New research by Ipsos MORI shows half of Britons (49%) believe the government measures put in place to control the coronavirus period over Christmas were about right. A third (35%) think they were not strict enough, but only 9% say they were too strict. This is a change in mood from the weeks before Christmas, when 36% felt the measures were about right, and 44% that they were not strict enough.
Older people aged 55-75 are most likely to think the measures were not strict enough (43%), compared with 20% of 25-34 year olds, six in ten of whom (59%) say they were about right. Around half of both Conservative and Labour voters felt the measures were about right (54% and 46% respectively), and just over a third felt they were not strict enough (34% and 38%).
Meanwhile, most Britons still say they are actively self-policing to limit the chances of catching the coronavirus over the next few weeks.
Almost 9 in 10 (87%) of Britons are already (75%) or plan to (12%) wear a face mask when in public places, while a similar proportion are or are planning to sanitise/wash their hands more regularly (85%). When out socialising 8 in 10 (80%) say they are (62%) or are planning to (18%) keep a distance from their friends and family while around two-thirds (64%) have already had their booster jab. A further 13% plan to do this.
When is comes to going out, 6 in 10 (60%) say they are not/plan not to attend social gatherings at others’ houses while 59% are avoiding or plan to avoid pubs and restaurants. Similarly, 56% will/already have avoided using public transport. Just under half (48%) of those currently in work will or are working from home rather than going into the office (48%). Two-thirds are or plan to shop online instead of in store.