Annual world survey shows how people are willing to get vaccinated but won´t travel

WIN International, the world’s leading association in market research and polling which Doxa is funding member has published the Annual WIN World Survey (WWS – 2020) exploring the views and beliefs of 26,759 individuals among citizens from 32 countries across the globe about the pandemic. The survey analyzes views and opinions related to the vaccine, the way governments handled the health crisis, the capacity of the national health systems and the likelihood of travelling in 2021. BVA Doxa handled the data collection on behalf of Italy.

THE VACCINE – Globally, the majority of people is in favor of receiving the coronavirus vaccine: 7 out of 10 people declare they want to be vaccinated, an interest that does not differ when considering gender or different age groups. APAC has the largest number of people willing to be vaccinated (80%): Vietnam (98%), China (91%) and India (91%) are the three countries that lead the world ranking. On the other hand, in countries like Serbia (62%), Croatia (59%), France (56%) and Lebanon (56%), the majority of the population is still not convinced to get vaccinated.

In Italy, 70% of citizens declare they want to get vaccinated against the coronavirus (33% say they will certainly get vaccinated, while 37% will probably get vaccinated). The percentage of Italians who certainly do not intend to get vaccinated remains much lower (10%), especially compared to other European countries where those who will certainly oppose the vaccine represent a higher percentage, such as in France (24%) and in Germany (16%).

Although most of the citizens interviewed worldwide are in favor of vaccinating against the coronavirus, there is still an important job to do in terms of communication and awareness in those countries where skepticism still prevails.

THE GOVERNMENT AND THE HEALTH SYSTEM – Italians value the health system’s ability better than the government’s ability to manage the crisis, but in both cases the majority of the population is satisfied: 51% of Italian citizens believe that the government has done a good work in managing the crisis due to COVID-19, while 60% believe that the health system has been up to the task. In Europe, the situation is quite similar: 45% say they are satisfied with their government, 57% with their health system.

The most significant gaps, as far as European countries are concerned, are found in the UK (35% satisfied with the government, 71% with the health system), Spain (26% and 51%), and France (35% and 55%). Ireland is among the few European countries who seem more satisfied with the government (63%) than with the health system (46%).

Globally, the APAC region once again stands out when it comes to positively assessing how the government has handled the pandemic crisis (73%) and the capacity of the health system (79%). The countries that best rated both institutions are China and Vietnam with ratings that exceeded 90%, while Poland (81%), Spain (72%), Lebanon (72%) and Ecuador (70%) rated harshly the actions of their governments. In the evaluation of their health system, Poland (87%) and Ecuador (78%) are once again the countries that have given a harder evaluation, followed by Peru where 70% of citizens believe that the situation has been badly managed.

TRAVELLING IN 2021 – As for the possibility of traveling abroad in 2021, both for holidays and for work, respectively 65% ​​and 77% of the citizens interviewed consider it impossible. China reports one of the highest levels of people willing to get vaccinated and at the same time the lowest level of willingness to travel this year. In Italy, 31% of individuals will travel abroad for holidays in 2021 (11% say it will be very likely, 21% quite likely), while 17% say they will travel abroad for business.

VILMA SCARPINO, WIN PRESIDENT – “This survey is a valuable tool to anticipate the pandemic scenario in 2021. The willingness to be vaccinated is proof of the strong desire to return to normal, but citizens of many countries still do not have confidence in their health system. To date, it would seem that in the course of 2021 people will be more cautious and have no intention of traveling yet, but based on these results, it will be interesting to see how the predisposition to get vaccinated and travel will change in the first months of 2021.”.



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