Most Ukrainians back new lockdown if COVID-19 cases surge / Photo from UNIAN

Over 60% of Ukrainians back the introduction of a new lockdown in case of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

"A total of 63% of the pollees back the introduction of a lockdown in case of a surge in COVID-19 cases. Some 34% oppose it. The growth in support for the lockdown has been observed since early March," according to a survey conducted by the Rating Sociological Group on March 26-28.

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What is more, 58% of the respondents often read news reports about the coronavirus, 21% do it occasionally, and 12% rarely. Only 8% of the pollees are not interested in such topics at all.

At the same time, the interest in this information has grown with the increase in COVID-19 cases. Elderly people and women more often stay tuned, the sociologists said.

Mechanics of the poll

  • The poll was conducted through computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI), using a random selection of cell numbers.
  • The sample is representative of the adult population (aged 18 and older).
  • Some 2,500 respondents were polled in all regions of Ukraine except Crimea and other Russia-occupied parts of Ukraine, namely certain districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
  • The margin of error does not exceed 2.0%.