Here at Magic Talk, we want to know what the nation thinks about the biggest topics - and COVID-19 is the biggest talking point we’ve seen in a long time. Wanting to get a gauge on how the nation is feeling in these changing times, we conducted an online survey of 1,053 people across New Zealand to find their views on COVID-19. The survey ran from March 20 through to lunchtime March 22.
NZers level of concern is high
Of the 1,053 people surveyed, 22.9% say they are “very concerned” about COVID-19, and 44.9% say they are “pretty concerned”.
In general, women are more concerned than men, with 71.2% saying they are either “pretty concerned” or “very concerned”, compared to 59.6% of men.
68.6% of people under the age of 65 say they are either “pretty concerned” or “very concerned”, however if you’re over 65 that number drops to 61.5%.
Most people are confident in the government’s response so far.
44% of respondents say they are highly confident in the government’s response to date
46% say they are somewhat confident.
7.2% say they are not very confident
2.4% say they are not at all confident.
Younger people are more likely than their older counterparts to feel confident in the government’s response.
Men are less confident in the government than women: 40% of men who responded and 46.1% of women say they are “highly confident” in the government, vs 4.1% of men and 1.5% of women who say they are “not at all confident” in the government’s response.
People agree that the border should be closed to everyone but NZ residents and citizens.
72.7% of respondents say the border should be closed with exceptions for NZ residents and citizens.
28.1% of men and 24.8% of women think the border should be closed entirely.
Younger people think schools and universities should be closed, older people disagree.
Almost 50% of those surveyed under the age of 35 said schools and universities should be closed now, with 23% saying they should remain open.
Of people over 65, 27.6% said schools and universities should close, and 44.1% say they should remain open.
Men and women held similar views on this question
People are generally ready to self-isolate, but more than a quarter say they can’t work from home.
11.2% of respondents were already in self-isolation, and most people are prepared to do so. However, 28% of all respondents in paid employment say they are unable to work from home.
Younger people are more concerned about their jobs and income than older people, and women are more concerned than men.
Of under 35s, a quarter said they were very concerned about their jobs and income, compared to 13.6% of the over 65s.
21.8% of women said they were “very concerned” about their jobs and income compared to 15.7% of men.
Most people are willing to volunteer if needed and able
81% of respondents said if they were physically able to, they would volunteer to help others.
To lockdown or not? Half say no, quarter say yes.
When asked if the country should be in lockdown, 26.3% of respondents said yes, and 50.7% said no. The remaining 23% were unsure.
Men and women held similar points of view on this question.
So the general view seems to be of confidence. Most New Zealanders are prepared, and a majority can work from home if needs be. While we have concerns about what might come, we’re more than happy to help out as we can.
For more information on how you can help stop the spread of this virus, visit the government’s COVID information website: https://covid19.govt.nz/