Public opinion in times of COVID-19

22 July 2020Resources

In the second special survey which investigates European citizens’ attitudes and opinions over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, first results show that a majority of European citizens (56 %) want the EU to have more financial means to overcome the impact of the pandemic. Public health tops the priority list, with economic recovery and climate change.

The survey, which was conducted by Kantar in the second half of June 2020, finds that more than three quarters of Europeans on average have heard about the measures taken by the EU against COVID-19 and a rising number of respondents is now satisfied with these measures. At the same time, a majority is nevertheless still not satisfied with the solidarity shown between EU Member States during the crisis.

Around two-thirds of respondents (68%) agree ‘the EU should have more competences to deal with crises such as the Coronavirus pandemic’, backed by an absolute majority in 26 Member States and 56% of Europeans believe the EU should have greater financial means to be able to overcome the consequences of the Coronavirus pandemic.

A clear indicator for the importance of making the necessary decisions for the Recovery Package as soon as possible is the worrying personal financial situation of European citizens since the beginning of the pandemic. Nearly unchanged since April, 57% of respondents say that they have experienced personal financial difficulties.

A significant development can also be seen in respondents’ feeling during the crisis, with citizens from 15 EU Member States choosing ‘hope’ (41% overall) to best describe their current emotional status.

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