Public approve handling of pandemic

More than 90 per cent of people in a poll said that the Government had handled the Covid-19 crisis well, it was revealed yesterday.

A survey by Total Research Associates and Narrative Research found that 92 per cent of people they talked to were satisfied with the overall response to the pandemic.

One third of those surveyed said they were completely satisfied with the response and 60 per cent reported they were “mostly satisfied”.

The main reasons for satisfaction were said to be the Government’s strong communication efforts, the implementation of the lockdown and an overall belief that the administration had done a good job.

A total of 25 people said they were dissatisfied and the main reasons given were poor communication from Government, a delay in imposition of the lockdown and that testing needed to be improved.

The shelter-in-place regulations were in force at the time of the survey and two thirds of those surveyed rated it as “highly effective” in prevention of the spread of Covid-19.

People who rated it as less than effective said that was because too many people ignored the rules.

The poll found that non-Bermudians and people aged 55 and over were more likely to have rated the shelter-in-place regulations as highly effective.

The survey was carried out between April 22 and 29 with a random sample of 400 people aged 18 and over.

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