At least 39 percent of Belgians believe that our country should abandon all Corona measures as of February 1. This is according to a survey conducted by market research firm Ipsos. Motivational psychologist Martin Vansteinkiste (UGent) is not surprised: “The risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19 has decreased. So is motivation too.”
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The Ipsos sample of 1,523 people over 18 years of age shows significant regional differences. 33 percent of Dutch speakers want to put the action behind them in a few days, while 48 percent of French speakers do. There are also significant differences in age. Especially those under the age of 45 want to follow Denmark’s lead on February 1 (49 per cent). Older adults are more cautious: only one in three answers is a resounding yes.
Many Belgians no longer see the necessity and utility of these measures.
If the date was moved by a month to March 1, 48 percent would have already won the idea of dropping all measures. Then the differences between Dutch speakers and French speakers are somewhat smaller: 44% for Dutch speakers and 54% for French speakers, but it is still a much higher percentage of French speakers.
According to Professor Martin Vanstinkiste, who has been monitoring how motivated people are to follow the rules of the corona for about two years, motivation has actually decreased. “The stimulus driver is the risk of serious disease. That chance has slipped.” “People want to protect their loved ones, but now we hear all the time that the pressure on intensive care is steadily decreasing. Many Belgians no longer see the necessity and usefulness of these measures.”
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