88pc of Pakistanis are aware of the implications of Covid-19: polling
ISLAMABAD: As many as 88 percent of Pakistanis know what COVID-19 is, an increase of 19 percent since February, according to the new Ipsos poll.
The poll was conducted in the first week of April, from 1,000+ Pakistani adults representing all urban and rural areas of Pakistan:
The survey found that people have stepped up countermeasures to minimize the risk of infection. From 47 percent in February, the percentage of Pakistanis who washed their hands and returned home has risen to 89 percent. However, still one third have not stopped shaking hands / physical contact with other people.
Almost universal knowledge (88 percent) of Pakistanis about this pandemic can mainly be attributed to local media and some private sector companies such as Jazz, Unilever, and others. At least 5 percent remember any government message.
The perception of the corona virus as a threat to Pakistan has increased significantly in seven weeks, from only 36 percent to 83 percent. However, the same threat to life, family, and community remains as low as around 50 percent. This projection gap from ‘self’ to ‘nation’ needs to be overcome.
Only 2 out of 5 (38 percent) of Pakistan can correctly remember the official aid channel for COVID-19, the rest are either unconscious or unable to remember correctly.
3 out of 5 (61 percent) of Pakistan are not aware of any welfare organizations that do aid work for families affected by COVID-19. Among those who know, the Edhi Foundation (20 percent) and the Al-Khidmat Foundation (14 percent) are the best known.
Despite extensive media coverage, 2 out of 5 Pakistanis still do not know about the Tiger Troop formed by Prime Minister Imran Khan. 43 percent of Pakistanis think using local government would be a better idea than creating a new Tiger Power.
According to the poll, the majority of Pakistanis (56 percent) believe that the mosque (and other religious places) should be the center of aid distribution during the COVID-19 crisis. This view is held even stronger in KP, Balochistan and AJK / GB.
The majority of Pakistanis have religious and scientific misunderstandings regarding COVID-19, such as: “They can remain protected from viruses if they make ablution (wudu) five times a day (82 percent), taking steam regularly will help them stay safe (67 percent ), congregational prayer cannot be a source of infection (67 percent) etc. “
Unfortunately, 2 out of 5 Pakistanis associate COVID-19 with a particular sect (43 percent) / community (30 percent) and have developed conspiracy theories (43 percent) with the outbreak.
The poll says people who are members of the KP are more vulnerable to agreeing to religious misunderstandings. YouTube also seems to have played a role in spreading religious misconceptions.
Ipsos in Pakistan has been closely monitoring the awareness and implications of COVID-19 since early February. Last month, he released Pakistan’s first social media analytic report to the media and clients.