BUSINESS & POLITICS IN THE WORLD

 

GLOBAL OPINION REPORT NO. 689-691-691

 

 

Week: May 03 –May 23, 2021

 

Presentation: May 28, 2021

 

 

Contents

 

689-691-43-68/Commentary: Japan’s Population Of Children Under 15 Shrank By 190,000 From A Year Earlier 4

SUMMARY OF POLLS. 5

ASIA   23

The Population Of China Increased By 5.38 Percent To 1.41 Billion In 2020 Census Compared With An Increase Of 5.84 Percent To 1.34 Billion In The 2010 Census. 23

Source: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14346249. 24

Japan’s Population Of Children Under 15 Shrank By 190,000 From A Year Earlier 24

44 Percent Of Japanese People Are In Favor Of Revisions In Constitution. 25

Two In Five (19%) Indians Have Shown Willingness To Buy Pre-Owned/Second-Hand Cars. 27

New Prime Minister Of South Korea Kim Bu-Gyeom "Conformity" 38% Vs "Nonconformity" 26%... 30

Public Verification Of Personnel Hearings, 'Morality' 76 Percent Vs 'Policy Ability Only' 19 Percent 31

Nearly Two-Thirds Of Urban Indians (64%) Are Worried They May Become Seriously Unwell Or Die Due To COVID   32

3 In 10 Pakistanis Concerned About Digitally Sharing Their Personal Information. 34

MENA   35

MENA Advertiser Of The Month (April): Vimto. 35

Global Village Has Emerged As The Top Mover This Year, With A Change In Score Of +14.2 Compared To Ramadan 2020 In UAE.. 36

AFRICA.. 37

87 Percent Mauritians Think Social Media Makes People More Informed About Current Affairs. 37

63 Percent Gambians Get News From Television And 55 Percent Get From Social Media. 38

Half Of Tunisian Citizens 49 Percent Are In Favor Of Press Freedom... 39

WEST EUROPE.. 39

Three In Four (76%) Religious People Indicated A Likelihood To Donate To A Charity. 39

One In Eleven NHS Workers Plan To Leave Healthcare Sector After Pandemic. 41

Two In Five People Point To Housing (44%) And Crime (43%) As The Most Urgent Problems To Be Tackled By New Mayor 43

Four In Ten Britons Satisfied With Their Local Council, But Most In The North Of England Feel They Get Less National Spending Than Other Areas. 45

Three Quarters Of British Women (76%) Say Men In Society Don’t Pull Their Weight In Keeping Women And Girls Safe  47

Towards The End Of Last Year, Over Half Of The Public (53%) Said The Covid-19 Pandemic Had Negatively Affected Their Mental Wellbeing. 50

Three In Ten Britons Feel Less Certain About Government’s Guidance For Which Activities You Should And Shouldn’t Do And Say It’s Either Not Very (19%) Or Not At All Clear (9%) 51

41% Of 18-24 Year Olds Now Say Britain Should Have An Elected Head Of State. 53

Charging An Electric Car Vs Refuelling A Petrol Car, 14% Think It’s Better; 13% Think It’s The Same, And 64% Think It’s Worse  55

Home And EDC Are Real Estate Chains Get The Most Attention In Denmark. 56

Every Third German Feels More Stressed In 2021 Than Before Corona, People With Children Most Often. 59

Every Second Cyclist Wears A Protective Helmet At Least Now And Then When Cycling. 60

26 Percent Germans Praised The Government's Handling Of The Crisis In April 2021. 63

This Month, The President Of The France Recovers 1 Point Of Favorable Opinions From The French (31% Of Favorable Opinions) 65

A Quarter Of 18-25 Years Old Say They Have Had Suicidal Thoughts Since The Start Of The Crisis (27%) 66

45% French Believe That Major Beauty Brands Do Not Care Enough About The Diversity Of Their Consumers. 68

9 May, Europe Day: The European Union In The Perception Of Italians. 68

8 Out Of 10 Italians And Italians Agree: Excess Doses Of The Anti-Covid 19 Vaccine Must Be Shared. 70

40% Of Spaniards Do Not Agree With The Changes In The Measures Implemented In Their City After The Fall Of The State Of Alarm... 72

Four Out Of Every Five Spanish Respondents (45%) Rejects The Fact That They Can Return To Stadium Fans. 74

Only one in five Hungarians is vaccinated. 77

NORTH AMERICA.. 81

Three-Quarters Of White Evangelical Protestants (75%) Say They Disapprove Of The New President’s Performance So Far 81

70% Of U.S. Social Media Users Never Or Rarely Post Or Share About Political, Social Issues. 84

Just 11% Of Republicans And Republican-Leaning Independents Say Trump’s Accounts Should Be Permanently Banned From Social Media. 88

About Six-In-Ten Americans Say Abortion Should Be Legal In All Or Most Cases. 89

Around Half Of Americans (48%) See Gun Violence As A Very Big Problem In The Country Today. 93

Immigration Was A Top Focus Of Early Biden Coverage, Especially Among Outlets With Right-Leaning Audiences  99

12% Of Us Jewish Adults Say They Attend Religious Services Weekly Or More Often, Compared With 27% Of The General Public And 38% Of Us Christians. 104

69% Of Adults Ages 20 To 29 Who Had Graduated From College During The Previous Spring Were Employed, Lower Than The Share Of 2019 Graduates Who Were Employed In October Of That Year (78%) 108

About Four-In-Ten (41%) Americans Say News Organizations Are Growing In Their Influence. 110

A Third Of Large US Newspapers Experienced Layoffs In 2020, More Than In 2019. 113

45% Of US Jewish Adults, And An Additional 37% Say Caring About Israel Is Important, But Not Essential 117

Liberals (38%) in the Driver’s Seat over Conservatives (29%) as Vaccination Rollout Hits its Stride. 120

Seven In Ten (70%) Canadians Believe Summer 2021 Will Be A Disappointment Given The Ongoing Covid Restrictions  122

AUSTRALIA.. 123

New Zealand Government Lead Over Opposition Down To 14% In April – Smallest Lead Since January 2020. 123

Movement In The Sydney, Melbourne And Adelaide Cbds Drops In Late April After Hitting Covid-19 Highs Over The Easter Holidays. 129

Australian Employment Hits A Record High Above 13 Million In April – Unemployment Down, But Offset By Rising Under-Employment 131

A Huge Majority Of 93% Of Australians Said They Are More Likely To Buy Products Made In Australia. 137

Roy Morgan Business Confidence Hits 7-Year High Of 125.3 In April – Up 48.4 Pts (+62.9%) On A Year Ago. 138

Inflation Expectations Virtually Unchanged At 3.7% In April – Far Higher For Unemployed (4.5%) Than Full-Time Employees (3.4%) 143

5.68 Million Australians (26.9% Of Those Aged 14+) In The March Quarter 2021, Intend To Take A Holiday During The Next 12 Months. 147

In 2020 Just 14% Of Australians Aged 14+ Attended Live Entertainment Activities Such As Theatre, Rock, Pop Or Music Concerts  149

Australians Have Nearly 175 Million Days Of Annual Leave Due – Up Over 23 Million Days From Early 2020. 152

In 2020 Only 24% Of Australians Said They’d Be More Likely To Buy Clothes If They Knew The Clothes Were ‘Made In China’, Down 7% Points From 2019. 154

MULTICOUNTRY STUDIES. 156

A Closer Look At The European Criteria For Grocery Purchases Shows That The Main Criteria Are Product Quality (88%) And Good Prices (82%) 156

Ideological Divisions Over Cultural Issues Are Far Wider In The U.S. Than In The UK, France And Germany. 158

Nearly Half (46%) Of Consumers In 17 Global Markets Use Zoom To Communicate Regularly. 166

About Three Out Of Four Adults Globally Agree That In Order To Enter Their Country, Travelers Are Required To Have Covid-19 Vaccine Passports. 168

The Majority Of Nordic Countries State That They Eat Healthier In The Form Of More Vegetables (31%) And Less Alcohol (26%) And Sugar (24%) 169

In UAE And Saudi, The Intent To Travel Domestically Or Within The MENA Region Increased Slightly. 172

45% Of The Global Population Is Concerned About Sharing Their Personal Information Digitally. 175

Globally, About Three In Four Adults (78%) Are In Favor Of Requiring A Vaccination Passport For Travelers. 177

Ipsos’s Global Consumer Confidence Index Shows A Month-To-Month Gain Of Nine-Tenths Of A Point, Sitting Just 2.3 Points Below Its Pre-Pandemic Level Of January 2020. 178

About Six-In-Ten American Adults (62%), Including Majorities In Nearly Every Demographic Group, Support Increasing The Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour 181

 


 

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

 

This weekly report consists of sixty-seven surveys. The report includes ten multi-country studies from different states across the globe.

 

689-691-43-68/Commentary: Japan’s Population Of Children Under 15 Shrank By 190,000 From A Year Earlier

Japan’s population of children under 15 shrank by 190,000 from a year earlier to an estimated 14.93 million as of April 1, the 40th consecutive year of decline, internal affairs ministry data showed.

Children in that age group account for 11.9 percent of the entire population, the lowest level in the world, according to the ministry. The figure was 0.1 percentage point down from the previous year.

The percentage has now dropped for 47 straight years.

On the other hand, people 65 or older account for 28.9 percent of the population, up 0.3 percentage point from the previous year.

Although the government has long vowed to battle the demographic change, the numbers show that Japan’s declining birthrate and the graying of society have progressed further.

The ministry released the numbers to mark Children’s Day, a national holiday, on May 5.

Among those under 15 years old, 7.65 million are boys and 7.28 million are girls.

Japan has 3.24 million children between 12 and 14, and 2.65 million who are 2 years old or younger, the data showed.

The younger the age, the smaller the ratio of the overall population.

In 1950, children under 15 accounted for 35.4 percent of the population because of the first baby boom.

But the ratio started declining.

In 1997, people 65 or older made up 15.7 percent of the population, exceeding the 15.3 percent for those under 15.

The ministry compared Japan’s ratio of children with those in other countries with populations of 40 million or more.

Japan’s percentage was the lowest, although the ministry said it was difficult to do a strict comparison because the timing of the countries’ population surveys was different.

South Korea’s ratio was the second lowest, at 12.2 percent as of July 1, 2020, followed by Italy, at 13.3 percent as of July 1, 2018, and Germany, at 13.6 percent as of Jan. 1, 2019.

(Asahi Shimbun)

May 5, 2021

Source: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14342995

689-691-43-69/Country Profile

JAPAN2

JAPAN3

SUMMARY OF POLLS

ASIA

(China)

The Population Of China Increased By 5.38 Percent To 1.41 Billion In 2020 Census Compared With An Increase Of 5.84 Percent To 1.34 Billion In The 2010 Census

With growth having slowed ever since a one-child policy was introduced in the late 1970s, the 2020 results of the country’s once-a-decade census, published on Tuesday, showed the population of mainland China increased 5.38 percent to 1.41 billion. That compared with an increase of 5.84 percent to 1.34 billion in the 2010 census, and double-digit percentage rises in all of China’s previous six official population surveys dating back to 1953.

(Asahi Shimbun)

May 11, 2021

 

(Japan)

Japan’s Population Of Children Under 15 Shrank By 190,000 From A Year Earlier

Japan’s population of children under 15 shrank by 190,000 from a year earlier to an estimated 14.93 million as of April 1, the 40th consecutive year of decline, internal affairs ministry data showed.Children in that age group account for 11.9 percent of the entire population, the lowest level in the world, according to the ministry. The figure was 0.1 percentage point down from the previous year.The percentage has now dropped for 47 straight years.

(Asahi Shimbun)

May 5, 2021

44 Percent Of Japanese People Are In Favor Of Revisions In Constitution

The Asahi Shimbun began the annual survey on how the public views proposals for amending the Constitution, a key agenda pushed by Shinzo Abe, who was prime minister from December 2012 to September 2020. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party, led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, is also seeking revisions. The Constitution, drafted during the U.S.-led postwar occupation of Japan, has never been revised since it went into force in 1947.

(Asahi Shimbun)

May 3, 2021

 

(India)

Two In Five (19%) Indians Have Shown Willingness To Buy Pre-Owned/Second-Hand Cars

As the vaccination drive began in India and Covid was believed to be under control early this year, three in ten (29%) urban Indians said they were planning to buy a car, the data reveals. However, the second wave of the pandemic has disrupted their planning and only one in five (22%) out of them are likely to go ahead with their plan of buying a car, while some (13%) have completely given up their plan or have switched the category of the vehicle; to a two-wheeler now instead of a car (10).

(YouGov India)

May 11, 2021

Nearly Two-Thirds Of Urban Indians (64%) Are Worried They May Become Seriously Unwell Or Die Due To COVID

YouGov’s Covid19 Public Monitor has been tracking the public sentiment around the virus since last year when the pandemic first broke out in the world.  In May 2020, at the outset of the pandemic, only 45% of urban Indians were worried about their personal health getting affected due to covid. A year later as India faces a much deadlier wave of the virus with limited healthcare facilities; this number has gone up to 64%.

(YouGov India)
May 21, 2021

 

(Pakistan)

3 In 10 Pakistanis Concerned About Digitally Sharing Their Personal Information

According to a Gallup Pakistan Survey in Pakistan (and similar surveys done by WIN International across the world), 30% Pakistanis agreed that they are concerned about sharing their personal information. When asked about the necessity of sharing personal information, 24% Pakistanis think that sharing personal information is necessary nowadays. 43% Pakistanis (27% globally) are not fine with the privacy practices of most data collectors asking for their personal information. As far as awareness about digital rights and personal data privacy is concerned, 46% Pakistanis are not aware of what happens with their personal information after they share it with a data collector.

(Gallup Pakistan)

May 18, 2021

 

(South Korea)

New Prime Minister Of South Korea Kim Bu-Gyeom "Conformity" 38% Vs "Nonconformity" 26%

As a result of a survey of 1,000 adults on the 11th to 13th days before the appointment of Prime Minister Kim, by Gallup Korea (±3.1% points in the 95% confidence level of the sample error), 38% of respondents said that Prime Minister Kim is suitable for the post of Prime Minister. More than 26% of respondents said they didn't. 36% declined to comment. The response that it was appropriate both before and after the personnel hearing was more than the response that it was inappropriate. In the April 20-22 survey immediately after the Prime Minister's nomination, 34% of'conformity' and 18% of'nonconformity'. In this survey, after the personnel hearing, opinion reservations decreased, and both conformity and nonconformity consensus increased.

(Gallup Korea)

2021.05.14

Public Verification Of Personnel Hearings, 'Morality' 76 Percent Vs 'Policy Ability Only' 19 Percent

Only 19% of respondents chose'private verification for morality and public verification for policy capabilities'.5% reserved their opinion. When asked whether morality and policy ability should be prioritized when verifying candidates at the personnel hearing,'morality' and'policy ability' were tied at 47% each. In particular, those in their 20s and 30s who gave priority to'policy ability' were 65% and 62%, respectively, higher than those of other age groups.

(Gallup Korea)

2021-05-14

 

MENA                                                                                                                                               

(Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

MENA Advertiser Of The Month (April): Vimto

This Ramadan, Vimto came up with a campaign that helped the brand win YouGov's Advertiser of the Month. Data from YouGov BrandIndex shows the percentage of adults in KSA who saw Vimto’s ad during the month of April shot up by 11 points from 19% (April 1) to 30% (April 30).  The campaign attracted participation from across KSA which helped the Ad Awareness score of the brand to shoot up from 19% on April 1 to 30% on April 29.  

(YouGov MENA)
May 10, 2021

 

(UAE)

Global Village Has Emerged As The Top Mover This Year, With A Change In Score Of +14.2 Compared To Ramadan 2020 In UAE

YouGov BrandIndex data shows Global Village has emerged as the top mover this year, with a change in score of +14.2 compared to Ramadan 2020. Despite ongoing Covid19 operating procedures in place, Global Village decided to extend its open season into Ramadan this year. This extension, coupled with it being the silver jubilee (25th year) season, saw it promote its 25th world record-breaking event, which clearly reached a wide audience in Ramadan.

(YouGov MENA)
May 20, 2021

 

AFRICA

(Mauritius)

87 Percent Mauritians Think Social Media Makes People More Informed About Current Affairs

While a small share of citizens believe that the use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp makes people more susceptible to fake news and intolerance, a large majority say social media informs them about current events and helps them have an impact on political processes. The share of Mauritians who use social media every day has more than doubled over the past six year, from 32% in 2014 to 69% in 2020. Overall, citizens believe the effect of social media on society is positive.

(Afrobarometer)

5 May 2021

(Gambia)

63 Percent Gambians Get News From Television And 55 Percent Get From Social Media

An overwhelming majority of Gambians say the media is in fact free to do its work without government interference. The Gambia’s media environment has become somewhat less restrictive in recent years, including a 2018 Supreme Court decision that the criminalization of defamation is unconstitutional. The 2021 World Press Freedom Index ranked the Gambia 85th out of 180 countries in media freedom, up two spots from the previous year.

(Afrobarometer)

4 May 2021

(Tunisia)

Half Of Tunisian Citizens 49 Percent Are In Favor Of Press Freedom

According to the survey, most citizens are in favor of filtering press publications when they are false or hateful in nature. The survey therefore revealed that most citizens believe that the media and journalists“sometimes” or even “often” disclose information which they know to be false. Yet half of citizens believe that the government should be able to ban any publication of content that it disapproves of, though a downward trend.

(Afrobarometer)

May 7, 2021

 

WEST EUROPE

(UK)

Three In Four (76%) Religious People Indicated A Likelihood To Donate To A Charity

Asked about their likelihood to donate to a charity in the next three months, three in four (76%) religious people indicated a likelihood to do so, demonstrating a significantly higher propensity than the irreligious and non-practising group (56%). The difference may be at least partially explained by the fact that 17% of people in the religious group cited their religious belief as a motivation towards donating directly to a charity.

(YouGov UK)

May 05, 2021

One In Eleven NHS Workers Plan To Leave Healthcare Sector After Pandemic

YouGov’s research shows little difference between roles within the NHS, with 9% of staff in patient-facing roles saying it is unlikely for them to remain in the sector, as do 8% of those in non-patient-facing positions. However, the figure is higher among male NHS workers, one in seven of whom (14%) think it is unlikely they will work in the healthcare sector when the pandemic ends, twice that of women (7%) who said the same.

(YouGov UK)

May 05, 2021

Two In Five People Point To Housing (44%) And Crime (43%) As The Most Urgent Problems To Be Tackled By New Mayor

Londoners are heading to the ballot boxes today to elect or re-elect the next mayor. YouGov data shows that two in five people point to housing (44%) and crime (43%) as the most urgent problems to be tackled, while just over a third (36%) say it’s the economy. These issues are followed by health (32%), the environment (24%) and transport (18%). These issues largely match the main candidates’ pledges, with current mayor Sadiq Khan promising to build more council homes, crack down on crime and lower the cost of commuting.

(YouGov UK)

May 06, 2021

Four In Ten Britons Satisfied With Their Local Council, But Most In The North Of England Feel They Get Less National Spending Than Other Areas

Britons are more likely to say they’re satisfied than dissatisfied with the way their local council runs things, according to a new Ipsos MORI poll. The poll was conducted with 8,352 people aged 16+ across the United Kingdom. The survey reveals that two in five (40%) say that they’re satisfied with the way their local council runs things while a quarter (25%) say they’re dissatisfied. 

(Ipsos MORI)

7 May 2021

Three Quarters Of British Women (76%) Say Men In Society Don’t Pull Their Weight In Keeping Women And Girls Safe

Three quarters of women (76%) say men in society don’t pull their weight in keeping women and girls safe. Men tend to agree (63%), although a fifth (20%) consider their gender overall to be doing enough – almost three times the number of women who think so (7%). Seven in ten women (69%) also say the government’s efforts are lacking, compared with 59% of men. A majority of women (62%) similarly feel the police aren’t doing enough, while around half of men (52%) agree.

(YouGov UK)

May 10, 2021

Towards The End Of Last Year, Over Half Of The Public (53%) Said The Covid-19 Pandemic Had Negatively Affected Their Mental Wellbeing

Data from YouGov Direct conducted during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 reveals that Britons are most likely to believe that low availability of public services play the biggest role in preventing people from accessing treatment. Two in five say capacity issues such as long wait times (40%) are the largest barrier to seeking help, with social stigma coming a distant second (22%). NHS England data from April 2021 revealed that the number of people on waiting lists for all NHS treatment was at 4.7 million people – the highest number since records began in 2007. 

(YouGov UK)

May 14, 2021

Three In Ten Britons Feel Less Certain About Government’s Guidance For Which Activities You Should And Shouldn’t Do And Say It’s Either Not Very (19%) Or Not At All Clear (9%)

Critics are now attacking Boris Johnson for a reopening approach marked by “confusion”, which includes allowing travel but ministers saying you shouldn’t do it, and legalising hugging but advising “cautious cuddling”. But are the Britons as confused as commentators insist? Not according to the public themselves. Two thirds of people say the government’s guidance for which activities you should and shouldn’t do is very (19%) or fairly (48%) clear. Around three in ten feel less certain, however, and say it’s either not very (19%) or not at all clear (9%). 

(YouGov UK)

May 20, 2021

 

41% Of 18-24 Year Olds Now Say Britain Should Have An Elected Head Of State

Attitudes among young people to the monarchy have changed substantially since 2019. YouGov data from a number of our 2021 polls on the monarchy so far shows that 41% of 18-24 year olds now say Britain should have an elected head of state, while only 31% would like to see the monarchy continue. The results, which are likely to be cause for concern for Buckingham Palace, come after a turbulent start to 2021, with Harry and Meghan’s controversial Oprah interview in March and Prince Philip’s passing in April.

