• According to the survey carried out by the Sociological Group Rating on January 14-16, 2021, 51% of respondents follow the news on the coronavirus often, 26% - sometimes, 12% - rarely. 10% are not interested in such news at all. Older age group is more interested in the coronavirus news. Considering the dynamics, the relevance of news about the coronavirus has been gradually decreasing.
• Compared to the previous waves of the surveys, the level of anxiety over possibility to get coronavirus (either personally or relatives/friends) has decreased. Thus, about 40% are worried to become COVID-19 patients personally (in November 2020 - 57%). 78% are worried about the possible disease of relatives and friends (in November - 87%). Older respondents and women are more concerned about the possible disease.
• 16% of respondents believe they had already had or currently have COVID-19. 80% of respondents think they had not been sick. 4% could not answer the question. Relatively higher number of those who reported they had gotten over the disease was recorded in cities and within the middle-aged group (30-59 years).
• The lockdown introduction from 18th till 24th January, 2021 is supported by 51%, 46% share the opposing opinion. Support for this initiative among the population has decreased (56% - in December). 40% believe this introduction of quarantine will reduce the incidence rate (in December - 52%). 55% are of the opposing opinion. Even among those who support lockdown, one-third does not consider it effective. Older people, women, and those who are afraid of getting sick are more in favor of this initiative.
• 39% are ready to be vaccinated against coronavirus if the vaccine is available in pharmacies, 56% are not ready. Provided that vaccination is free, 43% are ready to be vaccinated (52% are not ready). Support for free vaccination has decreased considering the dynamics (55% supported free vaccination in November). Instead, the number of those willing to be vaccinated with a paid vaccine has increased somewhat. The number of vaccination opponents is relatively higher among the middle-aged group (30-49 years), women, residents of small towns, and those who are not afraid of getting sick.
Sample: 1600 respondents aged 18 and older. The margin of error with a 0.95 confidence level does not exceed 2.4%. Survey method: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing). Based on a random sample of mobile phone numbers. Survey period: January 14-16, 2021.