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Global survey finds Indonesians ‘least optimistic’ about COVID-19

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Vendors sit in allocated lots to observe social distancing amid fears over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak along a street in Surabaya in June 2, 2020. (AFP/Juni Kriswanto)

Indonesians have erred on the side of doubt and pessimism while the government struggles to mitigate the COVID-19 epidemic in the country, according to a recent survey by YouGov. The global public opinion organization’s latest update on Monday shows that "Perception of government handling of COVID-19" has dropped in Indonesia. Overall public approval of the Indonesian government's COVID-19 response declined from 66 percent on May 11 to 50 percent on May 25, according to the YouGov tracker. The Philippines also recorded a decline in public approval over the same period, from 72 percent to 64 percent. The trend towards skepticism in Indonesia and the Philippines was congruent with a significant drop in optimism regarding the current crisis, the organization said in its related report, "International COVID-19 tracker up...