(YouGov UK)

May 21, 2021

 

Charging An Electric Car Vs Refuelling A Petrol Car, 14% Think It’s Better; 13% Think It’s The Same, And 64% Think It’s Worse

For all the positivity around the features of electric cars, a major sticking point for Britons when it comes to EVs is the hassle associated with charging a car compared to filling it up with petrol. A comfortable majority of the public thinks battery-powered vehicles are more inconvenient to run than petrol cars (64%), while just 14% think petrol cars are worse in this area. This extends to aesthetics: in terms of exterior design, three-quarters say they look the same or better (76%); when asked about interior design, four in five (80%) think they’re superior, while just 7% think they look inferior.

(YouGov UK)

May 21, 2021

 

(Denmark)

Home And EDC Are Real Estate Chains Get The Most Attention In Denmark

When it comes to attention, home and EDC share first place. An average of 18.4% of Danes have thus heard positive or negative mention of these chains through advertising, news, word-of-mouth or friends and family over the past year. In third and fourth place are Nybolig (15.3%) and danbolig (13.2%). From the four big real estate chains, there is a distance down to chains like Estate and Realmæglerne, which are fighting for fifth place with an attention score of resp. 6.2% and 6%.

(YouGov Denmark)
May 5, 2021

 

(Germany)

Every Third German Feels More Stressed In 2021 Than Before Corona, People With Children Most Often

A survey from the end of April 2021, compared to April 2020, showed that people in times of Corona feel more stressed this year than they did a year ago. At that time, 17 percent said they felt more stressed than before, in 2021 31 percent said they were more stressed, 14 percentage points more than a year ago. 51 percent currently do not notice any change in their stress level due to Corona.

(YouGov Germany)

May 7, 2021

Every Second Cyclist Wears A Protective Helmet At Least Now And Then When Cycling

Spring and summer are just around the corner - time to cycle again more often. The majority of Germans (63 percent) have their own bike, most of them a city bike (28 percent), and 14 percent own a cross bike or mountain bike. 10 percent of the German respondents state that they own an e-bike. 36 percent of Germans do not own a bicycle, including more women (40 percent) than men (31 percent). This was the result of a current survey in cooperation with Statista.

(YouGov Germany)

May 5, 2021

 

26 Percent Germans Praised The Government's Handling Of The Crisis In April 2021

At the beginning of 2021, the proportion of those who rated the federal government's handling of the crisis negatively was higher than the proportion of those who voted positively for the first time: in January 2021, 49 percent had a negative and 46 percent a positive image. According to current YouGov Corona Tracker data, a reversal of this trend can currently be seen: After only a quarter of all respondents (26 percent) praised the government's handling of the crisis in April 2021, the lowest value since the tracker began, attested in May 39 percent of the government is good practice.

(YouGov Germany)
May 21, 2021

 

(France)

This Month, The President Of The France Recovers 1 Point Of Favorable Opinions From The French (31% Of Favorable Opinions)

This month, the President of the Republic recovers 1 point of favorable opinions from the French (31% of favorable opinions) . In detail, the Head of State is making progress with all fringes of opinion except the moderate Left and the Far Right. Indeed, Emmanuel Macron gains 10 points from supporters of the Far Left (18% of favorable opinions), 5 points from supporters of the Center (82% of favorable opinions) and 2 points from supporters of the moderate Right. (36% favorable opinions). It loses, on the other hand, 2 points with sympathizers of the moderate Left (29% of favorable opinions) and of the Far Right (8% of favorable opinions).

(YouGov France)

May 7, 2021

 A Quarter Of 18-25 Years Old Say They Have Had Suicidal Thoughts Since The Start Of The Crisis (27%)

This distress experienced by young people since the start of the health crisis is all the more worrying as more than a quarter of them say they have had suicidal thoughts since the start of the crisis (27%), a proportion that has increased from 4 points in 9 months. Students and young people currently looking for a job appear to be particularly concerned (31% and 35% respectively).

(Ipsos France)

May 10, 2021

 

45% French Believe That Major Beauty Brands Do Not Care Enough About The Diversity Of Their Consumers

In terms of offer, consumers are largely satisfied with the diversity of the beauty sector , 77% of them saying they easily find products that match their physical characteristics.

When it comes to communication, things are more complicated: 51% are not represented in brand communication , especially men ( 59% of them), undoubtedly because they are targeted by far fewer products, but also the oldest ( 62% of 55- 75 years old) 45% believe that major beauty brands do not care enough about the diversity of their consumers.

(Ipsos France)

May 18, 2021

 

(Italy)                                                                  

9 May, Europe Day: The European Union In The Perception Of Italians

On 9 May the European Union celebrates Europe Day , in memory of the Schumann Declaration, which set the tone for the first European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). More than seventy years later, this anniversary remains unrecognized in Italy: only 5% of Italians know how to place this day among the May holidays (against over 90% who know how to place the Labor Day), a percentage that rises however 11% among young people aged 18-24. Only 10% say they are generally aware of Europe Day and its meaning, plus 25% who have heard of it.

(YouGov Italy)

May 7, 2021

8 Out Of 10 Italians And Italians Agree: Excess Doses Of The Anti-Covid 19 Vaccine Must Be Shared

8 out of 10 Italians and Italians agree: excess doses of the anti-COVID 19 vaccine must be shared, because only by eradicating the virus everywhere will the pandemic be put to an end. This emergency situation requires a response that goes beyond borders and national income differences (85%), with immunization that gives priority to the categories of people most vulnerable and at risk in the face of the threat of the virus (83%).  

(YouGov Italy)
May 11, 2021

 

(Spain)

40% Of Spaniards Do Not Agree With The Changes In The Measures Implemented In Their City After The Fall Of The State Of Alarm  

Young people between 18 and 34 years old are the group of the population that is most in favor of the changes in the measures (42% in both cases), compared to the rest of the population, where the most negative age group towards the arrival of This new normal would be between 45 and 54 years of age (46% do not agree with the new measures). 

(YouGov Spain)
May 13, 2021

 

Four Out Of Every Five Spanish Respondents (45%) Rejects The Fact That They Can Return To Stadium Fans

Last Wednesday, May 12, the return of the public to the stands of the professional football stadiums was approved. This measure will be valid only for communities in phase 1, with a cumulative incidence of less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. With this new measure, stadiums will be able to accommodate 30% of their capacity as long as they do not exceed 5,000 spectators, they must wear a mask and maintain a safety distance, among other rules.

(YouGov Spain)

May 20, 2021

 

(Hungary)

Only one in five Hungarians is vaccinated

Thanks to improving epidemic data and rising vaccination rates, the population is moving more freely and letting their children into the community, interacting with others. The rate of wearing a face mask was 87%, with a lower level most recently seen in November. The 73% mention of frequent hand washing against infection is the lowest in the history of the research series . The outlook for public transport and the event market is mild, with domestic tourism improving significantly over the past month.

(Ipsos Hungary)

May 20, 2021

 

NORTH AMERICA

(USA)

Three-Quarters Of White Evangelical Protestants (75%) Say They Disapprove Of The New President’s Performance So Far

Seven-in-ten religiously unaffiliated adults (71%) say they approve of how Biden is handling the job of president, compared with three-quarters (76%) who said they disapproved of Trump’s performance in April 2017. At the other end of the spectrum, three-quarters of White evangelical Protestants (75%) say they disapprove of the new president’s performance so far, which is about equal to the share who approved of Trump’s performance four years ago (73%).

(PEW)

MAY 4, 2021

70% Of U.S. Social Media Users Never Or Rarely Post Or Share About Political, Social Issues

Only 9% of adult social media users say they often post or share things about political or social issues on social media, according to newly released results from a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults conducted Sept. 8-13, 2020. Some 70% of social media users say they never (40%) or rarely (30%) do so.

(PEW)

MAY 4, 2021

Just 11% Of Republicans And Republican-Leaning Independents Say Trump’s Accounts Should Be Permanently Banned From Social Media

Americans are split on whether former President Donald Trump should be barred from social media. Some 49% of U.S. adults say Trump’s accounts should be permanently banned from social media, while half say they should not be. But views are deeply divided along partisan lines, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. And then – just like today – most Republicans (78%) said social media companies’ decisions to ban Trump’s accounts following the riots were the wrong thing to do, while a vast majority of Democrats (89%) supported these decisions.

(PEW)

MAY 5, 2021

About Six-In-Ten Americans Say Abortion Should Be Legal In All Or Most Cases

Today, a 59% majority of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 39% think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. These views are relatively unchanged in the past few years. The latest Pew Research Center survey, conducted April 5 to 11, finds deep disagreement between – and within – the parties over abortion. In fact, the partisan divide on abortion is far wider than it was two decades ago.

(PEW)

MAY 6, 2021

Around Half Of Americans (48%) See Gun Violence As A Very Big Problem In The Country Today

According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in April 2021. That’s comparable to the share who say the same about the federal budget deficit (49%), violent crime (48%), illegal immigration (48%) and the coronavirus outbreak (47%). Only one issue is viewed as a very big problem by a majority of Americans: the affordability of health care (56%). Another 24% of adults say gun violence is a moderately big problem. About three-in-ten say it is either a small problem (22%) or not a problem at all (6%).

(PEW)

MAY 11, 2021

Immigration Was A Top Focus Of Early Biden Coverage, Especially Among Outlets With Right-Leaning Audiences

The topic of immigration (which included all references to immigration, including broader trends and changes in law, as well as stories about the border with Mexico) accounted for about twice as many stories from outlets with right-leaning audiences (20%) as from news outlets with left-leaning audiences (8% of stories) and those with ideologically mixed audiences (10%). (Details about how news outlets were grouped can be found here.) Indeed, among those outlets with right-leaning audiences, immigration was the No. 1 topic among stories related to the new administration, well ahead of both the economy (14%) and health care (13%).

(PEW)

MAY 12, 2021

12% Of Us Jewish Adults Say They Attend Religious Services Weekly Or More Often, Compared With 27% Of The General Public And 38% Of Us Christians

12% of U.S. Jewish adults say they attend religious services weekly or more often, compared with 27% of the general public and 38% of U.S. Christians. And 21% of Jewish adults say religion is very important in their lives, compared with 41% of U.S. adults overall and 57% of Christians. Orthodox Jews – who make up 9% of all U.S. Jews – are a notable exception. They are among the most highly religious groups in U.S. society by these measures.

(PEW)

MAY 13, 2021

69% Of Adults Ages 20 To 29 Who Had Graduated From College During The Previous Spring Were Employed, Lower Than The Share Of 2019 Graduates Who Were Employed In October Of That Year (78%)

The labor force participation rate for recent college graduates – or the share of people employed or actively looking for a job – also dropped from 86% to 79% during this one-year period. As has been widely documented, the broader labor market took a significant hit during the pandemic. Among all Americans ages 16 and older, the employment rate declined from 61% in October 2019 to 58% in October 2020, and the labor force participation rate declined from 63% to 62%.

(PEW)

MAY 14, 2021

 

About Four-In-Ten (41%) Americans Say News Organizations Are Growing In Their Influence

When Americans were asked to evaluate the media’s standing in the nation, about four-in-ten (41%) say news organizations are growing in their influence, somewhat higher than the one-third (33%) who say their influence is declining, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted March 8-14, 2021. The remaining one-quarter of U.S. adults say they are neither growing nor declining in influence.

(PEW)

MAY 17, 2021

A Third Of Large US Newspapers Experienced Layoffs In 2020, More Than In 2019

Large-market newspapers – those with a Sunday circulation of 250,000 or more – were the most likely to suffer layoffs in 2020, with more than half of them experiencing staff cuts. That is unlike 2019, when cuts were roughly similar across the different tiers of circulation groups studied. Meanwhile, digital-native news outlets saw a slight uptick in layoffs in 2020 compared with 2019.

(PEW)

MAY 21, 2021

45% Of US Jewish Adults, And An Additional 37% Say Caring About Israel Is Important, But Not Essential

Israel, the world’s only Jewish-majority country, is a subject of special concern to many Jews in the United States. Caring about Israel is “essential” to what being Jewish means to 45% of U.S. Jewish adults, and an additional 37% say it is “important, but not essential,” according to a new Pew Research Center survey that was fielded from Nov. 19, 2019, to June 3, 2020 – well before the latest surge of violence in the region. Just 16% of U.S. Jewish adults say that caring about Israel is “not important” to their Jewish identity.

(PEW)

MAY 21, 2021

 

(Canada)

Liberals (38%) in the Driver’s Seat over Conservatives (29%) as Vaccination Rollout Hits its Stride

If the election were held tomorrow, 38% of decided voters would vote for the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau, unchanged since Ipsos/Global News post-budget survey last month. Three in ten (29%) would vote for Erin O’Toole’s Conservative Party, up 2 points since last month. Two in ten (21%) decided voters would cast their ballot for their local NDP candidate, led by Jagmeet Singh, also up 2 points. Yves-Francois Blanchet and the Bloc would receive 6% of the vote nationally, down 1 point (or 30% of the popular vote within in Quebec).

(Ipsos Canada)

18 May 2021

Seven In Ten (70%) Canadians Believe Summer 2021 Will Be A Disappointment Given The Ongoing Covid Restrictions

Given the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions that have been implemented throughout the country, a strong majority (70%) of Canadians agree (21% strongly/49% somewhat) that this summer will be a disappointment, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News. Those residing in Ontario and Atlantic provinces are the most likely to agree that summer 2021 will be a disappointment, while those in Quebec are least likely to agree (75%, 75% vs 62%). Perhaps not surprising, those who have not been vaccinated are more likely to agree that this summer will be a disappointment compared to those who have been vaccinated (74% vs 67%).

(Ipsos Canada)

20 May 2021

 

AUSTRALIA

(New Zealand)

New Zealand Government Lead Over Opposition Down To 14% In April – Smallest Lead Since January 2020

The governing parties are now 14% points ahead of the Parliamentary opposition National/Act NZ/Maori Party on 41%, up 6% points since March. Support for National has now recovered to its highest since last year’s election, up 6.5% points to 29.5%, and is the highest for exactly a year since April 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Roy Morgan)

May 03 2021

 

(Australia)

Movement In The Sydney, Melbourne And Adelaide Cbds Drops In Late April After Hitting Covid-19 Highs Over The Easter Holidays

Since school holidays ended average 7-day movement levels have declined across all Capital City CBDs including the Melbourne CBD (down 9% points to 43%), Sydney CBD (down 11% points to 48%), Brisbane CBD (down 12% points 63%) and Hobart CBD (down 16% points to 61%). The largest declines in average movement were seen in the Adelaide CBD (26%-point decline to 72%) and the Perth CBD which experienced a sharp 31%-point decline to 53% average movement as the city entered a snap three-day lockdown over the three-day ANZAC Day weekend.

(Roy Morgan)

May 03 2021

Australian Employment Hits A Record High Above 13 Million In April – Unemployment Down, But Offset By Rising Under-Employment

13,291,000 Australians were employed, up 542,000 from March driven by an increase in part-time employment, up 413,000 to a record high 4,757,000. Full-time employment was up 129,000 to 8,534,000. Unemployment dropped in April to its lowest since early March 2020 (pre-pandemic): 1,307,000 Australians were unemployed (9.0% of the workforce), down 332,000 from March. There were fewer people looking for both full-time work (down 75,000 to 593,000), or part-time work (down 257,000 to 714,000).

(Roy Morgan)

May 06 2021

A Huge Majority Of 93% Of Australians Said They Are More Likely To Buy Products Made In Australia

A huge majority of 93% of Australians said they are more likely to buy products made in Australia – up from 87% a year earlier. The big ‘loser’ during 2020 was Chinese-made goods with only 21% of Australians saying they’d be more likely to buy products made in China, a 9% points drop from 2019.

(Roy Morgan)

May 10 2021

Roy Morgan Business Confidence Hits 7-Year High Of 125.3 In April – Up 48.4 Pts (+62.9%) On A Year Ago

Business Confidence is now 11.6pts above the long-term average of 113.7 and nearly two-thirds, 65%, expect ‘good times’ for the Australian economy over the next 12 months and an increasing majority of 59.5% of businesses said the next 12 months is a ‘good time to invest in growing the business’. Business Confidence has now averaged 122.7 during the first four months of 2021, the best start to a year for the Index for a decade since 2011 – during the middle of the ‘Mining Boom’.

(Roy Morgan)

May 11 2021

Inflation Expectations Virtually Unchanged At 3.7% In April – Far Higher For Unemployed (4.5%) Than Full-Time Employees (3.4%)

Inflation Expectations are now 1% point below their long-term average of 4.7% but have increased by 0.5% points since reaching a record low of only 3.2% in August 2020. This is far higher than Australians employed either part-time on 3.9% (up 0.5% points) or full-time on 3.4% (up 0.8% points). Interestingly, Australians who are employed part-time but want more work, the under-employed, have Inflation Expectations of 4.4% (up 0.8% points) – almost as high as the unemployed.

(Roy Morgan)

May 11 2021

5.68 Million Australians (26.9% Of Those Aged 14+) In The March Quarter 2021, Intend To Take A Holiday During The Next 12 Months

Of these travellers there were 5.24 million set on taking a domestic holiday and a further 340,000 planning an overseas holiday – although according to this week’s Federal Budget the international borders are set to remain closed for holidaymakers until early next year. There were a small number of prospective travellers who couldn’t decide whether their holidays would be domestic or international.

(Roy Morgan)

May 14 2021

In 2020 Just 14% Of Australians Aged 14+ Attended Live Entertainment Activities Such As Theatre, Rock, Pop Or Music Concerts

Only 5% of Australians attended live theatre in an average three months in 2020, down from 14% in 2019, and just 5% went to rock, pop or music concerts, compared to 10% in 2019. Attendance at other activities including theatre restaurants, music festivals, jazz, classical, blues, ballet or opera performances also plunged during 2020. The re-opening of Australia that has occurred in 2021 and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines this year should lead to a boost in attendance at live entertainment activities although the threat of outbreaks means it is unlikely to approach the levels of 2019 just yet.

(Roy Morgan)

May 18 2021

Australians Have Nearly 175 Million Days Of Annual Leave Due – Up Over 23 Million Days From Early 2020

The accrued annual leave of nearly 175 million days is a record high total of accrued annual leave and represents an increase of 23.7 million (+15.7%) on the 151.2 million days of accrued annual leave Australians had available prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now over 6.69 million Australians (52.2% of paid workers) have at least 2 weeks of annual leave due, up from 6.14 million prior to the pandemic, while fewer than 1.38 million (10.8%) have less than 2 weeks due compared to over 1.54 million (12.6%) pre-pandemic.

(Roy Morgan)

May 18 2021

In 2020 Only 24% Of Australians Said They’d Be More Likely To Buy Clothes If They Knew The Clothes Were ‘Made In China’, Down 7% Points From 2019

In 2020 only 24% of Australians said they’d be more likely to buy clothes if they knew the clothes were ‘Made in China’, down 7% points from 2019. The same trend was evident for Chinese-made electrical goods with 23% (down 5% points from 2019) of Australians saying they’d be more likely to buy the product if they knew it was ‘Made in China’, mobile phones on 22% (down 4%), footwear on 17% (down 6%) and sporting goods on 14% (down 3%).

(Roy Morgan)

May 18 2021

 

MULTICOUNTRY STUDIES

A Closer Look At The European Criteria For Grocery Purchases Shows That The Main Criteria Are Product Quality (88%) And Good Prices (82%)

A closer look at the European criteria for grocery purchases shows that the main criteria are product quality (88%) and good prices (82%). Sustainable development is less important (53%), but there are differences between countries. Italians (72%), Turks (72%) and Spaniards (70%) consider the sustainability of products more important, while Norwegians (29%), Danes (39%) and Finns (41%) consider it less important. 

(YouGov Finland)

May 4, 2021

Source: https://yougov.fi/news/2021/05/04/eurooppalaiset-kuluttajat-ovat-muuttaneet-ostotott/

Ideological Divisions Over Cultural Issues Are Far Wider In The U.S. Than In The UK, France And Germany

When it comes to the importance of being born in the country, around a third on the U.S. right (32%) think it is very important for being American, compared with no more than 24% of those on the right in any other country. Similarly, those on America’s ideological right (57%) are more likely than their counterparts in France (47%), Germany (39%) and the UK (29%) to say that sharing national customs and traditions is very important to national identity.

(PEW)

MAY 5, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/05/ideological-divisions-over-cultural-issues-are-far-wider-in-the-u-s-than-in-the-uk-france-and-germany/

Nearly Half (46%) Of Consumers In 17 Global Markets Use Zoom To Communicate Regularly

Since the advent of COVID-19, Zoom has become more than just a workmate, becoming in some markets even a verb (“Let's Zoom!”) Or a real synonym for “video call”. Now, as parts of the world slowly emerge from restrictions and more people return to the office, YouGov data shows just how popular Zoom is and how it compares to other competing services. Nearly half (46%) of consumers in 17 global markets use Zoom to communicate regularly, while about three in ten (29%) use Microsoft Teams and a quarter (25%) use Skype. 

(YouGov Italy)

May 10, 2021

Source: https://it.yougov.com/news/2021/05/10/global-data-la-popolarita-di-zoom-rispetto-ad-altr/

About Three Out Of Four Adults Globally Agree That In Order To Enter Their Country, Travelers Are Required To Have Covid-19 Vaccine Passports

78% agree that travelers must have a vaccine passport in order to travel into their country. The countries that agree most are Malaysia (92%) and Peru (92%).73% agree that vaccine passes would be effective in making travel and major events safe; a majority in each country agrees - from 84% in China and Argentina to 52% in Hungary. 55% agree that vaccine passports should be required in shops, restaurants and offices in all countries. Those who support this most are India, where 78% agree, and those who support it least are in Poland (55%), the United States (52%) and Belgium (52%).

