Optimism, vaccination interest stagnating, survey finds

Ljubljana – A survey by the pollster Valicon monitoring the public’s response to life during the epidemic finds that the trend of normalisation has stopped and that some indicators are even deteriorating. Just over 60% of respondents have been or are planning to be vaccinated.

Presenting the data of the #Newnormal survey on Thursday, Valicon noted that most of the indicators remained unchanged or have even worsened.

The normality index, representing the difference between the sum of the positive and negative responses regarding people’s personal assessment of the situation, remained flat on two weeks ago.

This is comparable to March last year, two weeks after the first lockdown, when the lowest personal well-being scores in the first wave of the Covid-19 epidemic were recorded.

The concern index remains largely unchanged as well. It is at a similar level to early June last year, when concern about the epidemic was quite low. The lowest level of concern was recorded in May 2020.

The optimism index, which represents the difference between the share of those who say things are getting better and those who say they are getting worse, is significantly lower again after seeing an increase in recent months.

The respondents’ assessment of the situation in comparison to pre-epidemic conditions has deteriorated as well. The difference between the share of respondents who say their life is worse and those who say it is better than before the epidemic has reached -40, another indicator that has declined after a period of improvement.

The combined share of the respondents who have been vaccinated and those who say will certainly or probably get vaccinated is level at 61%.

There are also slightly fewer people who say they are probably not going to get vaccinated. Their share is at 17%, compared to 19% two weeks ago. On the other hand, the share of those who are certain not to be vaccinated has risen to 22%.

The survey was conducted between 25 and 27 June among 524 respondents.