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April 08, 2020 Wednesday 02:11:25 AM IST

First results from Global Coronavirus Survey launched

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An international and interdisciplinary team of researchers from twelve different academic institutions, including Warwick, IESE, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge and Oxford, among others, is collecting survey data on how citizens perceive and cope with the spreading coronavirus.

The International Survey on Coronavirus ( features questions on steps the survey participant is taking to protect themselves, their thoughts on potential policies and regulations, their perception of social norms, and how they think their country is responding to the crisis. Participation is open to anybody aged above 18 as an open access citizen science project guided by a broad team of interdisciplinary academics. The survey was launched on Friday, March 20, and in less than two weeks has already received over 110,000 responses from more than 160 countries. The survey is currently available in 69 languages, with more being added. All data will be shared publicly, with results updated on the website on an ongoing basis.

The first batch of aggregated results have just been made publicly available, highlighting the variety in adherence that citizens around the world are taking to combat COVID-19. They also reveal the widespread dissatisfaction citizens express with governments around the world, with important differences by country. For example, in the five countries with the highest numbers of reported cases so far, at the time of the survey the percentage of respondents who thought that their governments’ reaction was insufficient is 10% in China, 27% in Italy, 37% in Germany, 53% in Spain, and 85% in the US. The samples are not nationally representative per se. Nevertheless, for a few countries, data on representative samples has been collected which suggest that the differences between the snowball samples and representative samples are quite small. Further, researchers are taking steps to improve representativeness by using survey weights based on demographic information.

The survey is open to the public and researchers are asking for additional participants, as well as for past participants to retake the survey over time as their attitudes, perceptions and opinions may evolve. The survey can be found at First results presenting cross-country comparisons and some maps are

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