Major Survey: People around the world said Covid response caused a drop in civil liberties

by Didi Rankovic, Reclaim The Net:

As expected.

A Democracy Perception Index poll has revealed that a majority of people around the world believe their freedoms were excessively limited by governments during the Covid pandemic.

During the height of the pandemic in previous years, the mood was different – then governments were by and large seen as either doing enough, or less than they should in terms of restrictive measures.


Related: How vaccine passports are crushing freedom, privacy, and civil liberties

But it looks like the passing of time and some distance from the fear-driven response to the emergence of the virus has painted a different big picture, that more and more people are not appreciative of.

52,785 respondents in 53 countries around the world took part in the survey – and only in three of those, a majority said their freedoms had not been restricted too much. They are China and Taiwan, and Sweden, the latter of which did not have lockdowns.

Topping the list of those who agreed when asked if their government had done “too much” to limit basic freedoms during the pandemic is India, followed by Pakistan, and Philippines.

In Europe, the Greeks are the most critical of freedom-undermining Covid measures, while the United States is in the middle of the list. The United Kingdom is near the bottom, along with Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, and China.

The poll offered five responses, and included those choosing, “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” as agreeing, and there was also the “neither agree nor disagree” option.

Attorney Michael P. Senger reports about this poll and notes that it, on one hand, represents a cause for optimism – given the shift from previous surveys, and as proof that anti-lockdown activists are not, as often portrayed in the media, a small minority.

“It’s actually billions,” Senger writes.

On the other hand, the attorney notes that the Democracy Perception Index appears to have tried to bury the lede of its own poll, by placing this question and results on page 71 out of the report’s 78 pages.

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