Poll: Income of 70% of Tehran residents declines due to COVID-19

Financial Tribune – The coronavirus outbreak has reduced the income of 70% of households living in the capital city, an opinion poll jointly conducted by the Social and Cultural Studies Department of Tehran Municipality and the Iranian Students Polling Agency shows.

“Compared with the results of an earlier report by the two surveyors, the new poll conducted between March 11-14 showed people’s access to medical and hygiene products improved by 9% and their lack of confidence in official statistics on mortalities and infected population declined by 14%,” Mohammad Reza Javadi-Yeganeh, an official with Tehran Municipality, tweeted.

“People’s dissatisfaction with the performance of governmental and public institutions in the management of the crisis has decreased by 9%,” IRNA quoted him as saying.

According to the results of the first round of the survey, approximately 63% of the residents of the capital city said they didn’t have sufficient access to medical and hygiene products, including masks and disinfectants, amid the increasing cases of COVID-19, of whom 74% blamed the shortage of these items in the market and 22% said they could not afford to buy masks or sanitizers.

About 61% of respondents in the former survey said they support widespread quarantine of the city while 33% said they oppose it. More women were in favor of widespread quarantine or isolation of the city than men (66% versus 56%), which is probably because of high employment among men than women.

For men, quarantine suggests lack of livelihoods while women are more concerned about the health of their family and themselves.

In general, 50% of people said they were highly worried about the spread of coronavirus, of whom women accounted for 56% and men constituted 44%.

Nearly 39% of the respondents said they would stay at home once they see symptoms of the virus while 23% said they would go to a hospital.

Nearly 76% of the respondents said they believed justice was poorly served when it came to the quality of medical services offered to officials and ordinary people, Hamshahri Online reported.