As countries and regions across the globe are left grappling with the coronavirus crisis, most people are not satisfied with their leaders response to the outbreak, according to a new report.
Citizens from just seven out of 23 countries and regions rate their governments coronavirus containment measures as broadly positive, based on the Global Crisis Perceptions index released Wednesday by insights agencies Blackbox Research and Toluna.
The research, which surveyed approximately 12,500 people across 23 countries and regions between April 3 and 19, asked respondents to rate their countries and regions across four key indicators: political leadership, corporate leadership, community and media.
China ranked highest in the citizens survey, with a score of 85 out of 100. The worlds second-largest economy was followed by Vietnam (77), the United Arab Emirates (59) and India (59), in a list which saw Asian countries and regions take the top spots.
New Zealand (56), which has received international acclaim for its handling of the virus and last week began easing restrictions, was the only Western country to score higher than the global average of 45. Australia (43), the US (41), and all four western European countries surveyed Germany (41), the UK (37), Italy (36) and France (26) all ranked below the global average.
The largely dissatisfactory response, from Western countries in particular, could reflect a hit to national psyches in terms of their expectations about preparedness for unexpected events, noted David Black, founder and chief executive officer of Blackbox Research.
For many of these countries and regions, this pandemic is uNPRecedented. Governments are still coming to terms with a crisis they did not expect, and public confidence suffered as a result, said Black.
Meanwhile, a significant part of Asia has had their leadership shaped by past epidemics, such as SARS and MERS, referring to two other deadly respiratory diseases caused by strains of coronavirus that were predominantly in Asia and the Middle East, respectively.
In terms of the business response to the pandemic, citizens of China and Vietnam were alone in giving their countries corporations a response rating of over 50. Meanwhile, respondents in France (10) and Japan (6), rated their business response the poorest.
The report also found a disparity in major economies ability to emerge from the crisis. The majority (85%) of Chinese people said they believe their country will come out of the crisis stronger, compared to less than half (41%) of Americans.