Gallup International Association (GIA) COVID-19 Snap Poll Finds Vast, Scared Majority around the World

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 24, 2020 – Over the past few weeks, the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus has upended life around the globe. In response, the Gallup International Association conducted a snap poll of more than 25,000 respondents in 28 countries around the world. ACSOR-Surveys, based in Kabul, conducted an RDD phone survey from March 12-14, with a realized sample of n=608, representative of the urban population of Afghanistan.

Half of urban Afghans (50%) are concerned that they or someone in their family may catch the Coronavirus, lower than the global figure of 62%. Urban Afghans also express approval of the government’s handling of the pandemic so far, with 63% expressing agreement or strong agreement with the statement that the government is handling the crisis well. Three-quarters (75%), say that they are willing to give up some of their human rights if it helps prevent the spread of the virus, comparable to the global figure of 76%.

Meanwhile, respondents are taking individual action to help prevent the spread of the virus: the most common precautions are washing hands more frequently, wearing medical masks, and using hand sanitizer, with fewer staying in their house or self-quarantining. Only 12% report not having taken any additional safeguards.

The press release highlighting key findings from around the globe can be accessed here, while tables can be found here.

This entry was posted on March 24, 2020

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