation with COVID-19 is demanding the implementation of great and previously unknown restraint measures by citizens. Respecting these measures depends primarily on the citizens’ awareness of the risk of COVID-19. Penalties and fines can never have the effect that awareness does, or even if they are effective, it takes time for them to be so. Time is an element that society does not currently have.
To see the citizens’ level of ‘worry’ about the situation with COVID-19, IDRApoll conducted another survey using the online research panel www.idrapoll.com . The question was asked on March 19, 2020.
The sample of those who responded is 670 citizens. This sample has been weighted with demographic parameters (urbanity, gender and age) to be representative of citizens aged 18-54. The margin of error is estimated at 3.8%.
The results indicate considerable “worry” of citizens. About 76% of them state that they are “worried” (36%) or “extremely worried” (40%). However, about 1 in 4 citizens (24% “neutral” and “unworried”) have not yet been convinced about the seriousness of this situation.
Women are more worried than men are about the situation. About 82% of women are “worried” (45%) or “extremely worried” (37%) compared to 68% of men who say the same thing. It should be noted that almost 1 in 3 men (31%) states that they are not “worried” about the situation.
Worry about the situation has also extended to rural areas, though slightly less than in urban areas. About 72% of those living in rural areas state that they are worried compared to 78% of those in urban areas.
As the age of the respondents increases, the intensity of “worry ” increases. About 80% of those in the age group of 44-54 years old are worried compared to 70% of those in the age group of 18-29.