In the second wave (9 and 13 April) of research on the impact of Coronavirus on society and population of the G7 countries, Kantar found that the approval levels of the government operations are falling with levels of satisfaction and dissatisfaction that equalize (respectively 42% and 44%), highlighting that public opinion in the G7 is equally divided on this issue. In Italy, however, the situation seems to be clearer for citizens: 62% seem satisfied with the government, while only 30% are not.
In G7 countries, 42% of citizens think that the measures taken by their government have been fair and adequate, while 44% believe that they have not been effective enough in fighting the pandemic. In Italy, 62% consider the measures adequate, while the 30% which is not satisfied.
Confidence seems to be eroding: even in Italy, which recorded 61%, in the first wave it was 67%. People continue to consider public health more relevant than the economy, despite the personal economic impacts have been evident in throughout the G7, highlighting that governments seem on average too focused on economic aspects.
Over a third of G7 citizens (36%, +7) still think that their government is paying too much attention to the country’s economy and is still not doing enough to guarantee people’s health. 19% (no change compared to March) believe that too much emphasis is being placed on the health aspect and not enough on the economic one. A third (33%, -4) believe that there is a fair balance and 13% (-2) don’t know.
In Italy the numbers have almost reversed: 18% think that the government is too focused on the economic aspects, 31% (+8 points) too focused on the health aspects, with 41% (-4) who consider there is a right balance between the two aspects in government policies. 48% of G7 citizens (38% in Italy) believe that the support provided by the government to face the economic loss is very or in any case good enough. 46% however (58% in Italy) believe it to be scarce or completely ineffective.
Regarding the future, one in 4 people (26%) think that when the spread of the pandemic will be finished the way of life will be different. This figure is very high especially in Italy (34%) and in the USA (29%). 38% think that even their national economy, once the emergency is over, will be different. Those who are most convinced are the Italians, 55%. 24% think that their social security system will be completely new / different when the pandemic ends. Here too, the highest figures concern Italy (30%) and the United States (29%).