COVID-19 Survey Report Vietnam

The survey time was between October and November 2020, at a time when Vietnam had just experienced two major outbreaks of the Covid-19 across the country in March and July. From the end of September is the period without any new confirmed cases following Danang’s summer outbreak.

Government’s response evaluation

In general, consumer sentiment is positive when placing faith in the Government’s relatively successful efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. In the period before the survey, Vietnam experienced 2 outbreaks with a high risk of infection, and people’s opinions on how the government handled and prevented the disease showed the trust in the government.

Figure 1: Share of respondents who agreed with the way the government handle the Covid-19 situation
Figure 1: Share of respondents who agreed with the way the government handle the Covid-19 situation
Figure 2: Share of respondents by appreciation on the way the government handle the Covid-19 crisis
Figure 2: Share of respondents by appreciation on the way the government handle the crisis

Human rights sacrifice under Covid-19

When it came to the rights people were willing to sacrifice, most people were willing to sacrifice their rights to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those sacrification could be either to limit going out, or share information with the government, etc.

Figure 3: Willingness to sacrifice human rights to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus
Figure 3: Willingness to sacrifice human rights to prevent the spread of the virus

Travel restrictions under Covid time

Most people think that travel restrictions are reasonable and necessary in the pandemic situation, in which the proportion of agreement is evenly distributed across the two cities.

For future travel needs, most people consider limiting their traveling abroad for the purpose of holiday or business. The number of people who travel on holiday is potentially higher than for business purposes. In HCMC, only 54% of people do not tend to travel for holiday next year.

Pandemic impact & Economic optimism

A majority of people (66%) reported being negatively or very negatively affected by the pandemic. This rate in Hanoi is 73%, while in HCMC is just 60%. Besides, in HCMC, up to 24% of people reported that COVID-19 had made a positive or even extremely positive impact on their lives. This number is double the one from Hanoi.

Figure 6: Covid-19 impacts on people’s lives
Figure 6: Pandemic impacts on people’s lives

About the people’s prospect of the economy in the coming year 2021, only 62% of respondents believed in economic prosperity, 25% think that the economy will stay the same and 13% have more negative thoughts when thinking that the economy will go down. More Hanoian believe in a better economy next year than HCMC people. This can be understood that due to being more heavily affected by the pandemic, people in Hanoi were more optimistic about the economy.

Figure 7: People's prospects about next year's economy and Covid-19 impact on them
Figure 7: People’s prospects about next year’s economy and Covid impact on them

Please note that at the time of the publication, the 3rd wave is putting HCM and Hanoi under strict lockdown. The social and economic impact is not measured in this study and should be further evaluated.

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