(Ipsos Denmark)

11 May 2021

Source: https://www.ipsos.com/da-dk/den-globale-befolkning-stotter-op-om-coronapas-til-internationale-rejser

The Majority Of Nordic Countries State That They Eat Healthier In The Form Of More Vegetables (31%) And Less Alcohol (26%) And Sugar (24%)

Across the Nordic countries, the majority state that they eat healthier, eg in the form of more vegetables (31%) and less alcohol (26%) and sugar (24%), Many have also cut back on meat - primarily beef (17%), pork (17%) and processed meat (16%). In all four countries, the intake of snacks has increased - but mostly in Denmark and Norway, where a quarter (24% and 23% respectively) state that they have eaten more snacks during lockdown. It is especially women, the younger part of the population and households with children who have increased their snack intake.

(YouGov Denmark)

May 16, 2021

Source: https://yougov.dk/news/2021/05/16/hvordan-har-et-ar-med-corona-pavirket-vores-madvan/

In UAE And Saudi, The Intent To Travel Domestically Or Within The MENA Region Increased Slightly

Data from the study shows six in ten surveyed respondents (59%) in the UAE and Saudi Arabia said they took a leisure trip (domestic or international) in 2020. In 2021, an appetite for travel has improved, and more than seven in ten (72%) residents said they have already or intend to travel this year. This is one of the highest rates in the world.

(YouGov MENA)
May 17, 2021

Source: https://mena.yougov.com/en/news/2021/05/17/appetite-travel-recovers-middle-east-majority-resi/

45% Of The Global Population Is Concerned About Sharing Their Personal Information Digitally

More than half of people in the American continent (54%) feel concerned about sharing their information digitally. The share of concerned people in other areas of the world remains significant: in the APAC region, 45% are concerned about sharing personal information digitally, and in Europe 43%. Interestingly, the Africa region experienced a very significant drop of 22 points compared to last year (from 50% to 28%).

(WIN)

17 May 2021

Source: https://winmr.com/sharing-personal-information-digitally-almost-half-of-the-global-population-is-concerned/

Globally, About Three In Four Adults (78%) Are In Favor Of Requiring A Vaccination Passport For Travelers 

Globally, about three in four adults (78%) are in favor of requiring a vaccination passport for travelers wishing to enter their country. They are slightly less numerous in France: seven out of ten are in favor (including 40% 'very favorable') , a similar proportion with the United States and the Germans. A majority is in any case convinced of its effectiveness in making travel and major events more secure in terms of health (73% worldwide - France is a little below 65%) .

(Ipsos France)

May 17, 2021

Source: https://www.ipsos.com/fr-fr/passeport-vaccinal-7-francais-sur-10-favorables-des-inquietudes-fortes-sur-le-partage-des-donnees

Ipsos’s Global Consumer Confidence Index Shows A Month-To-Month Gain Of Nine-Tenths Of A Point, Sitting Just 2.3 Points Below Its Pre-Pandemic Level Of January 2020

Eight countries have a National Index above 50: China (72.6), Saudi Arabia (65.7), the U.S. (59.5), Sweden (57.3), Australia (56.6), Great Britain (54.2), India (53.0) and Germany (52.4). Only two countries have a National Index below 35: Turkey (30.0) and Argentina (34.4). Once again, the three countries in the survey showing the highest levels of month-over-month growth (the U.S., Israel, and Great Britain) are also those leading in vaccination rollout as per Oxford University data.

(Ipsos Egypt)

19 May 2021

Source: https://www.ipsos.com/en-eg/global-consumer-confidence-eighth-month-row

About Six-In-Ten American Adults (62%), Including Majorities In Nearly Every Demographic Group, Support Increasing The Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

Most Americans favor raising the federal minimum wage, which has been $7.25 an hour since 2009. About six-in-ten adults (62%), including majorities in nearly every demographic group, support increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Even among the 38% of Americans who oppose a $15 minimum, most say they’d support a smaller increase, according to an April Pew Research Center survey.

(PEW)

MAY 20, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/20/the-u-s-differs-from-most-other-countries-in-how-it-sets-its-minimum-wage/


 

ASIA

689-691-43-01/Poll

The Population Of China Increased By 5.38 Percent To 1.41 Billion In 2020 Census Compared With An Increase Of 5.84 Percent To 1.34 Billion In The 2010 Census

BEIJING--China’s population growth in the decade to 2020 slumped to the least in official records dating back to the 1950s, fueling pressure on Beijing to ramp up incentives to couples to have more children and avert an irreversible decline.

With growth having slowed ever since a one-child policy was introduced in the late 1970s, the 2020 results of the country’s once-a-decade census, published on Tuesday, showed the population of mainland China increased 5.38 percent to 1.41 billion.

That compared with an increase of 5.84 percent to 1.34 billion in the 2010 census, and double-digit percentage rises in all of China’s previous six official population surveys dating back to 1953.

The number meant China narrowly missed a target it set in 2016 to boost its population to about 1.42 billion by 2020. In 2016, China replaced its one-child policy--initially imposed to halt a population explosion at the time--with a two-child limit.

In recent months, China’s state media has been increasingly bleak on the outlook, saying the population may start to shrink in the next few years. The United Nations predicts the number of people living in mainland China will peak in 2030 before declining.

But in late April, the Financial Times newspaper said the population actually fell in 2020 from a year earlier, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.

The 2020 number was actually slightly higher than the 1.4005 billion in 2019 estimated in a smaller official survey released in February last year.

China has long worried about its population growth as it seeks to bolster its economic rise and boost prosperity.

One bright spot in the census data was an unexpected increase in the proportion of young people--17.95 percent of the population was 14 or younger in 2020, compared with 16.6 percent in 2010.

FALLING BIRTH RATE

From 2016 to 2019, the annual birth rate mostly declined with the exception of 2016. China has yet to disclose the birth rate for 2020.

“A sharp decline in the number of births is a sure thing, and all kinds of evidence support this claim,” said Huang Wenzheng, a demography expert at the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing-based think-tank.

“It doesn’t take published census data to determine that China is facing a massive drop in births,” Huang said. Even if China’s population didn’t decline in 2020, the expert said, “it will in 2021 or 2022, or very soon.”

Urban couples, particularly those born after 1990, value their independence and careers more than raising a family despite parental pressure to have children.

Surging living costs in China’s big cities, a huge source of babies due to their large populations, have also deterred couples from having children.

According to a 2005 report by a state think-tank, it cost 490,000 yuan ($74,838) for an ordinary family in China to raise a kid. By 2020, local media reported that the cost had risen to as high as 1.99 million yuan--four times the 2005 number.

“Having a kid is a devastating blow to career development for women at my age,” said Annie Zhang, a 26-year-old insurance professional in Shanghai who got married in April last year.

“Secondly, the cost of raising a kid is outrageous (in Shanghai),” she said, in comments made before the 2020 census was published. “You bid goodbye to freedom immediately after giving birth.”

(Asahi Shimbun)

May 11, 2021

Source: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14346249

689-691-43-02/Poll

Japan’s Population Of Children Under 15 Shrank By 190,000 From A Year Earlier

Japan’s population of children under 15 shrank by 190,000 from a year earlier to an estimated 14.93 million as of April 1, the 40th consecutive year of decline, internal affairs ministry data showed.

Children in that age group account for 11.9 percent of the entire population, the lowest level in the world, according to the ministry. The figure was 0.1 percentage point down from the previous year.

The percentage has now dropped for 47 straight years.

On the other hand, people 65 or older account for 28.9 percent of the population, up 0.3 percentage point from the previous year.

Although the government has long vowed to battle the demographic change, the numbers show that Japan’s declining birthrate and the graying of society have progressed further.

The ministry released the numbers to mark Children’s Day, a national holiday, on May 5.

Among those under 15 years old, 7.65 million are boys and 7.28 million are girls.

Japan has 3.24 million children between 12 and 14, and 2.65 million who are 2 years old or younger, the data showed.

The younger the age, the smaller the ratio of the overall population.

In 1950, children under 15 accounted for 35.4 percent of the population because of the first baby boom.

But the ratio started declining.

In 1997, people 65 or older made up 15.7 percent of the population, exceeding the 15.3 percent for those under 15.

The ministry compared Japan’s ratio of children with those in other countries with populations of 40 million or more.

Japan’s percentage was the lowest, although the ministry said it was difficult to do a strict comparison because the timing of the countries’ population surveys was different.

South Korea’s ratio was the second lowest, at 12.2 percent as of July 1, 2020, followed by Italy, at 13.3 percent as of July 1, 2018, and Germany, at 13.6 percent as of Jan. 1, 2019.

(Asahi Shimbun)

May 5, 2021

Source: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14342995

689-691-43-03/Poll

44 Percent Of Japanese People Are In Favor Of Revisions In Constitution

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Voters were nearly equally divided on whether the Constitution should be revised, according to a survey by The Asahi Shimbun.

The survey, conducted ahead of Constitution Day on May 3, showed 45 percent backed constitutional revisions, up from 43 percent in last year’s survey, while 44 percent said changes were unnecessary, down from 46 percent.

The gap between the two camps was the narrowest since the 2013 survey.

The Asahi Shimbun began the annual survey on how the public views proposals for amending the Constitution, a key agenda pushed by Shinzo Abe, who was prime minister from December 2012 to September 2020. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party, led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, is also seeking revisions.

The Constitution, drafted during the U.S.-led postwar occupation of Japan, has never been revised since it went into force in 1947.

War-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution has long been a target of those who want changes, including Abe.

According to the survey, 61 percent supported the article as it is, more than double the 30 percent who were in favor of revising it.

In the 2020 survey, 65 percent were opposed to revising Article 9, while 27 percent backed an amendment.

Fifty-five percent of voters in their 30s were in favor of constitutional revisions, the largest group by age. Voters in their 70s or older were the least enthusiastic about amendments, with only 35 percent backing revisions.

In the survey, respondents were asked to choose up to three reasons from among eight provided.

Among pro-revision voters, the most common reason selected for their stance was “a lack of sufficient provisions concerning defense,” at 58 percent, followed by the Constitution is “getting old,” at 46 percent, and “it does not reflect the national characteristic because it was imposed by the United States,” at 35 percent.

The three most common answers chosen by respondents against revisions were: “the Constitution brought peace to Japan,” at 71 percent; “there is no major problem with the Constitution that needs to be revised,” at 41 percent; and “the Constitution has taken root among the public,” at 40 percent.

Asked if they thought about the supreme law in their daily life, 68 percent of all respondents chose “not at all” or “not so much,” while 30 percent chose “often” or “sometimes,” the survey showed.

It also found that 61 percent of respondents in favor of revisions do not give much thought or pay close attention to the Constitution, while 39 percent said they do.

The survey also showed the text of Article 9 and asked the voters for their views.

In the 2013 survey, 52 percent were opposed to revising Article 9, while 39 supported changes.

But in the following surveys, including the latest one, more than 60 percent of respondents rejected amendments to the article.

Asked to choose from among four answers to the question of whether momentum is building for revisions, 19 percent chose “significantly” or “to some extent.”

In comparison, 76 percent picked the remaining two answers: “not at all” or “not so much.”

The ratio of respondents who think momentum is gathering for constitutional revisions was 22 percent in 2019, 21 percent in 2020 and 19 percent in 2021.

The comparable figures for those who feel otherwise was 72 percent in 2019, 76 percent in 2020 and 76 percent in 2021.

The LDP is pushing to add an article to the Constitution that allows the Cabinet to issue a directive under a state of emergency and temporarily restrict people’s rights during contingencies, rather than waiting for the Diet to enact a law.

When voters were asked about the emergency article for the first time in the 2019 survey, and given three answers to choose from, 55 percent picked Japan should “respond to emergencies without revising the Constitution.”

The figure in the latest survey was 54 percent.

Thirty-three percent chose “the Constitution should be revised to deal with emergencies,” up from 28 percent in 2019.

Six percent in the latest survey selected “there is no need to revise the Constitution in the first place” in relation to emergencies.

The survey was conducted between early March and mid-April by sending questionnaires to 3,000 eligible voters selected randomly across the nation. Valid answers were received from 2,175 respondents, or 73 percent of the total.

(Asahi Shimbun)

May 3, 2021

Source: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14342228

689-691-43-04/Poll

Two In Five (19%) Indians Have Shown Willingness To Buy Pre-Owned/Second-Hand Cars

The coronavirus-induced economic slowdown impacted many industries and businesses, including the automotive sector. India's second COVID wave might derail the country’s economic recovery, adding to the worries of carmakers. YouGov’s latest study looks into the impact of the pandemic on the auto industry and reveals how car purchase plans have changed post the second wave.

As the vaccination drive began in India and Covid was believed to be under control early this year, three in ten (29%) urban Indians said they were planning to buy a car, the data reveals. However, the second wave of the pandemic has disrupted their planning and only one in five (22%) out of them are likely to go ahead with their plan of buying a car, while some (13%) have completely given up their plan or have switched the category of the vehicle; to a two-wheeler now instead of a car (10).

Others experienced changes in the form of postponement of their plan to buy a car (29%), change in their budget (27%) or change in the car type that they planned to buy (19%). Interestingly, two in five (19%) respondents have shown willingness to buy pre-owned/second-hand cars, which is a positive sign for pre-owned car dealers.

Not only plans, but the second wave of the pandemic has also even disrupted the timelines to buy a car. Initially, almost two in five (37%) consumers were planning to make a purchase within three months. However, with the second wave hitting the country, this number has fallen to 19%.

Most people seem to have pushed their car buying decisions to a later period and are looking to purchase a car somewhere between 4-6 or 7-12 months from now.

Likewise, there have been changes in the car types that people want to purchase now, with many turning towards more value-conscious options. Before the second wave, hatchbacks were the most popular cars people wanted to buy, followed by premium hatch cars.

Preferences have changed post the second wave of the pandemic and entry-level sedans (Dzire, Amaze, Tigor, Altroz, etc) have seen the greatest shift in demand between the two periods. From 13% who were planning to buy this model earlier this year to 21% looking to buy this type of car now. On the other hand, premium sedans have seen a decline (from 11% to 5%).

Premium hatchbacks and MUVs have also seen a growth in preference by 3% each.

Within the SUV segment, the demand for compact (11%) mid (7% vs 6%) & premium SUVs (6%) remained static.

Although people admit to their plans getting affected by the pandemic, their reasons to change their plans vary. A large majority of people are waiting for the situation to improve (43%), hence, delaying their plans to buy a car by few months.

28% have suffered financially (job/health) to stick with their planned purchase while a third are holding back as they want to save money for unforeseen situations

Some (31%) have voiced their inability to use a vehicle because of staying home for an extended period as the reason to change their plan.

Commenting on this, Sanjeev Jha of YouGov India, said, “The pandemic has brought about marked changes in consumers’ car buying plans in India. The outbreak has affected customers’ finances, driving a conservative outlook in them and diverting them to more immediate needs. As consumers wait for the situation to improve, auto manufacturers will have to understand changing consumer preferences and devise innovative strategies to offer cost-effective or better financing options to them.

Regular understanding of the changing plans of customers will help the automakers efficiently plan their production and inventory management at the dealers’ end. The players in the pre-owned car market should reach out to the prospective customers aggressively and offer the safety of a car at a pocket-friendly price.”

(YouGov India)

May 11, 2021

Source: https://in.yougov.com/en-hi/news/2021/05/11/most-urban-indians-wanting-buy-car-have-delayed-th/

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New Prime Minister Of South Korea Kim Bu-Gyeom "Conformity" 38% Vs "Nonconformity" 26%

As a result of a survey of 1,000 adults on the 11th to 13th days before the appointment of Prime Minister Kim, by Gallup Korea (±3.1% points in the 95% confidence level of the sample error), 38% of respondents said that Prime Minister Kim is suitable for the post of Prime Minister. More than 26% of respondents said they didn't. 36% declined to comment.

The response that it was appropriate both before and after the personnel hearing was more than the response that it was inappropriate. In the April 20-22 survey immediately after the Prime Minister's nomination, 34% of'conformity' and 18% of'nonconformity'. In this survey, after the personnel hearing, opinion reservations decreased, and both conformity and nonconformity consensus increased.

It is also peculiar that the opinion of'conformity' is predominant in the characteristics of most respondents. The response that it is suitable for all regions and age groups predominated. In particular, Gallup pointed out that "public opinion in Gwangju, Jeolla, Daegu, and Gyeongbuk is often opposed, but for candidate Kim Bu-gyeom, it is remarkable that 40% of candidates are suitable for both regions."

The characteristics of the respondents with the predominance of nonconformity were the support of the people (45%), ideological conservative tendencies (37%), and negative evaluators for the performance of the presidential duties (38%). At 29%, it was not a pattern that was largely focused on inadequacy.

 

76% of "personnel hearings need to be publicly verified not only of abilities but also of morality"

Together with Democratic Party representative Song Young-gil, speaking at the Supreme Council Meeting held at the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul on the 14th. Representative Song insisted that the personnel hearing should be a two-track verification of competence and morality, but the public opinion surveyed that 71% opposed it. News 1

Responding to the proposal that "a two-track personnel hearing should be conducted to verify the candidate's ability to be public and morality to be privately verified," 76% of the survey respondents indicated that "the candidate's morality and policy ability should both be publicly verified." 19% of respondents said, "Let's keep the morality verification private and the policy capability verification public."

The two-track proposal for a personnel hearing was discussed with the opposition parties at the end of last year, and President Moon Jae-in also expressed similar opinions in the recent 4th anniversary special speech. However, unlike the political world, this proposal is far from the sentiment of the people.

In the same questionnaire,'morality' and'policy ability' were tied at 47%, respectively, to the question of whether morality and policy ability should be prioritized when verifying candidates at a personnel hearing.

However, even if only those who answered that competency verification should be prioritized over morality in this question, 69% of the respondents said that "morality should also be publicly verified" for the personnel hearing method was found to be far more dominant.

(Gallup Korea)

2021.05.14

Source: https://www.hankookilbo.com/News/Read/A2021051412010000940

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Public Verification Of Personnel Hearings, 'Morality' 76 Percent Vs 'Policy Ability Only' 19 Percent

When Gallup Korea asked 1,000 men and women over the age of 18 on the 11th to 13th of the year, 76% of respondents chose'open verification of both morality and policy capabilities'.

Only 19% of respondents chose'private verification for morality and public verification for policy capabilities'.5% reserved their opinion.

In the same survey in November of last year, 71% of'open verification of all policies' and 23% of'public verification of policy capabilities only' yielded similar results.

When asked whether morality and policy ability should be prioritized when verifying candidates at the personnel hearing,'morality' and'policy ability' were tied at 47% each.

In particular, those in their 20s and 30s who gave priority to'policy ability' were 65% and 62%, respectively, higher than those of other age groups.

New Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom goes to work

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Seung-Doo Kim = New Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom is on the morning of the 14th to work at the Sejong-ro Government Complex in Seoul.President Moon Jae-in approved the appointment of Prime Minister Kim at 7 am on the same day.2021.5.14 kimsdoo@yna.co.kr

When asked about the suitability for the appointment of the new Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom, 38% of the voters answered that it is'suitable' and 26% answered that it is'not suitable'.36% declined to comment.

The margin of error for this survey is ±3.1% with a 95% confidence level.

(Gallup Korea)

2021-05-14

Source: https://www.yna.co.kr/view/AKR20210514062000001?input=1195m

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Nearly Two-Thirds Of Urban Indians (64%) Are Worried They May Become Seriously Unwell Or Die Due To COVID

Nearly two-thirds of urban Indians (64%) are worried they may become seriously unwell or die due to Covid, YouGov’s latest data reveals.

YouGov’s Covid19 Public Monitor has been tracking the public sentiment around the virus since last year when the pandemic first broke out in the world.  In May 2020, at the outset of the pandemic, only 45% of urban Indians were worried about their personal health getting affected due to covid. A year later as India faces a much deadlier wave of the virus with limited healthcare facilities; this number has gone up to 64%.

Until last year, people were most concerned about a long-lasting negative impact of the virus on society as well as their finances getting severely affected due to the pandemic. Many were concerned about their friends or family becoming seriously unwell or dying (56%) or their children’s education (50%) suffering due to the crisis. Concerns about losing their jobs or their personal health were much less- at 45% each.

With more people contracting the virus this year, concerns over personal health have intensified over the year; with a 19-percentage point increase between the two periods (from 45% in May’20 to 68% in May 21). Similarly, fear about losing a loved one has also increased by 12- percentage points during this time. Given the current situation, it seems there is a greater focus on worries surrounding one’s family and personal health than concerns over one’s finances or job.

This increase in worry corresponds with the public’s failing confidence in the government and health system.

In May last year, trust in the various institutions was high and a large majority of urban Indians said they trusted the healthcare professionals (87%), the government (83%), and the media (67%) on the Covid-19 situation. A year later, trust has gone down for each, but confidence in the government has taken the biggest hit, going down by 24%.

Desperate to battle the crisis, citizens have turned towards vaccines. Data from YouGov’s Public Monitor shows 67% felt comfortable taking the vaccine in January when it was first rolled out. After the second wave hit the country in February, there has been an increase in the number of people who either have already or are willing to take the vaccine- at 76% as of May 2021.

Although people are gearing up to take the vaccine, the current shortage of doses could add to their worries and we may have to wait to see how public opinion changes in this regard.

(YouGov India)
May 21, 2021

Source: https://in.yougov.com/en-hi/news/2021/05/21/concerns-about-personal-health-soar-india-battles-/

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3 In 10 Pakistanis Concerned About Digitally Sharing Their Personal Information

According to a Gallup Pakistan Survey in Pakistan (and similar surveys done by WIN International across the world), 30% Pakistanis agreed that they are concerned about sharing their personal information. When asked about the necessity of sharing personal information, 24% Pakistanis think that sharing personal information is necessary nowadays. 43% Pakistanis (27% globally) are not fine with the privacy practices of most data collectors asking for their personal information. As far as awareness about digital rights and personal data privacy is concerned, 46% Pakistanis are not aware of what happens with their personal information after they share it with a data collector.

