The hitherto unknown virus, the Covid-19 disease it causes, self-isolation, quarantine, and emergencies have become a new and frightening experience for society at large. In such moments of crisis, people are especially actively looking for an authority or trustee who can answer how to do the right thing now.
As in the spring, this autumn Latvians often called Infectious Diseases Hugo Dumpi one of the most trusted people, in second place – epidemiologist Yuri Perveschikov, in third place – doctors, doctors, epidemiologists and scientists in general, without distinguishing any individual, according to LTV and SKDS. study.
Peteris Apinis, the former head of the Medical Association, also enjoys great authority, publicly criticizing the actions of health ministries to restrict Covid-19. He is in fourth place, ahead of Health Minister Ilse Celis, who is trusted by 4.3% of the population, but Prime Minister Krisyanis Karins is only in 8th place. Aldis Gobzems, an opponent of wearing masks, is the 11th most popular disseminator of opinion, the poll concludes.
As in the spring, about a fifth of respondents do not trust anyone on this issue, the program notes.
The study also concludes that Russian and Ukrainian television doctors, such as Oleksandr Myasnikov, Yevhen Komarovsky, Olena Kramarenko, and Oleksiy Vodovozov, are popular with the Russian-speaking public, and their video appeals to networks. Therefore, it is estimated that these foreign doctors – celebrities “on YouTube” – enjoy a similar or even greater authority than the director of the Latvian NMPD Liene Sipule or President Egils Levitz.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko also received a high rating in the spring poll, but he is no more. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are still holding on.
During the survey, respondents were asked to evaluate the work of local officials and institutions. The most positive are epidemiologist Perevoshchikov and infectious disease specialist Dumpis, followed by the director of the NMPD Tsypule. In fourth place is more positively assessed by politicians – Prime Minister Karins. The head of government lags far behind the top three, but he is the only politician who still has a positive balance, slightly more positive than negative. This is followed by Health Minister Wickel and President Levits.
The work of the Minister of Finance Janis Reirs, the Minister of Education and Science Ilga Shuplinska and the Minister of Social Security Ramona Petrovichi assessed the society most negatively.
The respondents mentioned the NMPD and the SPKC as the most reliable institutions, followed by the Ministry of Health, but the Cabinet of Ministers and the Seimas are in last place. Compared to spring data, the markup is the same, but
public confidence in all these institutions has declined. The government is losing ground a little faster than others.
Experts explain that this is due not so much to mistakes in the fight against Covid-19, as to ill-considered initiatives in the context of next year’s budget.
The director of SKDS, sociologist Arnis Kaktins, explains the unpopularity of ministers by an incomprehensible tax reform in circumstances when the public feels extremely insecure: the plague, Cows, a lot of uncertainty – will there be work or not work? Companies go bankrupt, do not go bankrupt?
In turn, the associate professor of RDU, philosopher Vents Silis, points out that the number of cases and deaths in Latvia is extremely low, which is due to the Latvian health care system. “Basically, the current situation in Latvia is a direct result of the work of doctors.
The current government can thank for the existence of doctors who again did not have the resources to increase salaries.
The government is more interested in looking good in its own eyes. Surprisingly, they care more about what we can do than about actually doing something. This is especially true in the way taxes are raised and in the treatment of cultural workers, whose incomes suffer even more, “Silis said.