Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 crisis, this paper examines how citizens in seven democracies (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) view the influence and concern of the great powers of China, the United States and Russia.
This paper is based on data collected between 15 and 18 April 2020. Interviews were conducted using a self-administered online questionnaire. A total of 9,024 people were interviewed. Citizens’ judgements about the influence and attitudes of the three great powers (China, the United States and Russia) were measured based on the following two questions:
– “According to you, which of the following countries [China, United States, Russia] has the most influence in the world?”;
– “For each of the following powers [China, the United States, Russia], please tell us if their attitude on the international scene worries you, reassures you, or neither worries you nor reassures you”
This proposed analysis is part of an international study entitled “Citizens’ Attitudes Under COVID-19 Pandemic”, in which the Fondation pour l’innovation politique is a stakeholder. The study takes the form of a series of public opinion surveys conducted by Ipsos at regular intervals and in 20 countries. The consortium of partners comprises the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), the Agence française de développement (AFD), CERDICNRS, the World Bank, Cevipof (CNRS, Science Po), France Stratégie, IAST (the Toulouse School of Economics, the University of Toulouse), Hanover Universität, Harvard Business School, the University of Montreal, McGill University, Università Bocconi, the European University Institute and the University of York.
This programme aims to provide an unprecedented monitoring of public opinion in the context of the Covid-19 crisis: feelings experienced, one’s relationship to health safety, acceptance or weariness regarding the protective devices put in place or public health recommendations, etc. These surveys should enable, on the one hand, a better understanding of the way in which different publics adapt psychologically to the measures of social distancing and, on the other hand, a better apprehension of consent in relation to the measures put in place.