The Social Impact of COVID-19 survey was undertaken to measure the impact COVID-19 has had on Irish society in April 2020. This household survey was carried out between Thursday 23rd April and Friday 1st May and was based on a sample of 4,033 persons 18 years and over. The survey utilised an online electronic questionnaire and telephone interviewing to produce a final achieved sample size of 1,362 individuals. The results presented in this publication have been weighted to best reflect the population. Due to time and resource constraints, there were limitations on the sample size and selection methodology. Consequently, caution must be exercised when making inferences to the entire population from these results. Nonetheless, this data provides a valuable insight into the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of many people in Ireland. For further details on the survey methodology, see Background Notes.
The survey covers topics including well-being, personal concerns, consumption, working life and compliance with official COVID-19 advice. Analysis is provided across key personal and household demographic characteristics, reflecting how COVID-19 has impacted different people in different ways.
Most significantly, the well-being of respondents is measured in April 2020 during the COVID-19 restriction and is compared with well-being statistics from 2013 and 2018, as collected by the Survey of Income and Living Conditions (SILC).
Notwithstanding some methodological differences between the Social Impact of COVID-19 survey and SILC (see background notes), these well-being statistics represent significant periods in Irish society and together provide insight into how the well-being of the Irish people have evolved from 2013, when Ireland was suffering the effects of the 2008 Financial Crisis, to 2018, a time when the Irish economy was growing strongly and to April 2020, when Irish society is enduring the impacts of COVID-19.
Over the period 2013 to 2018 Irish households experienced significant changes in their economic and social fortunes. It represents a period where:
In 2020, COVID-19 has brought another unexpected and significant change to life in Ireland. The Social Impact of COVID19 survey captures the impact of some of this change. Together, these surveys paint a picture of well-being over this period.
In what follows the summary results from the Social Impacts of COVID-19 survey are presented in Chapter 1. Chapter 2 reports on the well-being of respondents in April 2020 and illustrates how these well-being measures have evolved over the period 2013 to April 2020. In Chapter 3, the concerns respondents have in relation to the impact of COVID-19 are quantified and presented, while Chapter 4 documents the changes in consumption behaviour since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions. Chapter 5 summarise the impact COVID-19 has had on the working life of respondents and Chapter 6 investigates the impacts COVID-19 has had on respondent’s compliance with official COVID-19 advise and other social topics of interest
|The 2018 negative equity percentage originally published (4%) was corrected on 4 June 2020 because of revised 2018 Household Finance and Consumption Survey results.|
The main results from each of the chapters of the Social Impacts of COVID-19 survey are presented below.
Changes in Consumption
Other Social Impacts
Sources of Information
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