Below is my translation of Consulta Mitokvsky's summary of their survey.
Human flu in Mexico
National Telephone Survey
This survey was completed by Consulta Mitovsky. Full results at www.consulta.com.mx
In general terms, the mood of the country is negative for all items evaluated. It is considered that present conditions are worse or equally bad compared to last year. 85% of the national population thinks tat economic conditions are worse than last year; regarding health, 70% think so, 70% think security is worse and 62% think political conditions are worse.
In spite of the negative perception of the situation across the country, President Felipe Calderón receives a high rating, with 70% approval given by Mexicans who have residential telephone service, though without doubt this reflects the mood of the country in general.
All the attention paid to the news is monopolized by the flu epidemic which the country is presently living through. 84% of the population mentions this matter as the principal event of the past week, and they also mention aspects of the event.
Once the events arising from the epidemic and the suspension of classes in the whole country are mentioned, practically everyone says they are interested.
When the suspension of all levels of education is referred to, the largest proportion think this was decreed by the Secretary of Health (39%) although they also mention the President of the Republic as important in some way (30%).
The principal preventive measures Mexicans have currently taken have been to use mouth covers (25%), not to go in the street (24%), to wash hands well (18%), to follow the recommendations of the authorities (9%) and to avoid public places (6%).
In spite of the magnitude of the medical emergency, 94% of citizens say they don’t directly know anyone directly who is sick eith the flu, while 75% say that they don’t know of anyone with the flu in their circle of close neighbors or friends.
In spite of the seriousness of the symptoms, 87% of the citizens think that if anyone becomes sick now, it is quite certain that they can be cured of the illness. In the cases in which people died from influenza, the majority of citizens (65%) that this occurred because the victims didn’t get help in time and not because they did not receive attention from public health authorities.
Without doubt, a positive element of all the coverage has been that it has put clearly in people’s minds (94%) the information about where to go in case someone in their family or a neighbor shows signs of the illness . Also, a very high percentage of citizens say they know the symptoms which would permit them to identify the illness (94%).
When asked about the suspension of classes and the cancellation of events, 75% of the national population with telephone service thinks that the measures are called for; that 11% of the population thinks that stronger measures should be taken. Meanwhile, 45% of those interviewed think that information is being hidden.
It is mainly thought that the actions of the authorities in this medical emergency have been efficient (72%) and that it has not been exaggerated (69%), and it’s also thought that for the most part, the measures have been timely (65%). Opinions are divided about whether the information received has been incomplete (44.%) or complete (39.2%) [NOTE: the figures in the Spanish version of this report are incomplete. I took the figures from the actual survey.]
Among different levels of authorities people have been involved with, citizens grade positively the federal government in general and Felipe Calderón in particular (65%), next the Secretary of Health (63%), and in the case of local authorities, people grade their actions positively (58%) as well.
Without doubt, these actions have had a significant effect on daily activities. 80% of those questioned had a family member who stopped going to school, 32% cancelled plans during this time, 16% cancelled trips and in 22% of the cases, a family member stayed home from work.
Television is the preferred medium by a long shot for following the evolution of this epidemic according to 85% of those interviewed. A distant second is radio (7%) and third, conversations with friends and family members (2%)