Poll: Only 44.4% of Spaniards willing to take vaccine “immediately” once it's available

58.3% would like stricter Covid-19 measures while 84% want to work from home

Researchers studying a vaccine in a laboratory run by South African biotechnology company TASK in Cape Town, South Africa, May 11, 2020 (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
Researchers studying a vaccine in a laboratory run by South African biotechnology company TASK in Cape Town, South Africa, May 11, 2020 (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

September 17, 2020 06:26 PM

44.4% of people across Spain would be willing to be vaccinated "immediately" once a vaccine becomes available, according to the results of a special survey from the CIS, Spain's public survey institute.

On the other hand, 40.3% say they would not be willing to be vaccinated immediately, while 3.1% would do so depending on the origin, reliability or information about the vaccine, with 11.2% saying they do not know.

In terms of control and isolation measures, 58.3% say they would like stricter measures to tackle Covid-19 while 25.8% believe the current approach should continue.

Regarding a return to the classroom, 36% of Spaniards polled support face-to-face classes, 9.6% remote learning, and 35.8% a mixture of the two.

The majority of the population is "very" (51.2%) or "quite" (42.7%) worried about the coronavirus crisis and the effects of the pandemic. 38.5% are equally concerned about the effects on health and the economy, while 36.6% are more concerned about health and 24.1% more concerned about the economic consequences and impact on jobs.

Little confidence in government management

In relation to the Spanish government's Covid-19 management and policies, only 6.2% say it gives them "a lot of confidence". 25.4% say it gives them "quite a lot of confidence" while 7.4% rate it as "regular", 29% express "little confidence" and 27.8% "no confidence".

When asked how the majority of the population are reacting to the coronavirus crisis, 48.3% opt for "with civility and solidarity", whereas 43.1% say "uncivil and undisciplined".

The survey, published on Thursday, is based on nearly 3,000 telephone interviews conducted during the first week of September.

84% want to work from home

A separate poll, presented by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday indicates that a whopping 84% of the Spanish population would like to work from home two to three days a week.

Almost three quarters (74%) agree that the nature of their work allows them to work remotely, at least some of the time.

However, 41% of respondents warn that they would like to improve the technical resources they have for working remotely.

The report, authored by IESE Business School senior executive Adriana Scozzafava, says workers could save between 264 euros and 660 euros a year on transport and up to 616 euros on food.

In a company with an average of 100 workers, the business could save 1,350 euros per person per year, through a reduction in the use of office space and other costs.

According to respondents, the advantages to working from home are the reduction of travel time (62%), savings on clothing and food (59%), and spending more time with family (53%).

By contrast, among the main drawbacks cited are the lack of social contact (50%), confusion between working hours and personal life (44%), and work overload (37%).