55% of Libyans say their living situation has deteriorated since coronavirus outbreak

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 22 Feb 2021, 06:10 PM
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A survey conducted by the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation showed that more than half of Libyans view the country's economic situation as bad or very bad, while 55% believe their living conditions have deteriorated compared to the previous year.

According to a poll, which monitors the views and feelings of citizens in six Arab countries, including Libya, on several important issues, only a quarter of Libyans consider the economic situation positive. Also, 55% of Libyans feel that their personal economic situation has deteriorated compared to the previous year, a period when the coronavirus pandemic began to spread across the country, and also saw Libya's fuel production decline. At the same time, people in Libya are optimistic about the future, with 63% of those surveyed expecting the country's economic situation to improve in the coming years.

The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly alarmed Libyans after infection figures rose in the second half of 2020, with the vast majority saying that the outbreak in Libya is very severe or serious by 77%. The study finds that these levels represent a significant increase in concerns since late last summer, when surveys found that less than three-quarters of citizens are worried about the spread of coronavirus. The levels of health and economic impacts of the virus are also somewhat linked to perceptions of how the government is handling the health crisis, with only 37% saying the Libyan authorities are doing a good job.

The relatively limited actions taken by them and the reluctance of some citizens to take the warnings seriously seem to have led to this result. In Libya, citizens are also divided, although a higher percentage blames rival governments in the East and West.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation, is a non-profit political organization founded in 1964 and named after the first German Chancellor, it is active in more than 120 countries.

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