On the 23rd of April we reported a downward trend in the responses on the perception and opinions on the actions taken by the government. With the introduction of stage 4 there are again more people that disagree that government actions are correct and having a positive influence on curbing the Covid-19 spread in South Africa.
There is still a high degree of agreement, 70%, on if government have acted quickly to try to curb COVID-19. At lockdown it was 80%.
“I think lockdown is the correct course of action” becomes more negative. At the beginning of lockdown 93% agreed with this statement, this is now down to 59%.
“I think government is doing the right thing” is down from 90% at lockdown to 49% with the implementation of stage four.
“I think government plans are going to curb the spread of COVID-19”. This was fairly low at 66% at the start of lockdown and since the implementation of stage 4 it is down to 46%.
“I think this is all nonsense and unnecessary”. More people report this does not make sense or is unnecessary. A third of respondents feel like this at the moment, less than 10% felt like this at the beginning of lockdown.
Overall the sentiment regarding the actions of Government is more negative, fewer people support their actions at the moment.