Majority not confident in govt's ability to contain Covid-19: Poll

Majority not confident in govt's ability to contain Covid-19: Poll

An officer checks a motorcyclist's temperature in Bangkok's Prawet district on Saturday. (Bangkok Post photo)
An officer checks a motorcyclist's temperature in Bangkok's Prawet district on Saturday. (Bangkok Post photo)

A majority of people are not confident that the government will be able to contain the spread of Covid-19, and most are not satisfied with its handling of the situation, according to the result of an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was carried out online on 3,183 people throughout the country between March 31-April 3.

Asked how sure they felt that the government would be able to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, only 37.48% said they were confident -- with 7.76% saying they were very confident while 29.72% were somewhat confident. On the other side, 62.52%, said they had little or no confidence -- with 40.18% saying they had little confidence and 22.34% no confidence at all.

Asked whether they were satisfied with the government's handling of the situation, 46.88% said they were satisfied while 53.12% were not.

Asked how their lives had changed since the outbreak of the virus, 89.60% said they had spent more time  at home; 85.30% opted for more health food; 61.42% worked more from home; 60.07% drank more water; and 59.16% spent more time on smartphones.

Asked which of their routines remained unchanged, 47.97% cited taking of medications; 47.44% physical exercise; and 35.88% playing computer and other games.

Concerning their work patterns, 42.26% said they had worked less in the office.

On activities they had reduced or stopped, 56.49% cited socialising with friends and 54.38% sightseeing trips.


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