WIN International, the world’s leading association in market research and polling, has published the Annual WIN World Survey (WWS – 2020) exploring the views and beliefs of 26,433 individuals among citizens from 34 countries across the globe about the privacy of digital information. The survey for Pakistan was conducted by Gallup Pakistan during 5th to 15th November 2020. The sample size was 1103 respondents and CATI methodology was used.

(Gallup Pakistan)

May 18, 2021

Source: https://gallup.com.pk/post/31737

 

 

 

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MENA Advertiser Of The Month (April): Vimto

Vimto is a drink that has been dear to many Arab hearts for years, especially during Ramadan. It is the choice for many who prefer Vimto for breaking their fasts at Iftar. Vimto is also known for its innovations in flavours, including dates-flavoured drink, and ads - sharing videos of celebrating Ramadan virtually with family during the lockdown.   

This Ramadan, Vimto came up with a campaign that helped the brand win YouGov's Advertiser of the Month. Data from YouGov BrandIndex shows the percentage of adults in KSA who saw Vimto’s ad during the month of April shot up by 11 points from 19% (April 1) to 30% (April 30).  

To celebrate Ramadan, the beverage brand released DIY videos of used Vimto bottle. The campaign asked Vimto fans to decorate the used bottles and post pictures tagging Vimto’s social media pages with hashtags #VimtoCreations and #SweetMeetings.  

The campaign attracted participation from across KSA which helped the Ad Awareness score of the brand to shoot up from 19% on April 1 to 30% on April 29.  

As Vimto's marketing brains would wish, the campaign appeared to also have a positive impact on the brand’s Impression and Recommendation scores too. At the start of the month, 16% of adults in KSA indicated they had a positive impression of Vimto – that figure shot up to 24% by April 30. Vimto’s recommendation score, which tracks the percentage of people who would recommend a brand to others, rose to 22% (April 30) from 14% (April 1). 

(YouGov MENA)
May 10, 2021

Source: https://mena.yougov.com/en/news/2021/05/10/mena-advertiser-month-april-vimto/

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Global Village Has Emerged As The Top Mover This Year, With A Change In Score Of +14.2 Compared To Ramadan 2020 In UAE

Ramadan 2020, the first Ramadan in the midst of the ongoing global pandemic saw reduced marketing activity from many brands as budgets were slashed. By comparing Ad Awareness scores for the Ramadan period this year vs the previous year, YouGov have identified some interesting trends in terms of whose communications are reaching more of the adult population in the country.

The top 10 list has been compiled using the Ad Awareness score- which measures whether a respondent has seen any advertising for the brand in the past 2 weeks.

YouGov BrandIndex data shows Global Village has emerged as the top mover this year, with a change in score of +14.2 compared to Ramadan 2020.

Despite ongoing Covid19 operating procedures in place, Global Village decided to extend its open season into Ramadan this year. This extension, coupled with it being the silver jubilee (25th year) season, saw it promote its 25th world record-breaking event, which clearly reached a wide audience in Ramadan.

The Ramadan campaign had a positive impact on the brand’s Ad Awareness, raising its score from 20.6 during Ramadan 2020 to 34.8 during Ramadan 2021.

Notably, the list of top movers is dominated by destinations and leisure & entertainment venues all vying to attract customers back to their properties after a challenging year. Given Ramadan typically sees families spending more time together, it’s not surprising that these family destinations have been pushing their message to visit out strongly during this period.

Additionally, online retailer, Noon.com was the second-best improver, with a change in score of +11.1. Aligning with the spirit of Ramadan, the e-retail giant extended daily deals and discounts, giving up to 75% off on groceries and household items, especially useful for households hard hit by the pandemic.

It seems UAE residents have responded to the communications as the brand noted a significant improvement in its Ad Awareness this festive season vs the previous year.

Talabat.com is the third-best improver, with an Ad Awareness bump of +7.9. The leading food-delivery platform partnered with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) to launch ‘Ramadan Heroes’ campaign with the aim of providing iftar meals to those in need. The virtual charity endeavor struck a chord with people and helped the brand enhance its Ad Awareness this Ramadan.

Similarly, Starbucks joined the festivities by introducing Ramadan cups as a seasonal edition. The holiday cups seem to have attracted customers’ attention, raising the brand’s Ad Awareness by +6.7 compared to last Ramadan.  

Swedish retail giant IKEA and ADNOC also made the top ten list- at sixth (6.6) and seventh (6.4), respectively.

(YouGov MENA)
May 20, 2021

Source: https://mena.yougov.com/en/news/2021/05/20/yougov-brandindex-data-reveal-top-ten-year-year-mo/

 

AFRICA

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87 Percent Mauritians Think Social Media Makes People More Informed About Current Affairs

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A majority of Mauritians want unrestricted access to the Internet and social media, Afrobarometer’s recent national survey finds.

While a small share of citizens believe that the use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp makes people more susceptible to fake news and intolerance, a large majority say social media informs them about current events and helps them have an impact on political processes.

The share of Mauritians who use social media every day has more than doubled over the past six year, from 32% in 2014 to 69% in 2020. Overall, citizens believe the effect of social media on society is positive.

(Afrobarometer)

5 May 2021

Source: https://afrobarometer.org/press/mauritians-value-unrestricted-access-internet-and-social-media-afrobarometer-study-shows

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63 Percent Gambians Get News From Television And 55 Percent Get From Social Media

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Most Gambians support media freedom in principle but endorse government interference to prevent the publication of false news, hate speech, and views that criticize or insult the president, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

An overwhelming majority of Gambians say the media is in fact free to do its work without government interference.

Most Gambians get their news from the radio and television, the survey shows, but social media and the Internet are also major sources of regular news. At the same time, a majority of citizens blame social media users for knowingly spreading false news.

The Gambia’s media environment has become somewhat less restrictive in recent years, including a 2018 Supreme Court decision that the criminalization of defamation is unconstitutional. The 2021 World Press Freedom Index ranked the Gambia 85th out of 180 countries in media freedom, up two spots from the previous year.

(Afrobarometer)

4 May 2021

Source: https://afrobarometer.org/press/gambians-support-media-freedom-want-government-prevent-false-news-and-hate-speech

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Half Of Tunisian Citizens 49 Percent Are In Favor Of Press Freedom

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The majority of Tunisians believe the media are free, according to Afrobarometer's most recent survey.

Yet half of citizens believe that the government should be able to ban any publication of content that it disapproves of, though a downward trend.

Support for press freedom has improved in Tunisia - half of citizens are in favor - since Afrobarometer last asked their opinion on this issue in 2018.

According to the survey, most citizens are in favor of filtering press publications when they are false or hateful in nature. The survey therefore revealed that most citizens believe that the media and journalists
“sometimes” or even “often” disclose information which they know to be false.

This Afrobarometer survey is all the more relevant as it presents the opinion of citizens in a context where Tunisia is losing one place in the global press freedom ranking conducted by Reporters Without Borders for the year 2021. .

(Afrobarometer)

May 7, 2021

Source: https://afrobarometer.org/press/la-majorite-des-tunisiens-affirment-que-la-presse-est-libre-mais-ils-sont-favorables-la

 

WEST EUROPE

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Three In Four (76%) Religious People Indicated A Likelihood To Donate To A Charity

Charity is one of the foundational principles of religions worldwide. But does that make people who practise a religion likelier to give to charity compared to those who don’t?

Looking at adults in the UK, data from YouGov Profiles reveals that people who practise a faith with any amount of regularity (from major holiday observers to regular worshippers) do show a higher tendency to be charitable when compared to their non-practising or irreligious counterparts.

Asked about their likelihood to donate to a charity in the next three months, three in four (76%) religious people indicated a likelihood to do so, demonstrating a significantly higher propensity than the irreligious and non-practising group (56%).

The difference may be at least partially explained by the fact that 17% of people in the religious group cited their religious belief as a motivation towards donating directly to a charity.

Aside from being more likely to give, are there differences in the types of good causes religious people support? The data suggests that there are.

They are more likely to support all popular causes than irreligious or non-practising believers – but they also have different priorities too. For example, children and young people come out top for the former group but only third for non-practisers, who prioritise health and medicine charities. Poverty relief is the third most popular cause for the religious group, but doesn’t feature at all for the wider group. On the flipside, environmental/conservation charities feature in the top five causes for this group but they aren’t one of the five most popular causes among the religious.

So while it’s useful for fundraisers to understand that the actively religious give more often, it’s also vital to note that they give differently too.

(YouGov UK)

May 05, 2021

Source: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/philosophy/articles-reports/2021/05/05/religious-people-give-more-often-different-causes

 

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One In Eleven NHS Workers Plan To Leave Healthcare Sector After Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on all, but perhaps none more so than frontline NHS staff. Now, following the news of the government’s planned 1% pay rise for NHS staff, the Royal College of Nursing has threatened strike action – but are NHS staff considering leaving the healthcare sector?

YouGov research among 1,009 NHS workers shows that one in eleven (9%) are considering leaving the sector – including 12% of nurses and midwives. This represents no statistical difference from when we asked this question in April 2020, when 7% of NHS workers said they were unlikely to remain in the healthcare sector when the pandemic ended.

YouGov’s research shows little difference between roles within the NHS, with 9% of staff in patient-facing roles saying it is unlikely for them to remain in the sector, as do 8% of those in non-patient-facing positions. However, the figure is higher among male NHS workers, one in seven of whom (14%) think it is unlikely they will work in the healthcare sector when the pandemic ends, twice that of women (7%) who said the same.

Why are some NHS workers considering leaving the sector?

With the row over the 1% pay rise for NHS workers still ongoing, being unsatisfied with pay and benefits (57%) was listed as the most common factor playing a role in the decision of those who intend to leave.

Unsurprisingly, pay is closely followed by issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic (39%).

Following this is a desire for a better work-life balance (38%), while 30% cited mental health reasons as playing a part in their decision to potentially move on from the sector.

(YouGov UK)

May 05, 2021

Source: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/economy/articles-reports/2021/05/05/one-eleven-nhs-workers-plan-leave-healthcare-secto

 

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Two In Five People Point To Housing (44%) And Crime (43%) As The Most Urgent Problems To Be Tackled By New Mayor

Londoners are heading to the ballot boxes today to elect or re-elect the next mayor. YouGov data shows that two in five people point to housing (44%) and crime (43%) as the most urgent problems to be tackled, while just over a third (36%) say it’s the economy. These issues are followed by health (32%), the environment (24%) and transport (18%).

These issues largely match the main candidates’ pledges, with current mayor Sadiq Khan promising to build more council homes, crack down on crime and lower the cost of commuting. His opponent, Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey, also promises to make the streets safer, improve transport and to sell 100,000 homes for £100,000 each.

Generally, Londoners have different opinions on what the most pressing issues facing the capital and the country are. Around half say the economy (49%) and health (48%) are top of the list for the country as a whole, which is much higher than when asked about London. And while a quarter (26%) say Britain leaving the EU is among the most urgent issues for the UK, only 16% say it’s the most vital thing to sort out for London.

People in inner London care about housing, while those in outer London worry about crime

Age and location play a big factor in which issues are seen as the most important. People in inner London feel more strongly about housing than those in outer London at 50% vs 41%. But approaching half of people in the suburbs (46%) believe crime is among the biggest threats to the capital, compared with just over a third of those living more centrally (36%).

The same split is clear across generations, with half of Londoners aged 65+ (52%) worrying about crime, compared with a third of 18- to 24-year-olds (35%). In contrast, two in five older capital dwellers (39%) say the economy is the most prominent issue facing London, while only a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds in the city share the same worry. And while a quarter of those aged 65+ (23%) list immigration and asylum as one of the top issues, only 3% of young people do the same.

 

Source: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2021/05/06/housing-and-crime-most-pressing-issues-facing-new-

 

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Four In Ten Britons Satisfied With Their Local Council, But Most In The North Of England Feel They Get Less National Spending Than Other Areas

Britons are more likely to say they’re satisfied than dissatisfied with the way their local council runs things, according to a new Ipsos MORI poll. The poll was conducted with 8,352 people aged 16+ across the United Kingdom. The survey reveals that two in five (40%) say that they’re satisfied with the way their local council runs things while a quarter (25%) say they’re dissatisfied. 

There is little difference when looking at residents in England, where local elections are taking place this Thursday, with 41% saying they’re satisfied and 24% dissatisfied, however, when looking closer at the regions across England some differences are revealed. Those in the South West are the most satisfied with how their local council runs things with just under half (47%) saying they’re satisfied (21% dissatisfied) while those in the West Midlands, London and the North West are the areas with the least amount of residents satisfied (35%, 36% and 36% respectively). While there is little difference in council satisfaction levels between 2019 Conservative and Labour voters (41% vs. 39% respectively saying they’re satisfied), Liberal Democrats are the most likely to say they’re satisfied with their local council (47%).

Other findings the poll reveals are:

  • When asked if the national government in Westminster spends more, less or about the same on their area as it does on other local areas just under half (45%) say it spends less on their area, 7% say it spends more while a quarter (26%) say it spends the same amount. In England 44% say the national government spends less on their area, 7% say more and 27% say about the same. 
  • A majority of 2019 Labour voters believe that the national government spends less on their area compared to other areas (7% say more and 20% say about the same) compared with two in five (41%) Conservative voters (5% say more and 33% say about the same).
  • Those most likely to believe that the government in Westminster spends less on their area than other areas are located in the North of England with 71% in the North East, 59% in the North West, and 56% in Yorkshire and the Humber expressing this feeling. 

How much does the local government spend in your local area?

  • Nearly a third (32%) believe their council spends less on their own area compared to other areas in the council while just 5% believed it spends more (46% said the council spends the same amount).
  • Most (56%) however think that their council should spend the same amount on their area as it does on other areas while a third (34%) believe it should spend more and only 4% think it should spend less.
  • The top three most mentioned features people across the UK would like to see improved in their neighbourhood are opportunities and facilities for young people (30%), the range of shops, banks and post offices (30%), and personal safety/crime (29%).
  • The least mentioned features people want improved in their neighbourhood are the appearance and look of buildings (12%), the standard of schools/colleges (8%), and access to city/town centres (4%).
  • There were some regional differences when it comes to neighbourhood improvements. For example in London personal safety/crime was the most mentioned (44%) and followed by housing (37%) and air quality (35%) while in Yorkshire and the Humber availability of jobs was the third most mentioned feature (27%) behind opportunities for young people (36%) and personal safety/crime (35%).

Kelly Beaver, Managing Director of Public Affairs at Ipsos MORI said: 

With elections taking place across England for councils and mayors, Ipsos MORI finds that there are clear regional differences in how people perceive the national government in Westminster spends money regionally, with those in the North East by far the most likely to feel the national government spends less there than on other local areas. Whether this impacts on how people vote in the local elections in the North East will be an interesting point of analysis once all the votes are counted.

(Ipsos MORI)

7 May 2021

Source: https://www.ipsos.com/ipsos-mori/en-uk/four-ten-britons-satisfied-their-local-council-most-north-england-feel-they-get-less-national

 

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Three Quarters Of British Women (76%) Say Men In Society Don’t Pull Their Weight In Keeping Women And Girls Safe

Sarah Everard’s killing in March prompted vigilsprotests, and debates on women’s safety. New YouGov data shows that women overwhelmingly feel not enough is being done to ensure their safety and that men in particular should do more.

Three quarters of women (76%) say men in society don’t pull their weight in keeping women and girls safe. Men tend to agree (63%), although a fifth (20%) consider their gender overall to be doing enough – almost three times the number of women who think so (7%).

Seven in ten women (69%) also say the government’s efforts are lacking, compared with 59% of men. A majority of women (62%) similarly feel the police aren’t doing enough, while around half of men (52%) agree.

Tougher sentencing? Better lighting? More CCTV? What would make the UK safer for women

The debate on women’s safety has encompassed everything from tongue in cheek suggestions to impose 6pm curfews on men to the government’s plans to increase the presence of undercover cops in nightclubs.

But women are most likely to say imposing tougher sentencing for sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence would be effective at 89%, including 69% who say it would be “very effective”. While three quarters of men (76%) agree it would help, only around half (48%) believe it would very effective.

Making the police take reports of sexual harassment more seriously is also regarded as likely to be effective among 88% of women and 79% of men. But there’s a big difference between how many men and women expect it to be very impactful at 61% vs 42%. The issue came under scrutiny after officers allegedly failed to help a woman after a man flashed her as she made her way home from the vigil for Sarah Everard.

In response to Everard’s death, the government announced £25m for better street lighting and CCTV in addition to a pilot scheme involving plain clothes officers in pubs and clubs.

Some 85% of women and 77% of men believe better-lit streets could help improve safety for women, while increased CCTV coverage in public places is also regarded as effective (78% of women vs 65% of men).

But the public are split on the effectiveness of having undercover police in bars and clubs, with 49% of women and 37% of men saying it would be effective. That is not to say such a policy is unpopular, however. A YouGov poll for ITV Peston showed that a large majority – 67% – would back having cops in clubs.

Should women or men adapt their behaviour to make the streets safer for women?

Much of the debate around women’s safety has centred on whether women or men should be the ones to adapt their behaviour. While previous YouGov research shows that many women are already taking numerous measures to avoid men sexually assaulting them, 62% of women and 58% of men believe that better education for women on how to do so would help.

But this view is much more common among the older generations. Seven in ten women aged 55+ (72%) see merit in it, compared with only a third of women aged 18-24 (32%). The same pattern is clear among men, with two thirds of men aged 55+ (64%) convinced in the use of extra education, compared with only a third of those aged 18 to 24 (24%).

Meanwhile, women are much more likely than men to see the benefit of making schools teach boys about acceptable and respectable behaviour towards females. While four in five women (81%) and 69% of men see value in the initiative overall, 61% of women say it would be very effective, compared with only 42% of men.

The same split is clear when it comes to men doing more to criticise their male friends for bad behaviour towards women. While four in five women say it would very (54%) or fairly (32%) effective, men are less inclined to say so (33% very, 35% fairly),

(YouGov UK)

May 10, 2021

Source: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2021/05/10/what-would-make-uk-safer-women-according-women

 

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Towards The End Of Last Year, Over Half Of The Public (53%) Said The Covid-19 Pandemic Had Negatively Affected Their Mental Wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 runs from May 10-16, and it comes at a time when people may be more keenly aware of their psychological state than usual. Towards the end of last year, over half of the public (53%) said the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively affected their mental wellbeing.

But when it comes to getting people better, how important is “awareness” next to material concerns such as access to treatment?

Data from YouGov Direct conducted during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 reveals that Britons are most likely to believe that low availability of public services play the biggest role in preventing people from accessing treatment. Two in five say capacity issues such as long wait times (40%) are the largest barrier to seeking help, with social stigma coming a distant second (22%). NHS England data from April 2021 revealed that the number of people on waiting lists for all NHS treatment was at 4.7 million people – the highest number since records began in 2007. 

Poor awareness of mental health issues ranked lower down the list. Just 13% say personal ignorance of mental health issues was the most important factor stopping people from getting treatment, while one in ten cite poor awareness of mental health support services (10%).

Along gender lines, women are half as likely as men to say that low awareness of illnesses such as depression or anxiety do more to stop people from seeking treatment than anything else (Women: 18%; Men: 9%). Female Britons were also 13 percentage points more likely to say that availability of services was the highest barrier to treatment (women: 46%; men 33%). Both genders are most likely to say that low availability outweighs any other factor.

(YouGov UK)

May 14, 2021

Source: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/health/articles-reports/2021/05/14/mentalhealthawarenessweek-what-are-biggest-barrier

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Three In Ten Britons Feel Less Certain About Government’s Guidance For Which Activities You Should And Shouldn’t Do And Say It’s Either Not Very (19%) Or Not At All Clear (9%)

Don’t go to work. Go to work. Go outside. Don’t go outside. It’s not the first time the government’s COVID-19 guidance has attracted criticism for its muddled messaging. Critics are now attacking Boris Johnson for a reopening approach marked by “confusion”, which includes allowing travel but ministers saying you shouldn’t do it, and legalising hugging but advising “cautious cuddling”.

But are the Britons as confused as commentators insist? Not according to the public themselves. Two thirds of people say the government’s guidance for which activities you should and shouldn’t do is very (19%) or fairly (48%) clear. Around three in ten feel less certain, however, and say it’s either not very (19%) or not at all clear (9%). 

Younger people are more likely to say the guidance lacks clarity, with over a third of 18-to 24-year-olds finding it not very (23%) or not at all (13%) clear. In contrast, only one in six people aged 65+ are of the same opinion, including one in twenty (5%) saying it’s not clear at all. 

Which activities is the government telling us to do or avoid? People disagree

The guidance that seems to be causing the most confusion is around travel to countries which the government lists as green in their traffic light system, meaning you’re allowed to go without quarantining upon returning.

A third of Britons (33%) say the government is encouraging the public to go on holiday to these destinations, while around three in ten (28%) say it’s discouraged. Another 30% say it’s neither.

Five million people have already booked trips to European destinations this summer, despite one minister saying that all foreign breaks are ‘dangerous’. And while several ministers have said holidays to amber destinations – which require you to isolate at home when returning – are okay, Boris Johnson has overruled them.

But despite the amber ambiguity, three in five Britons (60%) say this type of travel is discouraged, while only 12% believe it’s encouraged. Around one in five people (18%) say it’s neither.

The advice around hugging also seems to be creating some confusion, with two in five people (41%) saying the public is being told to hug, while three in ten (30%) believe we’re advised to not hug.

