Majority of Portuguese believe that restrictions should be the same across the country

76.4% of Portuguese believe that restrictive measures should be applied equally across the continent, while 23.6% believe that measures should be taken only in municipalities with more than 240/100 thousand inhabitants.

According to this study, 85.7% of Portuguese people agree with the President of the Republic’s decision on the Declaration of the State of Emergency and 49.4% of respondents say they are very concerned about the pandemic situation in Portugal.

According to the study, the measures most valued by the Portuguese are the imposition, whenever possible, of teleworking (94.5%); mobilization of military personnel from the armed forces to reinforce the tracking capacity (94.5%); possibility of taking body temperature measurements in educational establishments (93.5%); possibility to request resources, means and health establishments from the private and social sectors (93.3%); and the possibility of taking body temperature measurements in commercial, cultural and sports spaces (92.0%).

However, there are measures that do not reach consensus, being less valued, such as: prohibition of circulation on public roads from 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays (46.5%); mobilization of workers from risk groups to reinforce the tracking capacity (40.0%); limitation to the movement of people between municipalities (30.8%); mobilization of workers in prophylactic isolation to reinforce the tracking capacity (27.4%); closure of catering establishments at 10:30 pm (21.9%).

The main fears of the Portuguese in relation to Covid-19 are national economic bankruptcy (74.0%), bankruptcy of the National Health System (72.2%) and Unemployment (64.6%). In March 2020, the main fears pointed out were the national economic bankruptcy (62.2%) and the mortality rate (58.2%). 29.8% of respondents say they are always attentive to information about the pandemic, a reduction compared to March 2020, when this figure reached 36.7%. Only 1.4% of Portuguese people reveal that they prefer not to see news on the topic.

When asked about what other initiatives should be taken by the Portuguese Government within the scope of the State of Emergency, the Portuguese point to the following measures: social and financial support to individuals and families (16.9%); financial support to companies (12.5%); special support for restoration (10.9%); test the entire population (9.9%); greater inspection in the application of the imposed measures (9.7%); actual application of fines for non-compliance (9.5%); imposition of the mask in any situation, except at home (9.3%); total confinement of two weeks (9.3%); distance learning, whenever possible (9.3%); increase in the offer of transport and inspection in public transport (8.7%).

The study was carried out using CATI (Telephone) and CAWI (online) methods to a database of users registered on the platform. 1,500 responses were collected and validated between 9 and 19 November 2020.

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