In a new online survey by Ipsos MORI, 88% of Britons believe that one year from now their economy will have changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and half (49%) think it will change a great deal.
Following a mass move to working from home for those able to do so, three-quarters also expect to see a shift in the way we work, only 1 in 5 (22%) of Britons anticipate little or no change in their working habits. The survey, conducted online among British adults aged 18-75 this weekend, found another three-quarters expect the way we live our lives to change – one in four say a great deal.
Seven in ten (69%) believe British society will have changed in a year’s time as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with one in five looking forward to a great deal of change. Roughly a quarter (26%) believe there will be little change, if any at all, and only 4% believe there will be no difference in British society at all. Women (74%, vs 66% of men), and young people (79% of 18-34s vs 66% of 35 to 75-year olds) are particularly likely to think British society will have changed in a year’s time due to coronavirus.
There is a contrast between the forecast impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on public services and the way we are governed. Public services are expected to be affected like much of the rest of British society – seven in ten (69%) think they will have changed one year from now thanks to the coronavirus, and one in four predict a great deal of change. However, in contrast, people think the British system of Government is less likely to be impacted by the crisis. Only 45% expect to see the system of government alter, while half (49%) expect to see few or no changes. Again, women and young people are more likely to expect changes to public services and Britain’s system of government. In particular, 62% of 18-34-year olds think Britain’s system of government will have changed, against just 35% of 55-75-year olds.