And while the government’s working from home advice is still in place, two fifths of Britons (38%) say workers are encouraged to go into offices, while around a quarter believe the opposite (27%).

While sitting inside at pubs and restaurants is allowed again as of this week, several Sage scientists have warned against it if not vaccinated. Half of Britons (48%) feel encouraged to sit inside, while only 17% feel dissuaded. Meanwhile, two thirds say they feel encouraged to get socialise outside in hospitality venues.

(YouGov UK)

May 20, 2021

Source: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2021/05/20/covid-19-rules-what-government-telling-us-do-brito

 

689-691-43-21/Poll

41% Of 18-24 Year Olds Now Say Britain Should Have An Elected Head Of State

Attitudes among young people to the monarchy have changed substantially since 2019. YouGov data from a number of our 2021 polls on the monarchy so far shows that 41% of 18-24 year olds now say Britain should have an elected head of state, while only 31% would like to see the monarchy continue.

The results, which are likely to be cause for concern for Buckingham Palace, come after a turbulent start to 2021, with Harry and Meghan’s controversial Oprah interview in March and Prince Philip’s passing in April.

Young Britons were still clearly in favour of the monarchy as recently as two years ago. Across our polls in 2019 – the year of Prince Andrew’s catastrophic Newsnight appearance – approaching half of 18-24 year olds (46%) were in favour of the monarchy. Only a quarter (26%) preferred an elected state head.

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By 2020, however, the share of 18-24 year olds in favour of the monarchy slipped to 40%, while support for an elected head of state rose to 37% – an increase of 11 points. This was another rocky year for the Royal Family, with the Sussexes announcing their resignation and further allegations that Prince Andrew had misled Emily Maitlis about details relating to his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Older Britons still strongly support the monarchy

While young people’s views of the monarchy as an institution appear to be souring, changes among the population as a whole have been more subtle. Three in five Britons (61%) still support the monarchy, while a quarter (24%) would prefer an elected head of state. This is a small change from 2019, when two thirds (65%) were behind the firm, and a fifth (19%) would rather get rid of it.

Opinions among people aged 25 to 49 have also only shifted very slightly, with half (53%) now in favour of a monarchy – down from 58%. About a quarter (27%) would like to opt for an elected state head, up 4 points.

Older age groups remain firm in their views. Seven in ten 50-64 year olds (70%) still support the monarchy, which is the same as in 2019 (71%). The same goes for those aged 65 and above, with 81% in favour – similar to two years previously (82%).

(YouGov UK)

May 21, 2021

Source: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2021/05/21/young-britons-are-turning-their-backs-monarchy

 

689-691-43-22/Poll

Charging An Electric Car Vs Refuelling A Petrol Car, 14% Think It’s Better; 13% Think It’s The Same, And 64% Think It’s Worse

The UK recently replaced France as Europe’s second-largest electric car market. But how do Britons feel about these vehicles compared to those that run on petrol?

Data from YouGov Direct indicates that the general public feel that electric cars outperform petrol cars in a number of key areas – except when it comes to convenience.

For all the positivity around the features of electric cars, a major sticking point for Britons when it comes to EVs is the hassle associated with charging a car compared to filling it up with petrol. A comfortable majority of the public thinks battery-powered vehicles are more inconvenient to run than petrol cars (64%), while just 14% think petrol cars are worse in this area.

The British public is more likely to say they are superior in every other area we asked about. In terms of acceleration, three in five believe they perform the same or better (59%), while just a fifth say they are worse (19%). When it comes to handling, more than three in five (62%) say electric cars handle at similar or superior levels, with just 12% saying they are inferior.

This extends to aesthetics: in terms of exterior design, three-quarters say they look the same or better (76%); when asked about interior design, four in five (80%) think they’re superior, while just 7% think they look inferior.

Britons are also more likely to think that electric cars represent a better investment on a day-to-day basis than petrol cars. Half of the public think electric cars cost less to run than petrol cars (51%) – although a fifth (18%) think they cost about the same and 16% say they cost more.

But when you ask drivers about the barriers to buying an electric car, the major problems do tend to revolve around convenience and charging. YouGov Profiles shows that, while the top challenge for Britons with a driving license is the initial cost (26%), half of the top ten reasons to avoid buying an electric car all have to do with charging the battery.

A quarter think there aren’t enough charging stations (24%), while a fifth think charging takes too long or is too much hassle (21%). Nearly as many (17%) say that the battery doesn’t last long enough or that the cost of charging at home presents a problem (16%).

“Range anxiety” – the fear that you’ll run out of charge if you get too far from a station – is a well-documented concern among EV owners, and it’s one that has cut through to the wider public. It’s a problem the government has recognised through initiatives such as the electric vehicle homecharge scheme, which provides a 75% contribution to the cost of a home charging point and its installation for people with off-street parking and a qualifying vehicle.

As the UK automotive market becomes increasingly electric, it’s a problem automakers may wish to keep in mind – by heightening awareness of incentives and subsidies, offering help with home-charging installation (or even providing it as part of the purchase cost as some brands do), or otherwise making it easier for British drivers to power their electric cars.  

(YouGov UK)

May 21, 2021

Source: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/transport/articles-reports/2021/05/21/britons-think-electric-cars-beat-petrol-several-ar

 

689-691-43-23/Poll

Home And EDC Are Real Estate Chains Get The Most Attention In Denmark

During the corona crisis, the Danish housing market has boomed, and several real estate chains have felt the “corona effect” , where the corona crisis has acted as a trigger for people who have already considered a home purchase. YouGov has taken a closer look at which real estate chains have received the most attention over the past year.

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When it comes to attention, home and EDC share first place. An average of 18.4% of Danes have thus heard positive or negative mention of these chains through advertising, news, word-of-mouth or friends and family over the past year.

In third and fourth place are Nybolig (15.3%) and danbolig (13.2%). From the four big real estate chains, there is a distance down to chains like Estate and Realmæglerne, which are fighting for fifth place with an attention score of resp. 6.2% and 6%.

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However, the coverage has not been stable throughout the year. While EDC was highest in the spring and early summer of 2020, home received the most publicity in the fall and further into the winter of 2021.

The Danes have the best impression of EDC

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If you look at which real estate chains the Danes have the overall best impression of, EDC takes the prize with a score of 28.8. The overall impression is calculated by asking which brands you have an overall positive impression of and which ones you have a negative impression of. The net score is calculated as positive minus negative indications.

Home follows right on the heels of EDC with a score of 27.9, while Nybolig takes third place (24.6), and danbolig runs with fourth place (21.7).

About the ranking

In Denmark, BrandIndex compares more than 450 brands. Every day, YouGov BrandIndex interviews 200 people representative of the general population and asks them about their attitudes towards different brands.

The impression score is calculated by asking which brands you have an overall positive impression of and which ones you have a negative impression of. The net score is calculated as positive minus negative share.

The attention score is calculated by asking the respondents if they have heard anything positive or negative about a particular brand over the past two weeks through advertising, news, word-of-mouth or friends and family. The net score is calculated as a positive minus negative share. Data are from March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021.

(YouGov Denmark)
May 5, 2021

Source: https://meet.google.com/xgs-nsix-qzy?authuser=1

 

689-691-43-24/Poll

Every Third German Feels More Stressed In 2021 Than Before Corona, People With Children Most Often

A survey from the end of April 2021, compared to April 2020, showed that people in times of Corona feel more stressed this year than they did a year ago. At that time, 17 percent said they felt more stressed than before, in 2021 31 percent said they were more stressed, 14 percentage points more than a year ago. 51 percent currently do not notice any change in their stress level due to Corona.

Every third German is currently stressed in Corona times

It is noticeable that younger Germans in particular feel more stressed in 2021. Currently 39 percent of 18-24-year-olds and 41 percent of 25-34-year-olds state that they are more stressed in times of Corona. In comparison, only 26 percent of those over 55 say that.

PEOPLE WITH CHILDREN ARE MORE STRESSED IN TIMES OF CORONA - THE PROFILE OF THOSE WHO ARE STRESSED

Those who say they will be more stressed in 2021 than before the corona pandemic are more often between 35 and 44 years old (21 percent vs. 15 percent of the general population). Among the more stressed, only 27 percent are older than 55 years (vs. 41 percent of the general population). They are married somewhat more often (43 percent vs. 40 percent of the total population) and more often have children under the age of 18 in their own household: 17 percent of those who are stressed by Corona in 2021 (vs. 15 percent of all Germans) have one child and 12 percent have two children (vs. 9 percent of all Germans).

The more stressed in profile

(YouGov Germany)

May 7, 2021

Source: https://yougov.de/news/2021/05/07/jeder-dritte-deutsche-fuhlt-sich-2021-gestresster-/

 

689-691-43-25/Poll

Every Second Cyclist Wears A Protective Helmet At Least Now And Then When Cycling

Spring and summer are just around the corner - time to cycle again more often. The majority of Germans (63 percent) have their own bike, most of them a city bike (28 percent), and 14 percent own a cross bike or mountain bike. 10 percent of the German respondents state that they own an e-bike. 36 percent of Germans do not own a bicycle, including more women (40 percent) than men (31 percent). This was the result of a current survey in cooperation with Statista.

10 percent of Germans own an e-bike

Half of German cyclists (50 percent) state that they wear a protective helmet. One in five of them (21 percent) always wears it, 8 percent often, 11 percent sometimes and 10 percent rarely. It is noticeable that men wear a bicycle helmet at least occasionally more often than women (53 percent vs. 46 percent of women). 46 percent of all cyclists in Germany never wear a protective helmet when cycling. Younger Germans are more safety-conscious than older people when it comes to this question: while 49 percent of those over the age of 55 state that they never wear a bicycle helmet, only 36 percent of those aged 18-24 say so.

 Half of German cyclists wear at least a helmet now and then

FOR MOST GERMANS, THE NUMBER OF CYCLE PATHS IS INADEQUATE

According to 54 percent of Germans, cities and municipalities do not do enough for the safety of cyclists. 63 percent think that the bike paths in cities and towns could still be expanded.

Merhheit would like better bike paths

(YouGov Germany)

May 5, 2021

Source: https://yougov.de/news/2021/05/05/jeder-zweite-radfahrer-tragt-beim-fahrradfahren-zu/

689-691-43-26/Poll

26 Percent Germans Praised The Government's Handling Of The Crisis In April 2021

At the beginning of 2021, the proportion of those who rated the federal government's handling of the crisis negatively was higher than the proportion of those who voted positively for the first time: in January 2021, 49 percent had a negative and 46 percent a positive image. According to current YouGov Corona Tracker data, a reversal of this trend can currently be seen: After only a quarter of all respondents (26 percent) praised the government's handling of the crisis in April 2021, the lowest value since the tracker began, attested in May 39 percent of the government is good practice.

In connection with this, 68 percent said in April 2021 that the government was dealing badly with the crisis, in May this value improved again to 55 percent.

Evaluation of the government in the corona crisis over time

GERMANS RECOGNIZE THE IMPROVEMENT IN THE CORONA SITUATION IN GERMANY

The recently resolved lifting of vaccination prioritization and the nationwide falling incidence figures are possible reasons why Germans are currently talking about an improvement in the corona situation in their own country: only 30 percent said in April that the situation in Germany is improving. Meanwhile, in mid-May, the value rose to 73 percent.

Improvement of the corona situation in Germany over time

These are the results of the regularly updated COVID-19 tracker from the international Data & Analytics Group YouGov, for which around 2,000 people were surveyed using standardized online interviews from September 2020 to May 2021. The results are weighted and representative for the German population aged 18 and over.

(YouGov Germany)
May 21, 2021

Source: https://yougov.de/news/2021/05/21/umgang-der-regierung-mit-der-corona-krise-wieder-p/ 

689-691-43-27/Poll

This Month, The President Of The France Recovers 1 Point Of Favorable Opinions From The French (31% Of Favorable Opinions)

This month, the President of the Republic recovers 1 point of favorable opinions from the French (31% of favorable opinions) . In detail, the Head of State is making progress with all fringes of opinion except the moderate Left and the Far Right. Indeed, Emmanuel Macron gains 10 points from supporters of the Far Left (18% of favorable opinions), 5 points from supporters of the Center (82% of favorable opinions) and 2 points from supporters of the moderate Right. (36% favorable opinions). It loses, on the other hand, 2 points with sympathizers of the moderate Left (29% of favorable opinions) and of the Far Right (8% of favorable opinions).

As usual, Prime Minister Jean Castex follows the President's trend but goes up further (27% of favorable opinions, + 2 points). The tenant of Matignon, recorded a strong increase among supporters of the Moderate Left (33% favorable opinions, + 10 points). In addition, it has increased by 4 points among voters in the Center (62%, +4 points) and the Far Left (15%, +3 points). However, the head of government loses 1 point with supporters of the Far Right (12% of favorable opinions) and 2 points with supporters of the moderate Right (32% of favorable opinions).

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This month, insecurity returns to first place in the concerns of French people in politics (22%, +8 points). For their part, unemployment and social protection go down one place. Thus, unemployment and employment occupy second place (16%, stable) and social protection completes the podium with 14% (-1 point).

Like the executive couple, the government is also recording an increase this month.

The government is making up for last month's drop and is up 3 points this month (27% favorable opinions). In detail, the government performs better with all fringes of opinion, except for the Far Right (6% favorable opinions, -2 points). The government gained 10 points from supporters of the Far Left (15% of favorable opinions), 9 points from supporters of the moderate Left (31% of favorable opinions), 9 points from supporters of the Center (75% of 'favorable opinions) and finally 1 point among supporters of the moderate Right (33% favorable opinions).

Unlike last month, the government records mixed scores this month on the items tested. In detail, still just over 4 in 10 French people believe that the government is "ready to take unpopular decisions if they are good for the country" (45%, +1 point). However, now, less than 4 in 10 French believe that he "has good intentions, even if [they] do not always agree with his positions" (38%, -5 points). Behind, less than a third of the French believe that it "addresses the whole population, not only its voters" (32% -4 points), that it has "a clear line, which he does not budge. ”(32%, +5 points) and that it“ goes ahead, and proposes modern measures ”(29%, +1 point). Finally, less than a quarter of the French believe that it is "made up of competent people" (25%, +1 point),

For its part, the evolution of items for the National Gathering is also up and down.Indeed, 4 out of 10 French people believe that he has “a clear line from which he does not budge” (40%, stable), that he is “ready to take unpopular decisions if they are good for the country” (40 %, -2 points) and that he "has good intentions, even if [they] do not always agree with his positions" (38%, stable). Behind, a little more than a third of the French consider, that it "is addressed to the whole population, not only to its voters" (35%, +2 points). In addition, around 3 in 10 French people believe that it "protects the interests of people like [them]" (31%, +3 points), that it "is moving forward, and proposes modern measures" (29 %, +3 points). Finally, around a quarter of French people consider that "the society that [he] advocates is overall the one in which [they] want to live" (27%, stable).

(YouGov France)

May 7, 2021

Source: https://fr.yougov.com/news/2021/05/07/barometre-yougov-france-le-huffpost-mai-2021/

 

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 A Quarter Of 18-25 Years Old Say They Have Had Suicidal Thoughts Since The Start Of The Crisis (27%)

Since the 1st measurement carried out in June 2020, it is clear that the health of young people is deteriorating: now more than three quarters of them say they have been affected at the psychological, emotional or physical level (76%, + 3pts ) since the start of the health crisis in March 2020, a proportion that has risen to 83% (+4 pts) among students.

This distress experienced by young people since the start of the health crisis is all the more worrying as more than a quarter of them say they have had suicidal thoughts since the start of the crisis (27%), a proportion that has increased from 4 points in 9 months. Students and young people currently looking for a job appear to be particularly concerned (31% and 35% respectively).

 

Financial difficulties persist after a full year of crisis ...

While the issue of student insecurity has remained for many years, it has never been more prevalent than since the start of the health crisis. At the start of the epidemic, nearly three quarters (72%) of young people said they had encountered financial difficulties. A year later, the situation is the same and the situation has not changed.

 

... and students exercising a remunerated activity in parallel with their studies are particularly concerned

On the aspect of student precariousness or that of mental health, salaried students have suffered the full effects of the crisis.

Thus, 66% (+17 pts compared to non-salaried students) of them believe that they had financial difficulties to obtain a healthy and balanced diet, 52% had to give up medical acts or medication (+ 18 pts compared to non-salaried students). This renunciation of care is explained for financial reasons and this for 56% of them. More generally, 82% of students with paid employment have encountered financial difficulties since the start of the health crisis in March 2020.

They also testify to greater psychological distress: 79% of them felt the need to be listened to or to confide in someone. In the last two weeks before the survey, 87% of students with a salaried activity in parallel felt sad, depressed or desperate, that is to say 13 points more than the students without salaried activity. Even more worrying, 40% of these students have had suicidal thoughts since the start of the health crisis.

 

After a year of crisis, students appear to be deeply impacted in their daily lives and in their future prospects

After a difficult year, more than nine out of ten students consider that the health crisis has caused their studies to drop out (94%; + 10pts). Among them, 6 out of 10 even consider this dropout "very" or "somewhat" important. In June 2020, three months after the start of the crisis, it was “only” 38% to share the same observation, that is to say an increase of 22 points, in 9 months, an evolution which clearly illustrates the difficulty of the students to maintain the course in their course.

Even more than this feeling of having dropped out, many are now also expressing fears for the recognition of the value of their diploma. While a minority of students shared this concern last June (45%), more than two-thirds of students now fear that their diploma will lose value as a result of this pandemic (67%, + 22pts).

The difficult pursuit of an orientation and professional project is the perfect illustration of this: many more students saw their project impacted compared to last June (61%; + 9pts). A quarter of them have revised it down (23%; + 8pts) or have chosen to reorient themselves (14%; + 5pts). There are many reasons for this: they are significantly linked to the health crisis (30%), to financial reasons (27%), to the cancellation or postponement of an internship in a company (21%) or even a trip to the foreigner compromised (20%).

As a result, 1 in 2 students are now in demand for human support to guide them in their orientation , whether face-to-face (30%) or remotely (28%). This demand is all the stronger among students who have seen their orientation and professional plan modified or interrupted (71%).

(Ipsos France)

May 10, 2021

Source: https://www.ipsos.com/fr-fr/18-25-ans-apres-un-de-crise-sanitaire-economique-et-sociale-comment-vont-ils-comment-vivent-ils

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45% French Believe That Major Beauty Brands Do Not Care Enough About The Diversity Of Their Consumers

In terms of offer, consumers are largely satisfied with the diversity of the beauty sector , 77% of them saying they easily find products that match their physical characteristics.

When it comes to communication, things are more complicated:

  • 51% are not represented in brand communication , especially men ( 59% of them), undoubtedly because they are targeted by far fewer products, but also the oldest ( 62% of 55- 75 years old)
  • 45% believe that major beauty brands do not care enough about the diversity of their consumers.

An initiative such as removing the word “normal” from the packaging of a major cosmetics brand is welcomed: 63% consider it a good thing because “everyone is different and normal does not exist” . A figure that rises to 84% among 16-24 year olds . It is an unexpected reversal of the original meaning of the word, when the most widespread situation is reinterpreted as possible discrimination pointing to stigmatize categories of consumers who do not conform to basic standards. In any case, it testifies to the growing importance of expectations of singularity and recognition of each person's identity and echoes the movements of#bodypositivity very present on social networks.

(Ipsos France)

May 18, 2021

Source: https://www.ipsos.com/fr-fr/beaute-normal-vous-avez-dit-normal

 

689-691-43-30/Poll

9 May, Europe Day: The European Union In The Perception Of Italians

On 9 May the European Union celebrates Europe Day , in memory of the Schumann Declaration, which set the tone for the first European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC). More than seventy years later, this anniversary remains unrecognized in Italy: only 5% of Italians know how to place this day among the May holidays (against over 90% who know how to place the Labor Day), a percentage that rises however 11% among young people aged 18-24. Only 10% say they are generally aware of Europe Day and its meaning, plus 25% who have heard of it.

Despite the difficulty of this anniversary in spreading nationally, a good percentage of Italians feel themselves to be European citizens: 38% of the interviewees declare that they identify with this concept; a percentage not very high in absolute terms, but to be contextualized in the fragmentation of the belonging of those who live in our country: only 54% say they consider themselves national citizens , while about a third of respondents identify themselves at a regional or local level (31 and 30 %, respectively. Belonging to the European demos is therefore relatively felt.

https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/r/108/1_Conoscenza_Cittadinanza.jpgThe opinion of respondents towards the European Union as an entity is also generally positive: on a scale of 1 to 10, the average "vote" assigned to the EU is 6.7 , with over 70% of respondents granting a full sufficiency. Among young people 18-24, the vote rises to 7.5, and continues to remain above average until the age of 34, and then falls into the 35-55 range, beyond which it returns to around 6.5.

However, a positive opinion of the European Union as a whole does not mean approval of its policies. Given 10 areas in which the EU has competences, in fact, in 7 of these the negative opinions outweigh the positives , in particular by rejecting the economy and tax policy; a positive role is instead recognized in the sphere of civil liberties and rights , Research & Development , Environment and Energy. In absolute terms, however, most of the respondents are not unbalanced, with a percentage always around 40% who claim to have a neutral position.

https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/r/108/2_Voto_ambiti.jpgtowards the policies of the Union, one might expect that the majority of respondents favor greater decision-making autonomy for individual Member States. In fact, in all 10 areas examined, a relative majority of respondents hopes for greater integration at European level, particularly in fields where the European contribution is perceived as positive (civil rights, environment, research), but also in complex issues such as Foreign Policy and Defense.

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What seems to emerge is that, while many Italians are interested in the continental dimension of major issues, Europe Day does not seem to play a role in promoting this dimension, still remaining unknown to most.

