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

Over half of Ukrainians, or 56%, back the introduction of a new lockdown in case of a surge in the incidence of COVID-19 cases.

However, 41% are against, according to a survey conducted by the Rating Sociological Group on March 2-3.

According to the findings, 37% of the pollees believe the case rate is on the rise, while 34% claim it remains unchanged and 20% think it is on the decline.

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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%.