Q. Which of the following is closer to your personal views of the Covid-19 outbreak?
|There has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19||33%||36%||30%||39%||37%||23%||34%||30%|
|The response to the threat of Covid-19 is about right||39%||40%||39%||40%||33%||44%||39%||39%|
|The threat of Covid-19 has been under-estimated||28%||24%||32%||21%||30%||33%||27%||31%|
- A third of people believe there has been an over-reaction to the threat of Covid-19. Men (36%) and those aged 18-34 (39%) are more likely to think there has been an over-reaction than women (30%) and those aged 55+ (23%).
- 39% think the reaction has been proportionate to the threat and 28% believe the threat has been under-estimated.
- Those who think there has been an over-reaction are less concerned about the threat of Covid-19 (69% very/somewhat concerned, compared to 92% who think the threat has been under-estimated) and think they are less likely to contract the virus (38% to 49% very/somewhat likely to catch Covid-19).
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