(YouGov Italy)

May 7, 2021

Source: https://it.yougov.com/news/2021/05/07/9-maggio-giornata-delleuropa-lunione-europea-nel-p/

 

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8 Out Of 10 Italians And Italians Agree: Excess Doses Of The Anti-Covid 19 Vaccine Must Be Shared

8 out of 10 Italians and Italians agree: excess doses of the anti-COVID 19 vaccine must be shared, because only by eradicating the virus everywhere will the pandemic be put to an end. This emergency situation requires a response that goes beyond borders and national income differences (85%), with immunization that gives priority to the categories of people most vulnerable and at risk in the face of the threat of the virus (83%).  

These are some of the data that emerged from the survey carried out by the anti-poverty organization The ONE Campaign in collaboration with YouGov: Italian public opinion rejects the so-called "vaccine nationalism", instead supporting efforts to ensure that immunization does not meet any obstacle in accessibility and widespread distribution.

Among those who responded, 9 out of 10 Italians and Italians think that, to put an end to the pandemic, vaccines must be effectively distributed around the world. This finding is in contrast to the current reality, where only a small fraction of the doses administered globally have gone to people living in low-income countries. ONE has calculated that all G7 countries have purchased an amount of vaccines not only needed to inoculate and protect their entire population, but also to set aside over 1 billion excess doses as a spare.

Martina Nuti, ONE Italia advocacy manager, said: “ The pandemic will not end with the COVID 19 vaccine, but when everyone, everywhere will have access to it. Italians and Italians clearly understand the need for a global response to address this crisis: without widespread immunization, the virus will continue to mutate and evolve, extending the duration of this emergency crisis and causing more than double the deaths currently recorded. World leaders must not only coordinate strategically, but also make the necessary resources available to finance a global response, which supports existing multilateral initiatives ”.

The data show that the majority of Italians and Italians (88%) agree on the need for greater international collaboration , on a global scale, to respond to the current pandemic and similar threats in the future.

Martina Nuti continued: “ 2 out of 3 Italians believe that Italy must demonstrate greater solidarity with the most vulnerable countries through international cooperation. The Italian government must respond to the call of its citizens. In its role as presidency of the G20, Italy must act ambitiously and concretelyso that the distribution of vaccines does not follow a setback and the Global Health Summit, to be held in Rome next week, will be an opportunity to do so. We expect the world leaders who find themselves there to take action to ensure herd immunity on a global scale within the next year. This means that Italy must increase funding to ensure global access to vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 globally, and draw up a plan to share excess vaccine doses, timed and operable in parallel with immunization on national scale to ensure the distribution of these stocks by the end of this year ".

(YouGov Italy)
May 11, 2021

Source: https://it.yougov.com/news/2021/05/11/yougov-one-la-condivisione-dei-vaccini-anti-covid-/

 

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40% Of Spaniards Do Not Agree With The Changes In The Measures Implemented In Their City After The Fall Of The State Of Alarm  

On May 9, the extension of the State of Alarm in Spain ended, declared on October 25, 2019 to stop the spread of the virus in the country. After this, the autonomous communities were in charge of deciding which were the preventive measures implemented in each area.  

Since then, several cities have experienced large crowds of people celebrating the fall of the curfew or the recent opening and extension of hospitality hours. 

Therefore, from YouGov, we have carried out a study on the perception of the Spanish population in the face of the withdrawal and reduction of some of the measures against the pandemic, together with a study on the fear that the agglomerations that occurred in some cities could arouse in the Spanish . 

40% of Spaniards do not agree with the changes in the measures implemented in their city after the fall of the state of alarm  

Young people between 18 and 34 years old are the group of the population that is most in favor of the changes in the measures (42% in both cases), compared to the rest of the population, where the most negative age group towards the arrival of This new normal would be between 45 and 54 years of age (46% do not agree with the new measures). 

More than 8 out of 10 respondents (84%) feel insecure in the face of crowds that occurred after the withdrawal of the State of Alarm

Among the most insecure is the population between 35 - 44 years old (89% state that they feel very insecure or quite insecure) compared to the younger population, despite this also showing a high number of insecurity (77% of those surveyed respond to feeling very insecure). unsafe or quite unsafe)

On the other hand, the majority of those surveyed answered that they were in favor of restricting the capacity for both culture (67%) and hospitality (68%) and reducing the number of people allowed in a meeting (68%) if the health situation worsened.

The opinion about mobility and time restrictions is similar, since 65% of those surveyed would be in favor of reintroducing a curfew and more than half of the population (57%) in favor of returning to the limits of mobility.

The results are more equitable towards re-establishing a State of alarm (49% in favor VS 46% against)

On average, young people are the ones who show a more reluctant attitude to the reimplantation of measures. 45% do not see the need for the return of the curfew, even though the situation worsened (compared to 30% of the average). The same occurs with other measures such as the limits of people in meetings (34% compared to 26% of the population that does not agree to reinstate this measure), the modification of hospitality hours (58% of young people, compared to 49% of the average) or the capacity at cultural events (37% of young people, compared to 26% in general). 

 (YouGov Spain)
May 13, 2021

Source: https://es.yougov.com/news/2021/05/13/que-piensan-los-espanoles-sobre-el-fin-del-estado-/

 

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Four Out Of Every Five Spanish Respondents (45%) Rejects The Fact That They Can Return To Stadium Fans

Raimon Bassas - The stadiums have become another of the places affected by the pandemic and the measures to avoid contagion. It has been more than a year, since the beginning of March 2020, that the public has not been able to enjoy a game live.

Last Wednesday, May 12, the return of the public to the stands of the professional football stadiums was approved. This measure will be valid only for communities in phase 1, with a cumulative incidence of less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

With this new measure, stadiums will be able to accommodate 30% of their capacity as long as they do not exceed 5,000 spectators, they must wear a mask and maintain a safety distance, among other rules.

From YouGov Spain we have analyzed, once the new regulations were announced, the opinion of the Spanish population about the return to the stadiums.

What do the Spanish think of the return to the stadiums?

First, less than a third of the population (28%) is in favor of these measures, while four out of every five respondents (45%) are directly against these measures. Although there is practically a quarter of the population (24%) that does not speak out, the majority of the Spanish population rejects the fact that they can return to stadium fans.

This feeling of rejection is reflected in the sense of security perceived by those surveyed, not within the facilities themselves, but in the community or city where the games would be played. 56% of Spaniards (more than half) state that at least they would feel “quite” unsafe in the event of the reopening of professional football stadiums in their community.

On the other hand, we have also analyzed the opinion of the Spanish population about the measures implemented to make this stadium reopening possible:

The limit of hosting 30% of capacity provided that they do not exceed 5,000 spectators is considered necessary by 85% of Spaniards. In other words, within the limited predisposition of the Spanish population to reopen stadiums, capacity control is a key issue.

Taking the temperature before entering the stadium also generated consensus among 4 out of 5 Spaniards (79%) who also consider it a necessary measure.

The entry and exit protocol with a safety distance (1.5m) is also a necessary policy for 9 out of 10 Spaniards. On the other hand, 6 out of 10 Spaniards also coincide with the capacity policies as long as the local team is public.

The ban on smoking in stadiums is a measure that generates consensus among 86% of Spaniards when it comes to reopening stadiums. Along the same lines, 69% of Spaniards would understand the prohibition of eating in the stadiums and, being water the only food or drink allowed inside the enclosure.

Finally, another issue with broad consensus would be the obligation to wear a FFP2 mask without a valve within the stadiums, since up to 85% of Spaniards consider it necessary.

(YouGov Spain)

May 20, 2021

Source: https://es.yougov.com/news/2021/05/20/la-vuelta-los-estadios-en-espana/

 

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Only one in five Hungarians is vaccinated

The last summer causing the readings of Ipsos in May Covi-19 omnibus research. Thanks to improving epidemic data and rising vaccination rates, the population is moving more freely and letting their children into the community, interacting with others. The rate of wearing a face mask was 87%, with a lower level most recently seen in November. The 73% mention of frequent hand washing against infection is the lowest in the history of the research series . The outlook for public transport and the event market is mild, with domestic tourism improving significantly over the past month.

FIGURE: Which of the following activities is true for you? (on the basis of adult population, N = 1,000 persons / month)

Personal protection methods


The under-30s and rural residents are most open to events in the last 30 days. Older people and the capital city, as well as graduates and high-income people, are more cautious. There is cause for optimism for accommodation providers and caterers that Hungarians, regardless of age or gender, are more confident in booking accommodation within the country's borders, only Budapest residents still show a certain degree of anticipation.

With the above results, the special situation has arisen in Hungary that the most vaccinated and at the same time the most vaccinated sections of the population, instead of boldly resuming their usual lives, are still much more cautious than the insecure or vaccine-refusing social segments.

Overall vaccination propensity reached 70% after an increase of four months . With an 8% uncertain stratum, the rejection rate is 22%. Half of the adult population (51%) had undergone at least the first vaccination, a further 11% had registered for the vaccine but had not yet been invited or had rejected the vaccine offered.

FIGURE: Would you vaccinate yourself with the coronavirus vaccine currently available in Hungary? (on the basis of the adult population, N = 1,000 persons / month)

Willingness to vaccinate


In the traditionally rejecting group of under-30s, the boost in vaccination rose to 68% in one month (+ 26% -points), while the camp of those who opposed the vaccine halved (26%).

The best vaccinated age group is still over 60 years of age, while vaccine protection is also estimated to be above average among those with higher education and in large cities. Vaccine rejection remains high in the Northern Great Plain and Western Transdanubia (above 35%), and in line with this, the measured registration rate also lags behind the rest of the country (51% vs. 63%).

We had been relying on the free summer for a month, but most are currently only waiting for the full opening in September.

40% of Hungarians believe that the restrictions introduced in Hungary due to the epidemic will end by August, while the majority of 60% guess at a later date or are unsure of the answer.

FIGURE: In your opinion, when can the restrictive measures end in Hungary and everything can return to its previous order? (on the basis of the adult population, N = 1,000 people)

Removal of restrictions


Compared to expectations a month ago, skepticism about the date of reopening has increased significantly. While June, July and August have been mentioned similarly to the most recent, the earlier unrestricted lifting of restrictions is unlikely by the public, and there is a growing perception that provisions made in the past year will never lapse in their entirety (20%).

FIGURE: In your opinion, when can the restrictive measures end in Hungary and everything can return to its previous order? (on the basis of the adult population, N = 1,000 persons / month)

Removal of restrictions

(Ipsos Hungary)

May 20, 2021

Source: https://www.ipsos.com/hu-hu/csak-minden-otodik-magyar-oltasellenes

 

NORTH AMERICA

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Three-Quarters Of White Evangelical Protestants (75%) Say They Disapprove Of The New President’s Performance So Far

America’s religious groups are deeply divided about President Joe Biden’s performance so far, just as they were about President Donald Trump throughout his term. In fact, Biden’s approval ratings today are nearly a mirror image of Trump’s four years ago.

Among White evangelicals, religious ‘nones,’ Biden’s early approval ratings are nearly opposite of Trump’s

Religious groups that tended to disapprove of Trump’s performance as president, including Hispanic Catholics, Black Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated, mostly approve of Biden’s performance now, according to a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults conducted April 5-11. By contrast, groups that approved of Trump in his early days, primarily White evangelicals, now rate Biden negatively.

For example, seven-in-ten religiously unaffiliated adults (71%) say they approve of how Biden is handling the job of president, compared with three-quarters (76%) who said they disapproved of Trump’s performance in April 2017.

At the other end of the spectrum, three-quarters of White evangelical Protestants (75%) say they disapprove of the new president’s performance so far, which is about equal to the share who approved of Trump’s performance four years ago (73%).

Catholics are not quite as unified. Around two-thirds of Catholics (64%) say they approve of Biden’s handling of his job, driven by strong support from Hispanic Catholics, 80% of whom grade Biden favorably. White Catholics are almost evenly divided in their approval of Biden, much as they were in their early evaluations of Trump.

Biden’s strongest supporters are Black Protestants, 89% of whom say they approve of the job he is doing so far. The April 2017 survey did not include enough interviews with Black Protestants or Hispanic Catholics to provide an early read on their evaluations of Trump, but their backing of Biden so far has aligned with broader partisan patterns, and they were consistently among the religious groups least approving of Trump over the course of his presidency.

Black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics and religiously unaffiliated Americans – also known as religious “nones” because they describe themselves, religiously, as atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular – have long been staunchly Democratic constituencies. White evangelical Protestants are among the most solidly and consistently Republican religious group in the U.S., and they have grown even more uniformly Republican in recent decades. White Catholics and White Protestants who are not evangelical also have shifted in a Republican direction in recent years.

Biden is Catholic and often talks about his faith, but his fellow Catholics are divided along party lines in their views about his religious beliefs. Biden said in 2020 that the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision establishing a woman’s right to abortion nationwide should be upheld, which has prompted some Catholics to argue that he should be denied Holy Communion

Abortion isn’t the only divisive issue for Biden. Among White Christians in particular, fewer express solidarity with Biden’s positions on policy issues than did so with Trump’s. For instance, whereas 43% of White Catholics say they agree with Biden on many, almost all or all issues, 58% said same about Trump in February 2020 (before the coronavirus was declared a pandemic). Among White Protestants who are not evangelicals, one-third (34%) say they generally agree with Biden on the issues, compared with 56% who said this about Trump. And whereas just 15% of White evangelical Protestants say they agree with Biden on many, almost all or all issues, fully three-quarters (76%) said they backed Trump on many or all issues.

However, traditionally Democratic groups like Black Protestants and religious “nones” are indeed far more likely to say they agree with Biden on many or all issues than to have said this about Trump. 

Job ratings and issue positions aside, Biden is doing better than Trump among most religious groups when it comes to views about his conduct.

Across most religious groups, more people like Biden’s conduct than liked Trump’s

Across all the religious groups analyzed – aside from White evangelical Protestants – more people say they like the way Biden conducts himself as president than said this about Trump when Pew Research Center last asked this question in February 2020.

This pattern is most pronounced among traditionally Democratic groups: The share of Black Protestants who say they like the way Biden conducts himself is 75 percentage points higher than the share who said the same about Trump in February 2020 (81% vs. 6%), and the share of religious “nones” who say they like Biden’s conduct is 47 points higher (55% vs. 8%).

But even less traditionally Democratic groups give Biden higher marks for his conduct. The difference among White Catholics, for instance, is 22 points in favor of Biden (46% vs. 24%), and among White Protestants who are not evangelical it is 16 points (36% vs. 20%).

White evangelical Protestants are the major exception to this pattern. Only 14% of White evangelicals say they like the way Biden conducts himself, compared with 31% who said this about Trump in February 2020. White evangelical Protestants were Trump’s strongest supporters throughout his four-year term.

(PEW)

MAY 4, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/04/among-u-s-religious-groups-bidens-approval-ratings-are-mirror-image-of-trumps/

 

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70% Of U.S. Social Media Users Never Or Rarely Post Or Share About Political, Social Issues

Only 9% of adult social media users say they often post or share things about political or social issues on social media, according to newly released results from a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults conducted Sept. 8-13, 2020. Some 70% of social media users say they never (40%) or rarely (30%) do so.

Four-in-ten U.S. social media users say they never post or share about political, social issues on social media

When asked about five potential reasons for why they do not post about these topics, the top two reasons users cite are concerns that the things they post or share will be used against them and not wanting to be attacked for their views. About a third of those who never or rarely post or share about these issues say that each statement is a major reason.

Roughly a fifth of those who never or rarely post about these issues say that among major reasons for this are not having anything to add to the conversation, not paying close attention to political or social issues, or not wanting to offend others.

How we did this

Answers to these questions – asked of Americans last fall as the 2020 presidential election approached – vary by political party and ideology. Among social media users, Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party say they post about political or social issues less frequently – 74% say they never or rarely do so – compared with a smaller share (66%) of Democrats and Democratic leaners who say the same. Some 44% of Republican social media users and 36% of Democratic social media users say they never do this.

In both parties, social media users with relatively moderate views are more reluctant to post about political or social issues

The newly released results also reflect a pattern seen in other Center explorations of political posts on social media and other political activities such as voting and activism. Those toward the center of the ideological spectrum (that is, self-described conservative or moderate Democrats, and liberal or moderate Republicans) are more likely to be reluctant about engaging on social media than those at the edges of the spectrum (liberal Democrats or conservative Republicans).

Among social media users, Republicans who identify as moderate or liberal are 15 percentage points more likely than conservative Republicans to say they never or rarely post or share about political or social issues (83% vs. 68%). Similarly, roughly eight-in-ten conservative or moderate Democrats who use social media (77%) say they never or rarely post this type of content, compared with a smaller share of liberal Democrats (56%).

These new results are consistent with other Pew Research Center findings about the relatively modest prevalence of political posts on social media. For example, a Center analysis of tweets posted by U.S. adults with public accounts from June 2018-June 2019 found that only 13% of tweets mentioned national politics. Just 6% of these users were classified as “prolific political tweeters” (posting at least 10 tweets during that period, with at least a quarter of those tweets being about national politics). This pattern is not just specific to politics: A 2020 analysis found that a minority of users produce the vast majority of tweets more generally. Still, in a separate study during the recent election season, 55% of Americans said they were worn out by political posts on social media, with Republicans more likely to say this than Democrats.

There are also numerous ways social media users can be politically or socially active on social media, and these can vary based on current events. Some 14% of U.S. adults reported they had used a hashtag related to a political or social issue in the past year when asked about these issues in a 2018 survey, and 18% had changed their profile picture to show support for a cause in that same time frame. In a June 2020 survey conducted in the wake of global protests against racial injustice, roughly one-in-five social media users (18%) said they had used such a hashtag in the past month, while about a third (36%) had posted a picture to show their support for a cause.

Several potential reasons for not posting or sharing content about political or social issues are cited as major ones by similar shares of Democrats and Republicans in this new survey. There are other areas, however, where partisan and ideological differences stand out.

Among social media users, Republicans more likely to cite concerns they’d have content used against them or be attacked for views as major reasons for never or rarely posting about political or social issues

For instance, Republicans who use social media but post about these issues infrequently are more likely than their Democratic counterparts to say concern that this content could be used against them is a major reason they don’t post in this way (37% vs. 29%). They are also more likely to say a major reason is that they don’t want to be attacked for their views (36% vs. 27%) – and conservative Republicans are more likely than moderates or liberals within the party to cite this as a major reason for rarely if ever posting.

Other Center research has examined political discourse and perceived harassment both offline and online: For example, Republicans reported a less “comfortable” environment for expressing their views in a 2019 Center study on political discourse, and another recent study revealed that half of Americans who have experienced harassing behaviors online think this was a result of their political views.

When it comes to other major reasons someone might not post about political or social issues, similar shares of Democratic and Republican social media users who never or rarely do so cite not wanting to offend others, not paying close attention to these issues or not having anything to add to the conversation. Among Democratic social media users, however, infrequent posters who identify as conservative or moderate are more likely to say the latter two reasons are major ones, compared with their liberal counterparts.

(PEW)

MAY 4, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/04/70-of-u-s-social-media-users-never-or-rarely-post-or-share-about-political-social-issues/

 

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Just 11% Of Republicans And Republican-Leaning Independents Say Trump’s Accounts Should Be Permanently Banned From Social Media

Americans are split on whether former President Donald Trump should be barred from social media. Some 49% of U.S. adults say Trump’s accounts should be permanently banned from social media, while half say they should not be. But views are deeply divided along partisan lines, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. 

The survey, fielded April 12 to 18, was conducted before Facebook’s independent oversight board upheld for now the suspension of Trump’s account that was instituted in the wake of the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Several social media companies acted against Trump after the attack, claiming he violated their terms of use and that his rhetoric could result in more violence.

Strong partisan divide in Americans’ views of permanently banning Trump from social media

Republicans and Democrats hold deeply contrasting views of a lifetime ban for Trump. Just 11% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say Trump’s accounts should be permanently banned from social media, while 88% say they should not be. By comparison, 81% of Democrats and Democratic leaners say his accounts should be banned permanently. Roughly one-in-five Democrats (18%) do not support this type of ban on Trump’s accounts. 

While most Republicans do not support permanently barring Trump from social media, there are some ideological differences within the party. More than nine-in-ten conservative Republicans (95%) believe Trump’s accounts should not be permanently banned from social media, but that share is lower among moderate and liberal Republicans (77%). Among Democrats, liberals (85%) are somewhat more likely than conservatives and moderates (78%) to favor a permanent ban, though large majorities in both ideological groups favor it.

The Center’s new poll follows a January survey that gauged public reactions to the initial bans that social media companies imposed on Trump after the Capitol riots. In that survey, 58% of adults said they thought social media companies’ decisions to ban Trump’s accounts in the wake of the riots were the right thing to do, while 41% believed those decisions were the wrong thing to do.

And then – just like today – most Republicans (78%) said social media companies’ decisions to ban Trump’s accounts following the riots were the wrong thing to do, while a vast majority of Democrats (89%) supported these decisions.

Facebook created its oversight board in 2019 to be the final arbiter of important, controversial content decisions made by the platform. It began making decisions earlier this year. The board recently ordered Facebook to reinstate a post that accused Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of participating in efforts to kill the country’s Sikh religious minority.

(PEW)

MAY 5, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/05/americans-divided-on-whether-trump-should-be-permanently-banned-from-social-media/

 

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About Six-In-Ten Americans Say Abortion Should Be Legal In All Or Most Cases

Abortion has long been a contentious issue in the United States, and it is one that sharply divides Americans along partisan, ideological and religious lines.

Today, a 59% majority of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 39% think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. These views are relatively unchanged in the past few years. The latest Pew Research Center survey, conducted April 5 to 11, finds deep disagreement between – and within – the parties over abortion. In fact, the partisan divide on abortion is far wider than it was two decades ago.

