Covid-19: the French mostly hostile to a toughening of measures

While Emmanuel Macron could speak on Wednesday, the French are 71% opposed to a strengthening of health restrictions, according to an Odoxa poll for the regional press.

Would the French tolerate a strengthening of health restrictions? As the epidemic situation worsens with almost 5,000 Covid-19 patients in intensive care on the evening of Monday March 29, the Odoxa Dentsy consulting barometer for the regional press indicates that the French mostly accept the current formula of containment. On the other hand, they are fiercely opposed to strengthening measures.

This local confinement, currently restricted to 19 departments, is approved by more than six in ten French people, according to this survey carried out among 1005 people. 65% of the people concerned also ensure that they respect it “Scrupulously”, i.e. 12 points more since March 18. “We made a lot of fun of this permissiveness in confinement, but it contributes above all to ensuring that it is ultimately much more respected than if it had been more rigorous”, analyzes the president of Odoxa, Gaël Sliman, with the Dauphiné Liberated .

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Rejection of the younger generations

Would they suffer from tightening of restrictions, however? The hypothesis of general confinement “Is not excluded” but the French are 71% to consider that the current dosage is “sufficient”, and could, if it were to be toughened, be less respected, especially among young people. 59% of them, according to Odoxa, do not apply it seriously.

The impact of the first days of this territorialized confinement will be studied by the Defense Council, Wednesday March 31, at the end of which Emmanuel Macron could speak. The closure of schools or a tightening of confinement conditions will be on the table and new decisions could be announced.


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