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Majority of public expecting Covid restrictions in 2021, but concern is decreasing

by LLB staff reporter
14th Dec 21 2:51 pm

With cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus rapidly increasing in the UK, a significant majority of the public are expecting restrictions in 2021, according to new polling by Savanta ComRes.

Over half say they are expecting restrictions this year (57%), with three in ten not expecting them (28%). However, this is actually less than when the same question was asked two weeks ago, when three in five said they were expecting restrictions (59%).

Despite this, the proportion who say that they don’t know is up 3pts from 12% two weeks ago, to around one in six now (15%).

And, over two in five UK adults now say that the worst of the pandemic is still to come (43%), 6pts higher than two weeks ago (37%). This shift is even more significant among younger Britons, with two in five (41%) now saying that the worst is still to come, 8pts higher than the proportion who said the same two weeks ago (33%).

2019 Labour voters (47%) and 2019 Remainers (49%) are significantly more likely than 2019 Conservative voters (40%) and 2016 Leavers (40%) to say that the worst of the pandemic is ahead of us.

However, whilst Britons are increasingly likely to say that the worst of the pandemic is ahead of us, they are increasingly less worried about a wave of coronavirus this winter. Despite levels of concern about a winter wave still being high – with three quarters saying this (74%) – this is actually 6pts lower than the proportion who say they were concerned two weeks ago (80%).

Conversely, one in five UK adults say they are not concerned about a wave this winter (21%), 8pts higher than the proportion who said the same previously (13%).

Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta ComRes said, “What feels most interesting here is the fact that more people than ever feel that the worst of the pandemic is ahead of us, yet concern has plateaued or is decreasing.

“That seems to make little logical sense but, perhaps, there are reasons. Firstly, concern is still very high, and perhaps it has therefore simply saturated to the point that it will not get any higher, especially when stories released last week showed little concern from government staff regarding the pandemic last winter.

“But also, while predicting the course of the pandemic is difficult enough for scientists, let alone the public, thinking that the worst is still to come could be an indication that the public are hoping to get Christmas out of the way before having to deal with Covid again in January, but the virus and therefore government policy, could have other ideas.”

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