Ipsos MORI’s latest Political Monitor poll reveals that half (49%) of Britons believe that the new coronavirus rules over Christmas are not strict enough while two in five (39%) think they are about right. Just 10% think that they are too strict. 2% say they don’t know.
Not all view the measures in the same light, however. For example, more than half (56%) of Labour Party supporters say the rules are not strict enough compared with 41% per cent of Conservative supporters. Meanwhile, a majority of those aged 55 and over (54%) say the measures are not strict enough.
The new poll also shows:
Seven in ten (70%) Britons are looking forward to Christmas, which is fewer than 2014 and 2000 when 81% were looking forward to the holiday. More than a quarter (27%) say they are not looking forward to Christmas (up from 17% in both 2014 and 2000).
Three in ten (31%) Britons are worried about how much Christmas will cost (66% are not worried). These are similar levels to 2014 when 32% were worried and 66% were not. In fact, fewer are worried now compared to the year 2000 when 40% were worried and 58% were not.
A minority of Britons are stressed about Christmas preparations (21%) but 77% are not. This is comparable to 2014 when 20% said they were stressed and 79% were not.