A Summary of the B&A Covid-19 Public Sentiment Tracker
Recent research, undertaken by B&A just after An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar’s address on 27th March, clearly demonstrates how worried people are about the coronavirus. Health is practically everybody’s concern – either their own and / or someone else’s - with 3 in 4 also worried about the financial implications of this virus.
The research found that there was strong buy in from the Irish public for the measures introduced along with a definite consensus that the government is doing a good job.
As a nation, we’re pretty well informed with most of us getting our Covid-19 information from TV, followed by online. TV, as a source of information, spans both young and old with younger audiences also reliant on online information sources. When it comes to most trusted sources, TV has no competition: 8 in 10 adults say it is their most trusted source for information compared to just 1% saying the same about Social Media.
RTÉ fared very well in this research with 4 in 5 indicating that they are using RTÉ TV or Radio for information. 76% said they trust RTÉ above all other sources.
Of course, Covid-19 has had an impact on behaviour and this is bourne out by this research: for example, 30% of us have reduced spending and over half (52%) having cancelled a holiday. Looking to the future, plenty of intentions are online with for example, 7 in 10 open to conducting health appointments online and 6 in 10 interesting in taking classes online. Unfortunately, most people expect the economy to deteriorate with 3 in 10 very worried about the impact of Covid-19 on their own personal finances.
This research was conducted online among a nationally representative sample of 1000 adults 18+. Fieldwork took place during period 27th March – 1st April 2020 and coincided with the introduction of further restrictions (e.g. exercise only to be taken within 2km of your home and advice that over 70s should cocoon)