Survey: Estonian residents satisfied with handling of coronavirus crisis

A social distancing sign in a store window at Ülemiste Shopping Center. May 11, 2020.
A social distancing sign in a store window at Ülemiste Shopping Center. May 11, 2020. Source: Anna Aurelia Minev/ERR

Compared with other countries, 87 percent of Estonian residents are satisfied with the way the coronavirus-related crisis has been resolved in Estonia, it appears from the results of a survey commissioned by the Government Office and conducted by Turu-uuringute AS.

Respondents generally satisfied with the resolving of the crisis include 33 percent who indicated they are very satisfied with how the crisis has been resolved and 54 percent who are rather satisfied with it. 7 percent of respondents, meanwhile, are rather not satisfied and 3 percent absolutely not satisfied with the way the crisis has been handled.

The population segment most satisfied with the way the crisis has been handled is older residents; satisfaction is also higher than average among ethnic Estonians and residents of Southern Estonia.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Turu-uuringute AS CEO Tõnis Stamberg said that against the backdrop of the easing of crisis measures, most people were of the opinion that the management of the crisis to date along with all of the restrictions implemented has been appropriate and right. Belief that by observing rules and sticking together everyone can get through the crisis successfully as a state is high.

94 percent of respondents consider themselves to be informed about currently valid measures, including 57 percent who indicated that they are well informed and follow all related news and 377 percent who have a certain unclarity about it. 1 percent of respondents indicated that they are not at all informed about valid restrictions.

The relaxation of restrictions has brought with it a significant increase in support for the measures in force in Estonia, as 64 percent of residents are satisfied with them now. 15 percent of residents believe that these measures should be toughened, and 18 percent find that they should be eased.

People's diligence in adhering to instructions issued for the prevention of the spread of the virus continues to decrease, with 56 percent of residents now observing all official guidelines for the containment of the virus, compared with 70 percent of residents three weeks ago.

Women and the elderly are more diligent observing the guidelines than other population groups.

Of respondents, 60 percent believe that the acute crisis is over, but one should nevertheless remain on guard, while 28 percent believe that the situation is still critical and are afraid of  renewed spread of the virus. 3 percent of respondents believe that the worst is over and people can again return to their daily routines, and 8 percent think that the situation has never been critical and there has been an overreaction. The latter position is held more often than average by men and people of ethnic backgrounds other than Estonian.

53 percent of respondents believe that their family will receive help for economic coping if necessary, which is a higher percentage than in previous surveys.

Turu-uuringute AS surveyed a total of 2,035 Estonian residents aged 15 and up by phone and online. This was the tenth weekly survey conducted as commissioned by the Government Office.


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Editor: Aili Vahtla

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