According to a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM), six out of ten Czechs consider the state’s response to the spread of COVID-19 to be adequate. For the majority of the population, however, the reasoning behind some implemented measures is missing or incomprehensible.
In December, 44 percent of respondents described the measures as understandable, while 55 percent rated them the opposite.
Compared to the results of a September survey, the number of people who consider the measures insufficient decreased by ten percentage points. On the contrary, there was a seven-percentage-point increase in the group of people who consider the measures to be excessive.
At the end of last year, 57 percent of respondents also considered the government measures to be effective, while 37 percent of them were of the opposite opinion. In May and early June, more than four-fifths of Czech citizens were convinced that the measures were effective.
In the time of the coronavirus epidemic, the Czechs evaluated the activities of medics, firemen, and the army most positively, with more than 80 percent of the public appreciating their work.
On the other hand, at the bottom of the list was the European Union, with only 36 percent of respondents commending its activities, while the World Health Organization enjoyed the support of just 37 percent of respondents.
The Czechs were also critical of the work of the media and the government. In total, 39 percent of respondents were satisfied with the work of journalists, while the government gained the support of 40 percent of those surveyed. On the contrary, 57 percent and 55 percent of Czech citizens criticized the media and the government, respectively.
Title image: A man flashes victory signs during a protest joined by thousands against the government’s restrictive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)