Insight of the Week: Priority for Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Priority for Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Global Public Opinion, 2020

There is strong public support to build back better in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Majorities in 16 out of 27 markets surveyed say they would prefer to see a restructuring of the economy that addresses challenges like climate change and inequality, rather than simply getting the economy back to normal as soon as possible.

Younger generations and those with higher education are more supportive of building back better, as are people in Latin America and Europe. Asians tend to prefer a quick return to the status quo, except in China and Japan where slim majorities support a build back better approach. A slight majority of Americans are most interested in a return to the old economy.


  • Question wording: In building the post-COVID-19 economic recovery, do you think the priority should be: A) Getting economy back to normal as soon as possible, or B) Restructuring economy so it deals better with challenges like inequality/climate change.
  • Data Source: GlobeScan Radar, our 27-country, 27,000 person public opinion study on views of business, government and NGOs, issues tracking, and shifting societal expectations.

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