March 2020: Survey conducted by INSCOP Research in partnership with Verifield, at the request of Capital magazine – Part I

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Part I

The overwhelming majority of Romanians supports the measures taken by the authorities to limit the spread of the new virus and to counter its negative effects on the economy, according to the latest INSCOP Research survey conducted in partnership with Verifield, at the request of CAPITAL magazine, between 20 and 24th of March 2020.

Perceived personal risk of infection

Asked to assess how high their risk of getting infected with the coronavirus is, 23% of respondents said they are at high risk, 28.4% at moderate risk, 24.6% at low risk and 18.9% that they have no risk of getting infected. 5.1% represents the percentage of non-responses.

The approval of the state of emergency

94.1% of Romanians agree with the state of emergency being declared in Romania to limit the coronavirus epidemic. Only 5.1% disagree, while 0.9% do not know or do not answer.

How the population thinks the coronavirus epidemic will affect the economy

Asked if the Romanian economy will be affected by the coronavirus epidemic, 91% of Romanians answered yes, 5.2% no. 3.9% represents the percentage of non-responses.

How should the state help the citizens (employees) financially affected by the coronavirus epidemic

97.1% of the total respondents agree that the state should take special measures to help the citizens financially affected by the coronavirus epidemic. 1.5% disagree, while the non-response rate is 1.4%.

Asked which should be the two main measures that the government should take to support the citizens/ employees financially affected by the coronavirus epidemic, 44.3% of the respondents indicated the deferral of installment payments for bank loans, 43.8% the state paying a percentage of wages provided that the private employer does not resort to layoffs, and 25.5% state paid leave. Tax cuts were chosen by 25% of the total respondents and tax exemptions by 21.7%.  21.5% believe that the state should partially cover the cost of utility bills for those fired due to the coronavirus outbreak. 1% indicated other measures. 0.5% chose the option “none of the measures indicated”. 2.1% represents the percentage of non-responses.

The survey was conducted between 20 and 24th of March, 2020 by INSCOP Research in partnership with Verifield, at the request of CAPITAL magazine. The data was collected using CATI (computer-assisted telephone interviewing). The sample included 800 persons, and it is representative for the non-institutionalized population of Romania, aged 18 and over. The maximum permissible error of the data is ±3.5%, at a confidence level of 95%.

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March 2020: Survey conducted by INSCOP Research in partnership with Verifield, at the request of Capital magazine – Part I
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