Seven out of ten support March closure despite lack of recommendation

It is important that the government follows the recommendations of the health authorities when it comes to restrictions and other measures during the corona pandemic.

In a poll conducted by Voxmeter for Ritzau, 86 percent of citizens answer that they agree with that statement.

But at the same time, 68 percent also believe that it was the right thing to close Denmark down on 11 March last year. This is despite the fact that the health authorities did not recommend closing schools, day care centers and youth educations.

It concluded a group of experts to review the authorities’ handling of the corona course, at the end of January. The disagreement was not “clearly communicated” at the press conference on March 11, the expert group’s report states.

The overlap in the answers is not surprising, however, says Pelle Guldborg Hansen, a behavioral researcher at Roskilde University.

“It is funny that people on the one hand think that one should follow the recommendation of the health authorities, but on the other hand the decision that went against the recommendations was the right one. It is not surprising, but it is a fun illustration of us as human beings, “says Pelle Guldborg Hansen.

“The person who answers this question does not sit and agree that they are actually involved in a contradiction, but rather expresses that I trust the health authorities and I trust the government. It shows that people are not very reflective and rational as human beings. We can easily contradict ourselves. “

However, Pelle Guldborg Hansen does not think that one should put too much into the measurement.

“It is difficult for people to take a qualified position on what is being asked. That is why you usually see that such figures are an expression of other things such as political affiliation, “he says.

The survey also shows that 76 percent believe that the government’s general handling of the corona crisis since the first Dane was diagnosed with coronavirus on 27 February has been good. 11 percent answer that it has been bad.

However, men are a notch more critical than women, the survey shows. Here, 16 percent of men think the handling has been poor against 6 percent of women.

“Men are often never one hundred percent satisfied, and therefore one sees a bit of restraint in their agreement. And then you probably should not worry that we have a female prime minister from the left wing, where there are also many women, “says Pelle Guldborg Hansen.

The survey was conducted from February 2 to February 4 and contains responses from 1,017 people.

/ ritzau /

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