Citizens of Germany, France and Sweden are blaming Brussels for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the roll-out of vaccines, according to a poll taken in mid-February which also indicates declining support for governments and organizations. national leaders.
With almost 30 percent of people in the UK having received at least one dose, but vaccine distribution progressing much more slowly in most EU countries, there are signs that frustration among citizens of the He EU is directed against politicians rather than pharmaceutical companies.
According to the survey, carried out by Kekst CNC and shared with POLITICO before its publication, 51% of Germans polled said that the European Union had mismanaged the deployment of the vaccine, a point of view shared by 35% of the French and 24% Swedes. .
In the UK, 45% said the EU had done a bad job, while 77% said they approved of their government’s vaccination record. In contrast, only 23% of Germans, 19% of Swedes and 18% of French respondents had an equally generous opinion of their respective national vaccine deployments.
Despite the explosive fight between the European Commission and AstraZeneca over the pharmaceutical company’s inability to fulfill its vaccine supply contract, pharmaceutical companies appear to have so far been less criticized by citizens. In France and Germany, net support for the pharmaceutical industry was higher in February than it was in September, although it increased from 60 percent net support to 34 percent net support. in Sweden during the same period. In the UK, net support rose from 51% to 78% between September and February.
The survey also found that dissatisfaction among citizens generally translates into a deterioration in approval ratings of domestic politicians. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s net score, for example, rose from + 54% in June 2020 to + 23% in February 2021. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s support fell from -7% net to -13%. That of French President Emmanuel Macron fell from -15% to -16%. And Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s net score fell from 7% to -17%.
Respondents were also pessimistic about the need for future lockdowns. Only 22% of Britons polled said they didn’t think the country would need another one, 38% of Germans, 33% of Swedes and 28% of French people polled saying the same.
When it comes to travel, the view is just as pessimistic, with just 13% of Britons, 26% of French, 27% of Germans and 23% of Swedes saying they expected to be able to book a summer vacation. The low figure among UK citizens may be in part due to the fact that the poll was carried out before the government announced its plan to open up the economy and lift most restrictions in stages by June.
Kekst CNC surveyed 1,000 adults per country in Germany, France, Sweden, UK, Japan and USA between February 11-21.
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