In the latest survey, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are 45 percentage points more likely than Republicans and Republican leaners to say abortion should be legal in all or most cases (80% vs. 35%). This gap is little changed over the last few years, but the current divide is wider than it was in the past. For instance, as recently as 2016, there was a 33-point gap between the shares of Democrats (72%) and Republicans (39%) who supported legal abortion in all or most cases.

Partisan gap in views of whether abortion should be legal remains wide

This wider gap is mostly attributable to a steady increase in support for legal abortion among Democrats. In 2007, roughly two-thirds of Democrats and Democratic leaners (63%) said abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Support among Democrats has risen by nearly 20 points since then, and 80% now say abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

Views among Republicans have remained relatively steady during this period. In 2007, around four-in-ten Republicans (39%) said abortion should be legal in all or most cases; today, 35% say this.

Wide ideological gaps in both parties in views of abortion

There are ideological differences within both parties over abortion, though the divide is starker within the GOP. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 59% of moderates and liberals say abortion should legal in all or most cases, compared with just 22% of conservative Republicans.

While liberal Democrats are 17 percentage points more likely than conservative and moderate Democrats to say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, wide majorities of both groups (89% and 72%, respectively) say this.

Support for legal abortion varies by race and ethnicity, education and religious affiliation.

Modest gender gap in views of whether abortion should be legal

Majorities of adults across racial and ethnic groups say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. White adults and Hispanic adults, however, are slightly less likely to say this than Black and Asian adults. Nearly six-in-ten White (57%) and Hispanic adults (58%) say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, compared with larger majorities of Black (67%) and Asian (68%) adults.

Support for legal abortion is greater among those with higher levels of education. Those with postgraduate (71%) and bachelor’s (65%) degrees are more likely than those with less education to support legal abortion in at least most cases. Adults with no more than a high school education are divided on the issue: Half say abortion should be legal in at least most cases, while 47% say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.

White evangelical Protestants continue to be opposed to abortion in all or most cases. Around three-quarters of White evangelicals (77%) say it should be illegal in all or most cases, while 21% say it should be legal in at least most cases. In contrast, a majority of White Protestants who are not evangelical (63%) say abortion should be legal in all or most cases.  

Religious “nones” – those who are religiously unaffiliated – overwhelmingly support legal abortion. Around eight-in-ten (82%) say it should be legal in all or most cases, while just 16% say it should be illegal.

Among the public overall, there is a modest gender divide in views of whether abortion should be legal: 56% of men and 62% of women say it should be legal in at least most cases. Within both parties, the views of men and women are largely aligned: 80% of Democratic women and 79% of Democratic men say abortion should be legal in all or most cases; similarly, 32% of Republican men and 39% of Republican women say the same.

(PEW)

MAY 6, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/06/about-six-in-ten-americans-say-abortion-should-be-legal-in-all-or-most-cases/

 

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Around Half Of Americans (48%) See Gun Violence As A Very Big Problem In The Country Today

Guns are deeply ingrained in American society and the nation’s political debates.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to bear arms, and about a third of U.S. adults say they personally own a gun. At the same time, President Joe Biden and other policymakers have proposed new restrictions on firearm access in an effort to address gun violence ranging from rising murder rates in some major cities to mass shootings.

Here are some key findings about Americans’ attitudes about gun violence, gun policy and other subjects, drawn from recent surveys by Pew Research Center and Gallup.

Around half of Americans say gun violence is a very big problem in the country today

Around half of Americans (48%) see gun violence as a very big problem in the country today, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in April 2021. That’s comparable to the share who say the same about the federal budget deficit (49%), violent crime (48%), illegal immigration (48%) and the coronavirus outbreak (47%). Only one issue is viewed as a very big problem by a majority of Americans: the affordability of health care (56%).

Another 24% of adults say gun violence is a moderately big problem. About three-in-ten say it is either a small problem (22%) or not a problem at all (6%).

Attitudes about gun violence differ widely by race, ethnicity, party and community type. About eight-in-ten Black adults (82%) say gun violence is a very big problem – by far the largest share of any racial or ethnic group. By comparison, about six-in-ten Hispanic adults (58%) and 39% of White adults view gun violence this way. (Due to sample size limitations, data for Asian Americans is not available.)

Black Democrats more likely than White, Hispanic Democrats to say gun violence is a very big problem

Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are far more likely than Republicans and GOP leaners to see gun violence as a major problem (73% vs. 18%). And nearly two-thirds of Americans who describe their community as urban (65%) say the same, compared with 47% of suburbanites and 35% of those who live in rural areas.

Roughly half of Americans (53%) favor stricter gun laws, a decline since 2019, according to the April 2021 survey. Smaller shares say these laws are about right (32%) or should be less strict (14%). The share of Americans who say gun laws should be stricter has declined from 60% in September 2019. Current opinions are in line with what they were in March 2017.

Support for stricter gun laws has fluctuated in recent years; fewer back stricter laws now than in 2019

Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, views have shifted. Republicans are currently more likely to say gun laws should be less strict (27%) than stricter (20%). In 2019, by comparison, a larger share of Republicans favored stricter gun laws than less strict laws (31% vs. 20%). Both years, roughly half of Republicans said current gun laws were about right.

Today, a large majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (81%) say gun laws should be stricter, though this share has declined slightly since 2019 (from 86%).

Americans are divided over whether restricting legal gun ownership would lead to fewer mass shootings. Debates over the nation’s gun laws have often followed recent mass shootings. But Americans are split over whether legal changes would lead to fewer mass shootings, according to the spring 2021 poll. About half of adults (49%) say there would be fewer mass shootings if it was harder for people to obtain guns legally, while about as many either say this would make no difference (42%) or that there would be more mass shootings (9%).

The public is even more divided about the effects of gun ownership on crime overall. Around a third (34%) say that if more people owned guns, there would be more crime. The same percentage (34%) say there would be no difference in crime, while 31% say there would be less crime.

There is broad partisan agreement on some gun policy proposals, but most are politically divisive, the spring 2021 survey found. Majorities in both partisan coalitions favor two policies that would restrict gun access: preventing those with mental illnesses from purchasing guns (85% of Republicans and 90% of Democrats support this) and subjecting private gun sales and gun show sales to background checks (70% of Republicans, 92% of Democrats). Majorities in both parties also oppose allowing people to carry concealed firearms without a permit.

Bipartisan support for preventing the mentally ill from buying guns, expanded background checks; wide partisan differences on many other gun policies

Other proposals bring out stark partisan rifts. While 80% or more of Democrats favor creating a federal database to track all gun sales and banning both assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, majorities of Republicans oppose the proposals.

Most Republicans, on the other hand, support allowing people to carry concealed guns in more places (72%) and allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns in K-12 schools (66%). These proposals are supported by just 20% and 24% of Democrats, respectively.

Americans in rural areas typically favor more expansive gun access, while Americans in urban places prefer more restrictive policies, according to the April 2021 survey. Even though rural areas tend to be more Republican and urban communities more Democratic, this pattern holds true even for those who identify with the same political party. For example, 71% of rural Republicans favor allowing teachers and other school officials to carry guns in K-12 schools, compared with 56% of Republicans living in urban places. Conversely, about half of Republicans who live in urban communities (51%) favor bans on assault-style weapons, compared with 31% of those living in rural areas.

Less support for expanded gun background checks among Republicans in rural areas than those living in urban, suburban communities

Democrats favor more gun restrictions regardless of where they live, but there are still some differences by community type. A third of rural Democrats (33%), for instance, support allowing teachers and other school officials to carry guns in K-12 schools, compared with 21% of those in urban areas.

More than four-in-ten U.S. adults (44%) say they live in a household with a gun, including about a third (32%) who say they personally own one, according to a Gallup survey conducted in October 2020.

There are differences in gun ownership rates by political party affiliation, gender, geography and other factors. For instance, half of Republicans say they personally own a gun, compared with 18% of Democrats. (Independents are counted separately in the Gallup survey. Among independents, 29% say they personally own a gun.)

Men are more than twice as likely as women to own a gun (45% vs. 18%), and 48% of those living in towns or rural areas report owning a firearm, compared with about a quarter of those living in suburbs (25%) or cities (23%).

Federal data suggests that gun sales have risen in recent years, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, the number of monthly federal background checks for gun purchases was at least 20% higher than in the same month in 2019, according to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The largest percentage increase occurred in July 2020, when about 3.6 million background checks were completed – a 44% increase from July 2019.

Personal protection tops the list of reasons why gun owners say they own a firearm. In a separate Gallup survey in August 2019, gun owners were most likely to cite personal safety or protection as the reason they own a firearm. Roughly six-in-ten (63%) said this in an open-ended question. Considerably smaller shares gave other reasons, including hunting (40%), nonspecific recreation or sport (11%), that their gun was an antique or family heirloom (6%) or that the gun was related to their line of work (5%).

A Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2017 found similar patterns in firearm owners’ stated reasons for owning a gun, as well as in the overall share of Americans with a gun in their home.

(PEW)

MAY 11, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/11/key-facts-about-americans-and-guns/

 

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Immigration Was A Top Focus Of Early Biden Coverage, Especially Among Outlets With Right-Leaning Audiences

As more migrants arrive at the U.S. southern border, the politically polarized issue of immigration was one of the most dominant topics in the coverage of President Joe Biden’s early days in the White House.

Biden’s early efforts around immigration got the most attention in news outlets with right-leaning audiences

Immigration was one of the five topics most covered by 25 major news outlets, according to a Pew Research Center study of news coverage of the first 60 days of the Biden administration, accounting for 11% of all stories. It was topped only by health care (17%) and the economy (22%). (References to COVID-19 were coded separately from topics.)

But the amount of attention paid to Biden’s handling of immigration issues varied significantly across media outlets – a finding borne out by the content analysis and a survey of 12,045 U.S. adults.  

The topic of immigration (which included all references to immigration, including broader trends and changes in law, as well as stories about the border with Mexico) accounted for about twice as many stories from outlets with right-leaning audiences (20%) as from news outlets with left-leaning audiences (8% of stories) and those with ideologically mixed audiences (10%). (Details about how news outlets were grouped can be found here.) Indeed, among those outlets with right-leaning audiences, immigration was the No. 1 topic among stories related to the new administration, well ahead of both the economy (14%) and health care (13%).

Four years earlier, with Donald Trump pushing a crackdown on illegal immigration, the issue accounted for 14% of the stories about his first days in office, according to a similarly conducted study in 2017. The difference between then and now is that Trump’s immigration coverage was much more evenly distributed across outlets with left-leaning audiences (12%), mixed audiences (15%) and right-leaning audiences (also 15%).

Among top five topics covered, news stories about immigration policy under Biden were least likely to give positive assessments

The study also finds that the assessments of the Biden administration in stories about immigration during these first 60 days were more negative than the coverage overall. Across all stories studied, the tone of coverage of Biden’s new presidency was modestly more negative than positive – 32% of the stories carried a negative assessment, 23% carried a positive one and a plurality (45%) were neither positive nor negative.

But the assessments of the Biden administration’s handling of immigration were far more negative – about half of these stories (51%) had a negative assessment, compared with 15% that were positive and 34% that were neither. The only other topic among the top five to generate as much negative coverage was Biden’s political skills, at 53%. But there were also more positive stories on that topic (25%) and fewer that were neither (22%).

Americans who turn to outlets with right-leaning audiences most likely to have heard a lot about immigration and want to hear more

Americans who turn only to outlets with right-leaning audiences heard most about Biden immigration efforts

companion survey of U.S. adults was conducted March 8-14 to add context to the content analysis, which had found that media outlets with right-leaning audiences were the most heavily focused on the immigration issue in Biden’s first days in office. 

About one-third of all Americans (30%) said they had heard a lot about the administration’s efforts around reforming immigration policy. That trailed far behind those who said they heard a lot about the passage of the economic stimulus bill (77%), the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine (74%) and Biden’s use of executive actions to overturn some of Trump’s policies (52%).

But 45% of those who only got political news in the past week from outlets with right-leaning audiences said they had heard a lot about Biden’s efforts to reform immigration policy. That is significantly higher than the 31% of Americans overall who had a more mixed news diet, and roughly double the 21% who got news only from outlets with left-leaning audiences. (Find details about the survey and media diet groupings here.)

Overall, 11% of all Americans say the topic their main news sources paid the most attention to was immigration. But that number roughly triples to 34% among those whose media diets are only on the right. In stark contrast, just 5% of those who use only outlets with left-leaning audiences say their main sources paid the most attention to immigration.

Majority of Americans whose media diets are only on the right say immigration has gotten too little attention in the news

In a separate question about which initiatives had received too much, too little or the right amount of attention in the news, a plurality of U.S. adults (43%) said immigration had received too little attention, compared with 18% who said too much and 37% who said the right amount.

But nearly six-in-ten (59%) who got political news only from outlets with right-leaning audiences said the subject of immigration warranted more coverage. That compares with 44% of those with a more mixed media diet and 37% of those who got political news only from outlets with left-leaning audiences.

(PEW)

MAY 12, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/12/immigration-was-a-top-focus-of-early-biden-coverage-especially-among-outlets-with-right-leaning-audiences/

 

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12% Of Us Jewish Adults Say They Attend Religious Services Weekly Or More Often, Compared With 27% Of The General Public And 38% Of Us Christians

From Passover Seders to Jewish foods and life-cycle milestones such as bar and bat mitzvahs, some aspects of Jewish religious life and culture are widespread among American Jews. But other religious expressions – such as regular attendance at synagogue services and belief in God as described in the Bible – are much less common, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

In fact, based on these more traditional measures of religious observance, Jews in the United States are far less religious than U.S. Christians and Americans overall.

For example, 12% of U.S. Jewish adults say they attend religious services weekly or more often, compared with 27% of the general public and 38% of U.S. Christians. And 21% of Jewish adults say religion is very important in their lives, compared with 41% of U.S. adults overall and 57% of Christians.

U.S. Jews less likely than Christians to attend religious services weekly

There are even bigger gaps when it comes to belief in God. About a quarter of Jews (26%) say they believe in God as described in the Bible, compared with more than half of U.S. adults overall (56%) and eight-in-ten Christians. Jews are more likely than U.S. adults overall (50% vs. 33%) to say they believe in some other spiritual force or higher power, but not in God as described in the Bible. Jewish adults also are twice as likely as the general public to say they do not believe in any kind of higher power or spiritual force in the universe (22% vs. 10%).

Orthodox Jews – who make up 9% of all U.S. Jews – are a notable exception. They are among the most highly religious groups in U.S. society by these measures. For example, 86% of Orthodox Jews say religion is very important in their lives, as do 78% of Black Protestants and 76% of White evangelical Protestants, two of the most highly religious Christian subgroups. Orthodox Jews (93%) also are about as likely as White evangelicals (94%) and Black Protestants (88%) to say they believe in God as described in the Bible.

Vast majority of Orthodox Jews say religion is very important to them, but few Reform Jews say the same

Conservative and Reform Jews, who together make up 54% of U.S. Jews, are much less religious than Orthodox Jews by these measures. A third of Conservative Jews and 14% of Reform Jews say religion is very important in their lives. Moreover, 37% of Conservative Jews and 18% of Reform Jews believe in God as described in the Bible.

In analyzing the survey results, Pew Research Center also distinguished between two sets of respondents: those who say their religion is Jewish (referred to as “Jews by religion”) and those who describe themselves religiously as atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular, but who have a Jewish parent or were raised Jewish and still identify as Jewish in ways other than religion, such as culturally, ethnically or because of their family background (referred to as “Jews of no religion”). By these definitions, 73% of U.S. Jews are Jews by religion, while 27% are Jews of no religion.

Not surprisingly, Jews of no religion are much less religious than Jews by religion, at least by some standard measures. Fewer than 1% of Jews of no religion say they attend religious services at least weekly, compared with 16% of Jews by religion. And while 6% of Jews of no religion say religion is very important to them, the share is much higher (33%) among Jews by religion.

The fact that U.S. Jews as a whole are less likely than Americans overall to say religion is very important to them does not necessarily mean their Jewish identity is not meaningful to them. In fact, twice as many Jews say “being Jewish” is very important to them as say their religion is very important to them (42% vs. 21%). More than half of Jews by religion (55%) say being Jewish is very important to them, compared with just 7% of Jews of no religion.

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Both Jews by religion and Jews of no religion are more likely to engage with Judaism in other ways. Roughly six-in-ten Jewish Americans overall say they held or attended a Passover Seder in the year prior to the survey, including 74% of Jews by religion and 30% of Jews of no religion.  Similar shares in both groups say they observed a life milestone such as a bar or bat mitzvah during that period. And about eight-in-ten Jews by religion (78%) say they often or sometimes cook or eat traditional Jewish foods, while roughly half of Jews of no religion (54%) say this.

Eating traditional Jewish foods is not to be mistaken with keeping kosher: Just 17% of U.S. Jews say they keep kosher in their homes, including 22% of Jews by religion and 3% of Jews of no religion. The vast majority of Orthodox Jews (95%) keep kosher at home, compared with 24% of Conservative Jews and 5% of Reform Jews.

(PEW)

MAY 13, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/13/jews-in-u-s-are-far-less-religious-than-christians-and-americans-overall-at-least-by-traditional-measures/

 

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69% Of Adults Ages 20 To 29 Who Had Graduated From College During The Previous Spring Were Employed, Lower Than The Share Of 2019 Graduates Who Were Employed In October Of That Year (78%)

From their virtual commencements, the class of 2020 graduates looked out into a very different economic future than their predecessors the year before – one upended by a recession caused by a pandemic that has been particularly hard on young workers. The challenges of a pandemic economy are evident in the labor market outcomes of 2020 college graduates, who have experienced a downturn in employment and labor force participation, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from January to October collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2020 college graduates less likely to be in the labor force or employed than their 2019 predecessors

In October 2020, 69% of adults ages 20 to 29 who had graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher during the previous spring were employed, lower than the share of 2019 graduates who were employed in October of that year (78%). The labor force participation rate for recent college graduates – or the share of people employed or actively looking for a job – also dropped from 86% to 79% during this one-year period. As has been widely documented, the broader labor market took a significant hit during the pandemic. Among all Americans ages 16 and older, the employment rate declined from 61% in October 2019 to 58% in October 2020, and the labor force participation rate declined from 63% to 62%.

2020 college graduates have seen bigger falloff in labor force participation than college grads did in early months of Great Recession

While it is too early to compare the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 recession and the Great Recession on recent college graduates, there is evidence that the outcomes for these young adults have differed in the months following their graduation. The labor force participation rates for the classes of 2007 and 2008 were relatively unchanged, whereas the class of 2020 saw a marked decline compared with the class of 2019.

Class of 2020 high school graduates – young adults ages 16 to 24 who graduated from high school in the previous spring – faced their own challenges as they made decisions about entering the labor market or enrolling in college, among other options. Overall, college enrollment rates are largely unchanged for the class of 2020 compared with the class of 2019. However, an earlier analysis looking at the share of all 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in college showed that there was a slight decline in enrollment among certain demographic groups, including Black and Asian young adults.

Among high school graduates who were not enrolled in college in the fall after graduation, the employment rate was similar in 2019 and 2020. However, there was a notable drop among women in this group: 65% were employed in 2019 vs. 54% in 2020 (there was no change among men in this group).

(PEW)

MAY 14, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/14/college-graduates-in-the-year-of-covid-19-experienced-a-drop-in-employment-labor-force-participation/

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About Four-In-Ten (41%) Americans Say News Organizations Are Growing In Their Influence

Americans’ views about the influence of the media in the country have shifted dramatically over the course of a year in which there was much discussion about the news media’s role during the election and post-election coverage, the COVID-19 pandemic and protests about racial justice. More Americans now say that news organizations are gaining influence than say their influence is waning, a stark contrast to just one year ago when the reverse was true.

When Americans were asked to evaluate the media’s standing in the nation, about four-in-ten (41%) say news organizations are growing in their influence, somewhat higher than the one-third (33%) who say their influence is declining, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted March 8-14, 2021. The remaining one-quarter of U.S. adults say they are neither growing nor declining in influence.

By comparison, Americans in early 2020 were far more likely to say the news media were declining in influence. Nearly half (48%) at that time said this, compared with far fewer (32%) who said news organizations were growing in influence.

The 2021 figures more closely resemble responses from 2011 – the next most recent time this was asked – and before, in that more Americans then said the news media were growing in influence than declining. Views could have shifted in the gap between 2011 and 2020, but if so, they have now shifted back. (It should be noted that prior to 2020, this question was asked on the phone instead of on the web.)

What’s more, this shift in views of the media’s influence in the country occurred among members of both political parties – and in the same direction.

Both Democrats and Republicans are more likely than last year to think the media are growing in influence

Republicans and Republican-leaning independents are about evenly split in whether they think news organizations are growing (40%) or declining in influence (41%). This is very different from a year ago, when Republicans were twice as likely to say their influence was declining than growing (56% vs. 28%).

And Democrats and Democratic leaners are now much more likely to say news organizations are growing (43%) than declining in influence (28%), while a year ago they were slightly more likely to say influence was declining (42% vs. 36% growing).

Overall, then, Republicans are still more likely than Democrats to say the news media are losing standing in the country, though the two groups are more on par in thinking that the media are increasing in their influence. (Democrats are somewhat more likely than Republicans to say news organizations are neither growing nor declining in influence – 29% vs. 19%.)  

Americans who trust national news organizations are more likely to think news media influence is growing

Trust in media closely ties to whether its influence is seen as growing or declining. Those who have greater trust in national news organizations tend to be more likely to see the news media gaining influence, while those with low levels of trust are generally more likely to see it waning.

Americans who say they have a great deal of trust in the accuracy of political news from national news organizations are twice as likely to say the news media are growing than declining in influence (48% vs. 24%, respectively). Conversely, those who have no trust at all are much more likely to think that news organizations are declining (47% vs. 33% who say they are growing).

