- A study has found that most South Africans support the lockdown
- Ipsos, a market research and consulting company carried out the study which involved 1000 South Africans
- The study also found that people's behaviour has changed as a result of the virus
A market research and consulting company, Ipsos, have discovered that more the 8 out of 10 South Africans are in favour of the lockdown according to the results of an online study.
"84% agree that a total lockdown was correct - given the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic," its spokesperson, Mari Harris, said in a statement on Friday.
Briefly.co.za learned that the study included 1000 people between the ages of 18 and 65 from all over South Africa. It was carried out between the 20th and 22nd of April.
"Despite a lot of comments in the media and critique from individuals, South Africans from all working status groups share this opinion," Harris said.
18% of full time working people who participated in the study feel that the lockdown is overkill and would do more harm than good. 82% of them felt that the lockdown was the right course of action according to News24..
The numbers are similar for part-time workers, with 15% opposing the lockdown and 85% agreeing with it.
Again, 86% of unemployed people also supported the lockdown and 14% are against it. 84% of those who are not working support the lockdown and 16% were not in favour of it.
"This acceptance is expressed by all age groups, however, those aged 56 years and older, and to a lesser degree those between 26 and 35 years, are less supportive."
"The latter group's apprehension might be related to having to look after young children/keep them entertained during this period of lockdown," Harris said.
Most South Africans involved in the study felt that those who broke the lockdown rules must face strict sanctions.
"Taking the support for the lockdown into account, it comes as no surprise that online, South Africans feel very strongly [86%] that the people who break the rules should not expect a lot of mercy," she added.
A massive 92% of people involved said that they think about the consequences of the virus before doing anything such as meeting people, where they will go and what they plan to do.
"This new behaviour is prevalent among all age groups, but more in the 26 to 35 year age group," Harris said.
The study also found that 67% of people said they would frequent shopping centres less often.
"This study is representative of the almost two-thirds of South Africans who can access the internet at home or on their mobile phones," she added.
South Africa went into total lockdown on the 26th of March, initially for a 3-week period, this, however, was extended. The lockdown has been phased into 5 levels to allow for a gradual resumption of normal life while allowing the healthcare sector to handle the virus.
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