Left Menu
Development News Edition

Chinese attitudes shift as a result of coronavirus - survey

Reuters | Updated: 24-03-2020 15:17 IST | Created: 23-03-2020 22:03 IST
Chinese attitudes shift as a result of coronavirus - survey

The coronavirus outbreak has led to a shift in attitudes in China, with less tolerance of individualistic behaviour and a greater tendency to recognise the contributions of others, according to a survey conducted during the epidemic.

Dutch-based group Glocalities had been collecting data in China as part of an a global survey on trust and values when the outbreak began, allowing it to capture a shift in attitudes as tens of millions of Chinese were locked down. The survey was conducted online among 2,022 Chinese between Jan. 23 and March 13.

Among the main findings were: * People placed much more emphasis on etiquette

* Individualistic behaviour was unacceptable * There was more desire for order and structure

* There was rising trust in education and institutions * There was greater appreciation for those who contribute

"(The survey) reveals that the hardship and tragedy of lives lost during the COVID-19 pandemic cause a situation of fundamental reset for populations all over the world," said Martijn Lampert, research director of Glocalities. "In times of isolation people increasingly value their fellow humans and especially those who are at the frontline in battling the crisis. This pattern is likely universal and applicable to most affected countries."

The researchers were able to separate survey responses into before and after Feb. 5, allowing for a comparison in as a result of the lockdown. Before Feb. 5, 67% strongly agreed that "etiquette and rules determining good manners are very important to me". After Feb. 5m the figure was 79%.

Asked "if you give people too much freedom they abuse it", 48% of those surveyed before Feb. 5 strongly agreed. After Feb. 5, 59% strongly agreed. Some of the biggest changes were around trust. The survey showed confidence in education rose from 71% to 82% before and after Feb. 5. Trust in civil servants rose from 42% to 54% and in Chinese companies from 55% to 70%.

There was also a sizeable increase in appreciation for billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jack Ma. Like Ma, the founder of online retailer Albia, billionaires in Europe and the United States have offered support. "The lockdown trend survey shows an ample opportunity for billionaire philanthropists... and companies in all countries to step in and assist governments, healthcare workers and communities in saving lives, combating the crisis and rebuilding society," said Lampert.

The full survey is available here https://www.glocalities.com/latest/reports/china-lockdown-trends (Editing by Timothy Heritage)



Uganda COVID-19 response: Was off to a good start but reopening dwindled prospects

Uganda has shown success in using health information to enhance efficiency of disease surveillance, reporting and monitoring. The success, however, has critical challenges confronting it as the country resumes normal activities....

New farm bills in India: Focusing on farms or farmers?

... ...

Kenya’s COVID-19 response: Chaos amid lack of information

Confusing numbers and scanty information on how effective curfews and lockdowns have been in breaking transmission have amplified coordination and planning challenges in Kenyas response to COVID-19. Without accurate data, it is impossible t...

Farkhad Akhmedov: Calculating the price of impunity from the law

In insistences such as the battle over the Luna, Akhmedov has resorted to extreme legal machinations to subvert the High Courts decision and keep his assets from being seized. ...


Latest News

Coronavirus-France reports 49,215 new cases over 24 hours

France on Friday reported 49,215 new confirmed coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, compared to 47,637 on Thursday and a record high of 52,010 on Sunday.The total number of infections rose to 1,331,984. The death tally went up by 256 o...

Mexican journalist killed in border city of Ciudad Juarez

A Mexican journalist was shot to death in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, authorities said on Friday, the latest victim in a wave of criminal violence that has claimed the lives of at least half a dozen reporters this year. Artur...

US STOCKS-Tech slide hits Wall Street as coronavirus cases spiral

U.S. stock indexes closed lower on Friday, capping Wall Streets worst week since the March sell-off, as losses in richly priced tech heavyweights, a record rise in coronavirus cases and jitters over the presidential election snuffed investo...

Belgium, with EU's worst COVID numbers, ducks full lockdown

Belgium stopped short on Friday of confining people to their homes but tightened restrictions on businesses and social life to avert a breakdown of the health system as the country records the highest rate of COVID-19 infections in Europe. ...

Give Feedback