The consultancy PSE studies the mobility of the Portuguese, continuously. This study is a panel that implies an APP installed on the mobile phones of the participating sample. Thus, the actual displacement of the population is monitored 24 hours a day. This study is highly rigorous because it records the location via GPS and concomitantly because it is based on a statistically representative sample of the universe under study. Technical note at the end.
In a full week, weekend and working days, most Portuguese – 82% – go out at least once. These data are from week 19 (4 to 10 May). On the third day of the week, 70% of the Portuguese had already left home at least once.
In pre-pandemic times, 66% of Portuguese leave home 4 or more times a week, on average. At the peak of Confinement, only 25% of the Portuguese left home 4 or more times a week. From May 4 to 10, there were 39% who left 4 or more times. And 65% who left home 3 or more times. As you can see in the following graphic:
In pre-pandemic times, only 7% of Portuguese do not leave home during the week.
Only counting the working days, the weekly average of the Mobility Index, can be seen in the following graph, which shows that we already have 70% of normal, pre-pandemic mobility.
In the percentage of Portuguese who leave home at least once a week, we see that there are more Men leaving than Women. Before the pandemic, there is no difference between men and women. After confinement, the percentage of men who go out during the week is always higher.
Week 12 was when there was a more drastic change in confinement at home. It reached the highest value in week 15 where it reached the average weekly value of 66% at home. The lack of definition has been occurring smoothly since Easter Sunday. In week 19 it dropped to 51% at home, the average weekly value.
Yesterday 14th May, 51.8% of the Portuguese were on the street and 48.1% remained confined at home. The clear trend is towards smooth deflection. Both on working days and on weekends, the trend is very smooth and controlled. We’ll see next week.
The Total Confinement of the Portuguese, at home, can be decomposed between what is the Natural Confinement (who usually does not leave the house) and the Additional Confinement, made by the people who usually leave the house, but who are now at home.
Since 2019, this study has produced data that are applied, above all, to gauge the audience of outdoor advertising, but also to assist city councils in spatial planning and in the management of mobility and transport. And also in behavioral studies of mobility and “shopper”, for other companies and entities.
This study is the PSE panel, with continuous data collection through location monitoring and means of travel via mobile application of a panel of representative individuals from the Universe over 15 years old, residing in the regions of Greater Porto, Grande Lisbon, North Coast, Central Coast and Faro District. This study implies an APP installed on the mobile phones of the participating sample. So we monitor the actual displacement of the population, at each hour of the day. This study is carried out 24 hours a day. The data are obtained rigorously, via GPS and with the consent of the monitored sample. For a universe of 6,996,113 individuals residing in the studied regions, the margin of error attributable to the study is 1.62% for a 95% confidence interval.