Less security in life, property in Covid-19 era: poll

Less security in life, property in Covid-19 era: poll

The Covid-19 pandemic forces people to make some adjustments in their daily life including wearing a mask in public places like a market. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
The Covid-19 pandemic forces people to make some adjustments in their daily life including wearing a mask in public places like a market. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

A majority of people say they are experiencing less security in life and property in the Covid-19 era, according to the result of an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabaht University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted online on 1,172 people throughout the country during Sept 19-23 to compile their opinions on "threats to society in the Covid-19 era".

Asked to compare between the time before the Covid-19 outbreak and now in terms of security in life and property, a majority, 72.78%, of the respondents said they were experiencing less security; 24.40% said the situation remained unchanged; and 2.82% said the situation had improved.

Most -- 54.46% -- were moderately concerned about this matter, 25.56% were very concerned; 16.81% a little concerned; and 3.17% not concerned at all.

Asked to mention the current threats to society, with each respondent allowed to choose more than one answer, 68.66% cited fraud, hacks, scams and gambling online; 65.24% mental depression and suicide; 62.60% fake news on social media; 59.86% theft and robbery; and 58.58% violence in media content, leading to emulation.

Asked what had exacerbated the threats to society, 89.31% pointed to poverty, unemployment and poor living conditions; 87.94% the poor economy; 79.81% the government's poor handling of the economic problems and an uneven distribition of state welfare; 71.00% the Covid-19 pandemic; and 57.91% social disparities.

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