More than half of French people disapprove of the government’s management of the coronavirus crisis, according to a poll released Wednesday, although most are trying to remain optimistic despite the stiff blockade imposed to help curb the spread of the disease. The poll, conducted by Elabe-Berger Levrault for the 24-hour news channel BFM-TV, found that 56% of French people think that the health crisis is “poorly managed” by President Macron’s government.
Forty-four percent said the Macron administration managed the crisis “well”.
However, 52 percent said they “don’t trust” the government to do what’s right to fight the epidemic, compared with 48 percent who said otherwise.
Over two thirds (64 percent) told pollsters that they were doing their best to stay positive despite the blockade.
But 87% still expressed “concern” about the spiral pandemic.
A separate Kantar poll for Le Figaro, also released on Wednesday, found that only 33% of French people think that public services in their country are ready to face the epidemic and its consequences.
The survey, conducted in all G7 countries – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – also found that most of the people interviewed washed their hands longer to avoid getting sick.
In Britain, only 28 percent of people said they started working from home more often and only slightly more than half said they avoided visits to elderly and vulnerable relatives and friends where possible showed the survey.
The poll was conducted last week before Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered people to stay home.
Italy, the country most affected by the virus, had the largest number of respondents saying they were “very concerned” about the health of their local community, the availability of local health services and assistance to the elderly and vulnerable people.
But it also had the largest number of people who approved of the way their government was responding to the pandemic, 39 percent.
Japan has the lowest number of people in this category (5 percent) followed by the United Kingdom (17 percent).
The highly contagious infection caused the complete closure of entire countries and regions, the stoppage of services and production and the breakdown of supply chains.
Almost a third of the world’s population is now under strict orders to stay indoors.
Many governments have followed the advice of health experts, who have repeatedly warned that the only way to slow the epidemic and save lives is to impose drastic “social removal” measures.
The new coronavirus, which originated in China in December, has infected over 438,000 people worldwide and killed over 20,000, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
• The Elabe survey of 1,003 people was conducted online on March 23-24; while the Kantar survey took place from March 19-21, with an average of 1,000 people surveyed in each G7 country.