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Press Statement


23 April 2020

Social Impact of COVID-19 Survey

The CSO launches a new social survey in response to the COVID-19 crisis

The CSO has today (Thursday, 23 April 2020) launched a new survey, The Social Impact of COVID-19 Survey, to measure and report quickly on key features of how the COVID-19 crisis has affected personal well-being in Ireland. The survey is being sent to a sample of 4,000 individuals and the information is being collected between Thursday 23 April and Monday 4 May.

The individuals selected will receive a letter and/or an email from the CSO and are asked to complete the questionnaire either online or by telephone. Completing the questionnaire should take no longer than 8 minutes.

Commenting on the introduction of this new survey, Claire Burke, Statistician, said:

''By completing the survey, individuals will be helping the CSO to produce important statistics on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis so far. This survey has been created to measure the impact that COVID-19 has had on personal well-being and other issues. The questionnaire asks for information on the following topics:

  • Personal well-being
  • Concerns about the impact of COVID-19
  • Changes in consumption since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions

The information gathered by the CSO in this survey is very important and will be used to identify types of individuals and households that are being most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Individuals in the survey are asked to complete the questionnaire between Thursday 23 April and Monday 4 May.

The CSO plans to publish the results of the survey within three weeks."

All information collected in the survey is confidential and will be used only for statistical purposes. The results which the CSO will publish from the survey will be in aggregate form and will not identify any individual.

Further iterations of the survey will be carried out to measure the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on Irish Society.

For further information about this survey, your Data Protection rights and how your data is used, please see the contact information below.

For further information contact:

Claire Burke (+353) 21 453 5000

or email

or email

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