Ipsos: Indians facing their worst paradox – want the economy up, but nervous to venture out

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Paradox of Indians – Over half (51%) favor opening of economy and businesses irrespective, of full containment of COVID-19; 78% Indians (highest globally) nervous of leaving their homes for travel and work

People globally are divided over whether the economy should open if COVID-19 

is not fully contained; hard hit, Italy and China support reopening.

According to the latest wave of the Ipsos global COVID-19 Survey, Indians are facing their worst paradox. While over half of them (51%) favor opening of the economy and businesses, irrespective of whether the corona virus has been fully contained or not; interestingly, majority (78%) of urban Indians (highest globally) are nervous of leaving their homes for work and travel. 

Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India is not surprised at the findings: “Indians have shown a lot of resilience in observing total lockdown. But they are now torn between different thought processes. There is the long term negative ramification of the lockdown on the economy and livelihood and so some sort of opening is favored; at the same time, due to the lack of the vaccine for corona virus and its high rate of spread, Indians, like their global counterparts are highly agitated to leave their homes. It is a Catch 22 situation.“ 

Global findings

People in 14 major countries are divided over whether the economy and businesses should be allowed to open if the coronavirus pandemic is still not fully contained, according to the latest Ipsos survey.

In the poll of more than 28,000 people conducted on April 16 to 19, a majority of respondents in eight out of 14 countries are against opening the economy if the virus is not fully under control. This sentiment is highest in developed economies of the United Kingdom and Canada (70%), followed by Mexico (65%), Spain and Australia (61%) and the United States (59%).

At the same time, more respondents agree that reopening should take place in some hard-hit countries including Russia (60%), China (58%), Italy (53%), India (51%) and Germany (50%).Indians facing their worst paradoxThe country where respondents remain most undecided on whether businesses should open even if the virus is not fully contained is India – with just 8 percentage points between those that agree and disagree, followed by European nations of Germany (9-point difference), France (11-point difference) and Italy and Brazil (13-point difference).

People nervous about leaving home

However, even if governments decide to reopen the economy from a COVID-19 lockdown, safety has to be at the forefront of their planning.

A majority of people in 12 out of 14 countries say they are going to be nervous about leaving their homes if businesses are allowed to reopen and travel resumes. This sentiment is highest in India (78%), Japan (77%), China (72%), the U.K. and Mexico (71%) and Brazil and Canada (68%).

Only a majority of people disagree with this in Germany (52%), while only 4 points separate those that agree and disagree in Italy. Other respondents more optimistic about leaving home are in Russia (37%), and France and Australia (32%).Indians facing their worst paradox

About the Study 

These are the results of an Ipsos survey conducted April 16th to 19th, 2020 on the Global Advisor online platform among 28,000 adults aged 18-74 in Canada and the United States and 16-74 in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Where available, tracking results from previous studies, conducted through April and March and selected results from February are referenced by date.

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