Already more than a year managing the permanent emergency. More than twelve months juggling between rebounds in incidence rates and the psychological state of the country, arbitrating between health imperatives and economic concerns, trying to reassure opinions on the daily life of resuscitation while trying to draw a picture future exit from the crisis … Since the start of 2020 and the appearance of the first clusters, European leaders have lived on a tightrope, alternating solemn speeches and press conferences to announce – often – the strengthening of restrictions and – sometimes – relax pressure. Perilous exercise.

Ten months after the last vast cross-border survey carried out in February and then updated in April 2020, Sciences Po’s Cevipof asked the OpinionWay institute to survey the inhabitants of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom. Italy on their state of mind, in particular with regard to the management of the epidemic situation. Through the results of this “Barometer of political confidence”, that The world was able to consult, show the fatigue of Europeans but also their capacity for resilience. More and more critical of their leaders and very worried about the economic consequences, they are ready to seize the hope of vaccines. And, on each of these subjects, the feeling of mistrust is a little stronger in France than among our neighbors.

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Confronted with the same virus and its variants, these four countries do not experience the same epidemiological pressure. The first affected country in Europe, Italy is slowly starting to reopen its restaurants. France is clinging to its curfew so as not to have to confine a third time. Hard hit by the winter wave, Germany had to impose drastic restrictions and the UK strict containment.

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Despite these disparate situations, governments have to deal with the same reality: the exhaustion of citizens. Asked about their state of mind, 41% of French respondents say they first experience weariness, 34% gloom. Feelings in sharp increase compared to April 2020 (respectively + 13 points and + 6 points) while fear decreases (14%, – 13 points compared to April 2020). As if French society was learning willy-nilly to “live with the virus”. A data which undoubtedly played in the bet of Emmanuel Macron not to reconfine.

“An endless crisis”

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