Most demographic groups more likely to say the news media growing than declining in influence

Black Americans are far more likely to think that the news media are growing in influence rather than declining (48% vs. 19%, respectively), as are Hispanic Americans though to a somewhat lesser degree. White Americans, on the other hand, are about evenly split in thinking the news media are growing or declining in influence (39% vs. 37%, respectively). And while men are about evenly split (39% growing vs. 38% declining), women are more likely to say news organizations are growing (43%) than declining (29%) in influence.

(PEW)

MAY 17, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/17/more-americans-now-see-the-medias-influence-growing-compared-with-a-year-ago/

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A Third Of Large US Newspapers Experienced Layoffs In 2020, More Than In 2019

Staff layoffs continued to pummel the beleaguered U.S. newspaper industry in 2020. A third of papers with an average Sunday circulation of 50,000 or more experienced layoffs last year, a period complicated by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis which examined news articles that cited staff layoffs at these outlets.

These 2020 layoffs exceed the roughly one-quarter of papers in the same circulation range that experienced layoffs in 2019 (many were the same papers) as employment within the newspaper industry continued to fall precipitously in recent years.

Large-market newspapers – those with a Sunday circulation of 250,000 or more – were the most likely to suffer layoffs in 2020, with more than half of them experiencing staff cuts. That is unlike 2019, when cuts were roughly similar across the different tiers of circulation groups studied. Meanwhile, digital-native news outlets saw a slight uptick in layoffs in 2020 compared with 2019.

During the coronavirus pandemic, many small and medium-sized newspaper companies were able to apply for federal aid through the CARES Act, a federal coronavirus aid package designed to help small businesses pay employees and other expenses. However, due to rules surrounding this loan program, many local newspapers owned by larger companies such as Gannett or McClatchy were not eligible to apply.

This analysis examines layoffs at large newspapers and digital-native news outlets during the 2017-2020 calendar years, but does not include other cost-cutting measures. During early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, many news media companies either delayed or avoided layoffs by first instituting cost-cutting measures such as furloughs or pay cuts.

About one-in-ten newspapers experienced multiple rounds of layoffs in 2020

Of the one-third of newspapers with an average Sunday circulation of 50,000 or higher that experienced layoffs in 2020, roughly one-in-ten (11%) experienced more than one publicly reported layoff, according to the study. By comparison, while fewer newspapers experienced layoffs in 2019, nearly a quarter (24%) of those that did have them expereniced multiple rounds of layoffs that year.

Nearly half of newspapers (46%) that experienced layoffs in 2020 also had layoffs in 2019, indicating that many of the same papers have been forced to implement layoffs multiple times in recent years.

These findings come amid reports that many small newspapers have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and many more have sought federal aid in order to stay afloat.

Medium- and large-market newspapers saw an increase in layoffs in 2020 from 2019

Layoffs at larger U.S. newspapers increased in 2020

Medium- and large-market newspapers – those with average Sunday circulations of 100,000 to 249,999 and 250,000 or above, respectively – experienced more layoffs in 2020 compared with 2019.

Roughly three-in-ten medium-market newspapers (27%) had publicly announced layoffs in 2020, compared with 18% in 2019. Among larger-market newspapers (those with a circulation of at least 250,000), more than half of those studied (55%) experienced layoffs in 2020. In 2019, about a quarter (27%) of larger-circulation newspapers experienced layoffs.

Smaller-market newspapers, those with a circulation between 50,000 and 99,999, experienced about the same proportion of layoffs in 2020 as 2019 (31% vs. 29%).

Layoffs at U.S. digital-native news outlets increased in 2020

Share of digital-native news outlets experiencing layoffs increased in 2020

Among the largest digital-native news outlets – those with a monthly average of at least 10 million unique visitors – 18% went through layoffs in 2020, up from 11% in 2019. In 2020, no digital-native news outlet that was studied experienced multiple rounds of layoffs.

While the percentage of digital-native outlets experiencing a layoff was higher in 2020 than the two years prior, it is similar to 2017, when 20% of digital-native outlets had at least one publicly announced layoff.

It is worth noting that most of the layoffs that occurred at digital-native news outlets in 2020 occurred in the latter half of the year, after the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the U.S. During the early part of the outbreak, many digital news outlets postponed or avoided layoffs entirely by first implementing pay cuts and furloughs.

(PEW)

MAY 21, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/21/a-third-of-large-u-s-newspapers-experienced-layoffs-in-2020-more-than-in-2019/

 

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45% Of US Jewish Adults, And An Additional 37% Say Caring About Israel Is Important, But Not Essential

Israel, the world’s only Jewish-majority country, is a subject of special concern to many Jews in the United States. Caring about Israel is “essential” to what being Jewish means to 45% of U.S. Jewish adults, and an additional 37% say it is “important, but not essential,” according to a new Pew Research Center survey that was fielded from Nov. 19, 2019, to June 3, 2020 – well before the latest surge of violence in the region. Just 16% of U.S. Jewish adults say that caring about Israel is “not important” to their Jewish identity.

However, the survey found that Jewish Americans – much like the U.S. public overall – also hold widely differing views on Israel and its political leadership.

Most Jewish Americans identify as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party, and more than half gave negative ratings at the time of the survey both to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to then-President Donald Trump’s handling of U.S. policy toward Israel. But Orthodox Jews – 75% of whom are Republican or lean Republican – generally rated both Netanyahu and Trump positively.

Orthodox Jews were also more likely than Jews in other denominations to say that the Israeli government was making a sincere effort to reach a peace settlement with the Palestinians and that God gave the land that is now Israel to the Jewish people. By contrast, most Jewish Americans said they did not think that either the Israeli government or Palestinian leaders were sincerely seeking peace. And most Jewish adults took the position that God “did not literally give” the land of Israel to the Jewish people (42%) or said they do not believe in God or a higher power at all (24%).

This analysis looks at the size of the gaps among U.S. Jews on a range of questions about Israel depending on differences in Jewish denomination, political party and age.

More than half of all U.S. Jews belong to the two long-dominant branches of American Judaism: 37% identify as Reform and 17% as Conservative. Roughly one-in-ten (9%) describe themselves as Orthodox. Other branches, such as the Reconstructionist movement and Humanistic Judaism, total about 4%, and due to small sample sizes cannot be analyzed separately. One-third of Jewish adults (32%) do not identify with any particular stream or institutional branch of Judaism.

Among U.S. Jews overall, 58% say they are very or somewhat emotionally attached to Israel, a sentiment held by majorities in all of the three largest U.S. Jewish denominations. However, Orthodox (82%) and Conservative (78%) Jewish adults are more likely than those who identify as Reform (58%) to feel this way. Conversely, among U.S. Jews who do not belong to any particular branch, a majority say that they feel not too or not at all attached to Israel.

And while 60% of Jews overall say they have a lot or some in common with Jews in Israel, Orthodox Jews (91%) are more likely than Conservative Jews (77%), Reform Jews (61%) or those who don’t identify with any branch (39%) to express this feeling.

On some political and theological questions in the survey, the differences across denominations are starker. There is an especially large gap on whether God gave the land that is now Israel to the Jewish people. The vast majority of Orthodox Jews (87%) say they believe God gave the land that is now Israel to the Jewish people, compared with 46% of Conservative Jews, about a quarter of Reform Jews and about one-in-five of those who don’t affiliate with any branch of American Judaism.

Party affiliation is another clear dividing line in Jewish Americans’ views on Israel. About seven-in-ten Jewish Republicans and independents who lean Republican (72%) say they are very or somewhat attached to Israel, compared with about half of Democratic and Democratic-leaning Jews (52%). There are similar gaps across the political aisle in the percentages of Jews who closely follow news about Israel and feel they have at least some things in common with Jews in Israel.

It’s important to keep in mind that the survey was conducted during the final 14 months of Trump’s term, after the administration moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but before it announced agreements for the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel. At that time, eight-in-ten Republican U.S. Jews rated Netanyahu’s leadership as excellent (42%) or good (40%), compared with just a quarter of Jewish Democrats. A solid majority of Jewish Democrats gave Netanyahu “only fair” (32%) or poor (38%) marks.

Similarly, Jewish Republicans were roughly four times as likely as Jewish Democrats to rate Trump’s handling of U.S. policy toward Israel as excellent or good (89% vs. 21%). And Jewish Republicans were much more likely than Jewish Democrats to say they had heard of the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement, and that they strongly oppose it.

Another way of examining differences among Jewish Americans is to look at age gaps. While Orthodox Jews tend to be relatively young and feel a strong attachment to Israel, younger Jews – as a whole – are less attached to Israel than their older counterparts. Two-thirds of Jews ages 65 and older say that they are very or somewhat emotionally attached to Israel, compared with 48% of those ages 18 to 29.

In addition, Jewish Americans 65 and older are more likely than the youngest adults to say that caring about Israel is essential to what being Jewish means to them, to follow news about Israel at least somewhat closely, and to know about and strongly oppose BDS.

And when it comes to assessments of Netanyahu’s leadership and of Trump’s handling of U.S. policy toward Israel, U.S. Jews ages 65 and older were more likely than those under 30 to have rated the performance of both men positively.

(PEW)

MAY 21, 2021

Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/05/21/u-s-jews-have-widely-differing-views-on-israel/

 

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Liberals (38%) in the Driver’s Seat over Conservatives (29%) as Vaccination Rollout Hits its Stride

Toronto, ON, May 18, 2021 – Canadians are continuing to reward the federal Liberals with their intended vote support as approval for the Prime Minister remains high. According to a new Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News, the Liberals remain in the driver’s seat with a strong lead over the Conservatives in each of Canada’s most-populous provinces, which would likely secure them a majority government.

If the election were held tomorrow, 38% of decided voters would vote for the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau, unchanged since Ipsos/Global News post-budget survey last month. Three in ten (29%) would vote for Erin O’Toole’s Conservative Party, up 2 points since last month. Two in ten (21%) decided voters would cast their ballot for their local NDP candidate, led by Jagmeet Singh, also up 2 points. Yves-Francois Blanchet and the Bloc would receive 6% of the vote nationally, down 1 point (or 30% of the popular vote within in Quebec).

Annamie Paul and the Green Party, would receive 5% of the vote (down 2 points), while the rest of the vote would go to the People’s Party (1%) or some other party (<1%). Two in ten Canadians would either not vote (6%) or remain undecided (15%).

All told, four in ten (41%, down 3 points since last month) Canadians believe the Trudeau government has done a good job and deserves re-election, a figure which typically tracks very closely to the percentage of the popular vote the incumbent receives on election day. This figure, along with the fact that 50% of Canadians approve (11% strongly/39% somewhat) of the performance of the Liberal government under Justin Trudeau (down 1 point), give the Liberals a very good shot at a majority government, should the vote composition fall out favourably for them – which it does.

The Liberals have a strong lead among decided voters in each of Canada’s three most-populous provinces, which would be the key to delivering Trudeau a majority government:

  • In Ontario, the Liberals (41%) lead the Conservatives (34%), NDP (20%) Green Party (3%) and others (2%).
  • In Quebec, the Liberals (40%) have a ten-point lead over the Bloc (30%), with the Tories (15%), NDP (9%), Greens (5%) and others (1%) behind.
  • In British Columbia, the Liberals (36%) are in the lead, with the NDP (28%) and Conservatives (26%) statistically tied in second. The Green Party (9%) and others (2%) lag behind.
  • In Alberta, while the Tories (36%) are in the lead over the NDP (30%), Liberals (24%), Greens (5%) and others (4%), it is clear that the struggles of the provincial Kenney government are having adverse effects on the Tory brand more generally, and have chipped away at the federal Tory lead within Alberta.
  • In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the Conservatives (39%) lead the Liberals (28%), NDP (26%) and Greens (7%).
  • In Atlantic Canada, the Liberals (50%) have a commanding lead over the NDP (26%), Conservatives (22%), and the Greens (2%).

Not only do the Liberals lead in all the seat-rich regions of the country, but also among all of the key demographic voting blocks which drive the overall results:

  • Among women, the Liberals (37%) are ahead of the NDP (27%), Conservatives (24%), Bloc (5%), Greens (5%) and others (1%).
  • Among men, the Liberals (39%) also lead the Conservatives (33%) which is particularly challenging for the Conservatives, since this is a demographic group they need to win in order to be competitive with the Liberals. The NDP (15%), Bloc (7%), Greens (4%) and People’s Party (2%) trail.
  • Among those aged 55+, the Liberals (39%) lead the Conservatives (34%), which is yet another challenge for the Tories, since traditionally this is a core constituency for the Conservatives. The NDP (14%), Bloc (6%), Greens (6%) and others (2%) are further behind.
  • Among those aged 35-54, the Liberals (41%) have a commanding lead over the Conservatives (25%), NDP (22%), Bloc (7%), Greens (4%) and others (2%: 1% People’s Party, 1% other).
  • Among those aged 18-34, the Liberals (33%) and NDP (30%) are in a tight race, with the Tories (26%) not far back, while the Bloc (6%), Greens (3%) and others (1% People’s party, <1% others) are further back.

(Ipsos Canada)

18 May 2021

Source: https://www.ipsos.com/en-ca/news-polls/liberals-in-drivers-seat-over-conservatives-as-vaccination-rollout-hits-its-stride

 

689-691-43-47/Poll

Seven In Ten (70%) Canadians Believe Summer 2021 Will Be A Disappointment Given The Ongoing Covid Restrictions

Toronto, ON, May 20, 2021 – Given the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions that have been implemented throughout the country, a strong majority (70%) of Canadians agree (21% strongly/49% somewhat) that this summer will be a disappointment, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News. Those residing in Ontario and Atlantic provinces are the most likely to agree that summer 2021 will be a disappointment, while those in Quebec are least likely to agree (75%, 75% vs 62%). Perhaps not surprising, those who have not been vaccinated are more likely to agree that this summer will be a disappointment compared to those who have been vaccinated (74% vs 67%).

While a majority sees the upcoming summer as a disappointment, many believe it will still be better than last year’s summer: six in ten (61%) Canadians agree (10% strongly/51% somewhat) that they are confident summer 2021 will be better than the summer of 2020. This opinion is more pronounced among those aged 18-34 (66% of those aged 18-34 vs 61% of those aged 55+ vs 56% of those aged 35-54). Additionally, those residing in Quebec are more likely to agree than the other provinces (75% Quebec vs 67% BC, 57% Atlantic, 56% Alberta, 54% Ontario, 53% Saskatchewan/Manitoba).

Hesitation around Travel Remains

Despite vaccination efforts ramping up across the country, only one quarter (26%) of Canadians agree (6% strongly/20% somewhat) that they plan on traveling outside of their province this summer. Men are more likely to travel (31% vs 21% women), as are those aged 18-34 (38% vs 26% 35-54, 18% 55+). Looking at a regional breakdown, those residing in Alberta and Saskatchewan/Manitoba are more likely to agree that they plan on traveling outside of their province this summer (43% Alberta, 40% Saskatchewan/Manitoba vs  26% Quebec, 22% Ontario, 22% Atlantic, 21% BC).                       

The hesitation towards travel is more present when it comes to travelling abroad (not surprising given the border restrictions still in place), with only one in eight (15%) Canadians agreeing (4% strongly/11% somewhat) that they plan on traveling outside of Canada this summer. When it comes to venturing outside Canada’s borders, similar demographics seem more willing to be on the move: men (18% vs 12% women) and those aged 18-34 (23% 18-34 vs 14% 35-54 vs 10% 55+) are more likely to say they’ll travel outside of Canada this summer.

Although the United States has a higher proportion of fully vaccinated residents, Canadians remain wary of the border re-opening, with only a quarter (25%) agreeing (9% strongly/16% somewhat) that it is now safe to re-open the Canada-US border to travelers. Again, men (31% vs 19% women) and those aged 18-34 (34% 18-34 vs 24% 35-54 vs 20% 55+) are more likely to agree that it is now safe for the border to re-open to travelers.

Indoor Events Still a No-Go for Most Canadians

When it comes public events, fewer than half (45%) of Canadians agree (13% strongly/31% somewhat) that they would feel safe attending an outdoor public festival or event this summer. Men (49% vs 41% women) and those aged 18-34 (56% 18-34 vs 45% 35-54, 35% 55+) are more likely to agree that they would feel safe attending an outdoor public event this summer. As well, Conversative party voters are more likely to agree (54% Conservative party voters vs 41% Liberal party voters, 35% NDP voters). Notably, those who have not been vaccinated are more likely to feel safe attending an outdoor public event this summer compared to those that have been vaccinated (49% vs 41%), but this is likely a function of age as most younger people are still waiting to get vaccinated.  

There is more hesitation regarding indoor events, with only a third (28%) of Canadians agreeing (8% strongly/20% somewhat) that they would feel safe attending an indoor public festival or event this summer. Following a similar pattern, men (34% vs 23% female) and those aged 18-34 (43% 18-34, 25% 35-54, 20% 55+) are more likely to agree that they would feel safe attending an indoor public festival or event this summer. As well, Conservative party voters are more likely to agree (35% Conservative voters vs 24% Liberal party, 23% NDP voters). Similarly to outdoor events, those who have not been vaccinated are more likely to agree that they would feel safe attending an indoor public event this summer compared to those who have been vaccinated (35% vs 23%), once again being driven by younger people are seemingly less cautious than their older counterparts.

(Ipsos Canada)

20 May 2021

Source: https://www.ipsos.com/en-ca/news-polls/seven-in-ten-canadians-believe-summer-2021-will-be-a-disappointment

 

AUSTRALIA

689-691-43-48/Poll

New Zealand Government Lead Over Opposition Down To 14% In April – Smallest Lead Since January 2020

The governing parties are now 14% points ahead of the Parliamentary opposition National/Act NZ/Maori Party on 41%, up 6% points since March. Support for National has now recovered to its highest since last year’s election, up 6.5% points to 29.5%, and is the highest for exactly a year since April 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recovery in support for National has come from both the Labour Party and fellow Opposition Party Act NZ, now on 9%, down 2% points from March. Support for the Maori Party has increased and is up by 1.5% points to post-election high of 2.5% in April.

This latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll on voting intention was conducted by telephone – both landline and mobile – with a New Zealand-wide cross-section of 933 electors during April. Electors were asked: “If a New Zealand Election were held today which party would receive your party vote?” Of all electors surveyed there were 6% (up 1.5% points) who didn’t name a party.

Labour/Greens (55%) lead over opposition National/Act NZ/Maori (41%) cut to 14% points

In April 55% of electors supported the Labour/Greens governing partnership, down 2.5% points on March. The governing parties are now 14% points ahead of the Parliamentary opposition National/Act NZ/Maori Party on 41%, up 6% points since March.

This is the narrowest lead for the Labour-led Government for over a year since January 2020 when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Government led 53% cf. 43% over the National-led Opposition.

A small minority of 4% of electors support other minor parties outside Parliament with support for NZ First down 1.5% points to 1% and The Opportunities Party (TOP) down 1.5% points to 0.5% in April.

New Zealand Government Confidence Rating virtually unchanged at 136 in April

In April a slightly increased majority of 62.5% of New Zealand electors (up 1% point) said New Zealand was ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to just over a quarter, 26.5% (up 0.5% points) who said New Zealand was ‘heading in the wrong direction’.

Michele Levine, CEO Roy Morgan, says the New Zealand-Australia travel bubble finally opened in mid-April, however the restored availability of quarantine free holidays in Australia hasn’t provided a boost to the Government as other issues come to the fore:

“The long-awaited travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia finally opened on April 19 but the re-opened borders haven’t provided a boost to the Ardern Government with other issues dominating the discussion in recent weeks.

“Opposition Leader Judith Collins has criticised the Government’s proposed reforms to New Zealand’s Health System which will scrap the existing 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) to be replaced with by a single national authority known as ‘Health NZ’.

“Health NZ will operate four regional divisions and there will be a separate Maori Health Authority (MHA) empowered to develop health policy and commission health services specifically for Maori. Collins has criticised the proposal as she claims health issues stem from poverty rather than race and segregating the health system along racial lines will not address these issues.

“Also in the headlines has been New Zealand’s stance on China and its contrast with its allies in the Five Eyes alliance including the US, UK, Australia and Canada. Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said New Zealand was uncomfortable using the Five Eyes intelligence and security network to define New Zealand’s relationship with China and stated that New Zealand needs to ‘maintain and respect the particular customs, traditions and values’ held by China.

“There has been pushback from MPs in close allies the UK and Australia on Mahuta’s statement particularly as it relates to alleged human rights abuses by the Chinese Government against the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang. The opposition Act NZ party is set to introduce a resolution to Parliament in early May that declares China’s oppression of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang as an ‘act of genocide’ which will put a further spotlight on the Government’s position on the issue.

“These issues have clearly dented support for the Labour/Greens coalition and the latest Roy Morgan New Zealand Poll shows they have the support of 55% of electors in April, down 2.5% points from March and only 14% points ahead of the National-led Opposition on 41% - the narrowest margin since January 2020 pre-pandemic.”

New Zealand Party Vote: 2020-21

 https://www.roymorgan.com/~/media/files/morgan%20poll/2020s/2021/may/8699-c1.png?la=enSource: Roy Morgan New Zealand Single Source. January 2020 – April 2021. Base: New Zealand electors aged 18+. Average interviews per month = 925.

New Zealand Party Vote: NZ Govt. v Parliamentary Opposition

https://www.roymorgan.com/~/media/files/morgan%20poll/2020s/2021/may/8699-c2.png?la=enSource: Roy Morgan New Zealand Single Source. January 2020 – April 2021. Base: New Zealand electors aged 18+. Average interviews per month = 925.

Roy Morgan NZ Government Confidence Rating vs. ANZ-Roy Morgan NZ Consumer Confidence