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Global attitudes to COVID-19 pandemic and response

COVID-19 Pandemics Political leadership Public opinion Public trust
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The Australia Institute’s International & Security Affairs Program surveyed nationally representative samples of people in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy and South Korea about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government and friends and family are the most trusted sources of advice about the COVID-19 pandemic, and the more trusted a government the higher its response to the pandemic is rated.

Key findings:

  • In most countries, government and friends and family are the most trusted sources of advice about the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • There is a close relationship between how trusted a government’s advice is and how good their COVID-19 response is rated.
  • Fewer than half of those in work are confident they will keep their job.
  • People want their governments to take the lead in sustaining the economy.

 

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