Health or economy? An international survey reveals what people want in the time of Corona
A global survey found that a large majority of people around the world want their governments to prioritize saving lives over moves to restart economies, which have been affected by measures taken to stop the spread of the Corona virus.
In general, 67 percent of the 13,200 people interviewed between April 15 and 23 agreed that the government’s top priority should be to save as many lives as possible, even if that means recovering the economy at a slower pace.
A third of those polled supported the importance of the government saving jobs and restarting the economy, while taking all precautions to keep people safe, Reuters said.
The study, prepared by the US telecom company Edelman, was based on field activity in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
76 percent of Japanese respondents agreed that public health should be prioritized over the economy, compared to only 56 percent in China, where the disease first appeared late last year.
China currently monitors only a few new cases daily, after a severe public closure was imposed earlier due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
In Canada, the United Kingdom, and France, 70 percent or more of respondents supported prioritizing health concerns.
In the United States, where President Donald Trump sometimes encouraged protests against public closings, the figure was 66 percent.