BACKGROUND The survey on impact of religious gathering amidst Covid-19 was considered by Tenol Alpha Surveys to gauge opinion of Nigerians across social profile of the impression about the current lifting of ban on religious activities in the country. The survey was conducted in the second week of the lift of ban and target respondent from Teenage to over 40years. Respondent are from both religious sentiments available in Nigeria.
THE SURVEY Conversion rate for the survey is very good at 88% while average time was 3 minutes. A total of 100 forms are sent via online tools like, Facebook and WhatsApp with minimal consideration for sms (5%)
THE RESPONDENT MARITAL STATUS: 63% of the total respondents are married with 39% single respondent and 1% claim to be widow/widower.
AGE Majority of the converted respondent falls between 20 – 40years of age (72%). The least category of respondents who answered the survey are Teenagers (9%). Those who are above 40 years of age are below one fifth of the respondents (18%).
LITERACY LEVEL 3/4 of the respondents have tertiary education. Secondary education (16%) prevalent among teenagers (88%). Post tertiary education is least with 9%.
RELIGION Majority of respondent who are converted are Christians (90%) while respondents who are Muslim tail at 10%
SURVEY SUMMARY All the respondents (100%) are aware of covid-19. Only 10% of the respondents has someone they personally know with Covid-19 while others (90%) are not aware of anyone who is down with covid-19. Of the former category ONLY Christian respondents (100%) fill this rank.
Expectedly, all the converted respondents are aware of the covid-19 existence worldwide, however same could not be not be said of respondents belief of existence in Nigeria as 6% of respondent claim disbelief of presence of covid-19 in Nigeria. Of the latter category majority claim though they are aware of the presence of covid-19 in Nigeria but not sure of the truth in the brandish figures on daily basis. More of singles attest of this fact who are all Christians by religion.
About half of respondent (48%) affirm to “stay at home” as the MOST effective way to prevent covid-19, while only 5% of the respondents believe that the use of hand sanitizer is most effective. Other options respondents consider are the use of face-mask (17%), social distancing (16%) and hand wash (15%).
About 2/3 of respondent (58%) have not attended religious gathering since the ban was lifted. Noticeably none of the Muslim respondent has attended their mosque since the lift. Less than half of Christians (47%) claim to have attended their churches. More teenagers (75%) has attended the church so far. Noticeably, 45% of married respondent has attended their church since the ban was lifted.
60% of respondent did not support the idea of lift of ban on religious gathering while others (40%) give a nod. As expected more teenagers (63%) support the latter in this category. Most of the respondent who are of the secondary education (86%) gives a nod to opening of religious gathering, this category of respondent could be deduced as either low on income chain or students who have little to lose economically or dependent on others. None of the Muslim respondent support the idea of opening religious centers at this time.
Government was rated a little about average (MEAN 3.1) on their activities on covid-19. This is clearly evident across the social strata.