According to The Punch, Nigerians are more concerned about insecurity, unemployment, hunger, corruption and high living costs than they are about the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 1,300 people in the last nine months, according to a survey.
The survey conducted by Infotrak Research and Consulting reveals that in 2021, just seven percent of respondents expressed concern about COVD-19 compared to other concerns.
It showed that in 2020, 16 percent of those surveyed found instability and crime to be their main concern, while 14 percent said it was unemployment.
Around 13 percent of those surveyed said their main concern in 2021 was the high cost of living, while 12 percent suggested that it was poverty.
Around 10 percent suggested that their main concern was corruption, while just seven percent noted that their main concern in 2021 will be COVID-19.
Results show that 25 percent of people living in the troubled North-East say their number one concern is insecurity, disaggregating the data in terms of geographical region, whereas in the South-West, just nine percent of respondents say insecurity is their primary concern.
At 11 percent, North-East respondents have the highest concern of a COVID-19 outbreak, although at just two percent, the North-Central has the lowest.
The poll also shows that 25% of Nigerians expect that this year’s economy will only get worse, while 18% believe that unemployment will worsen.
At 26% in 2021, the North-Central has the highest sense of hope, while at just eight percent, the South-East has the lowest.
Overall, approximately 61% of surveyed Nigerians agree that 2021 will be a better year than in 2020.
The survey was conducted between December 27 and December 29, 2020, according to Infotrak, and covered 26 states across six geographical zones.