Yesterday, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempted to reassure the public over food shortages and empty shelves in shops by promising Christmas 2021 will be better than last year.
However, a new Ipsos MORI poll finds high levels of public concern that panic buying, the energy crisis, and shortages of HGV drivers and fuel will have a negative impact on their Christmas.
A new Ipsos MORI poll finds high levels of public concern that panic buying, the energy crisis, and shortages of HGV drivers and fuel will have a negative impact on their Christmas.
After a turbulent couple of months, with shortages and both a fuel and energy crisis in full swing, we asked the nation what they worried might impact their Christmas this year. Up top, was panic buying, with 75% of people stating this as something they were worried about impacting their Christmas negatively, closely followed by the energy crisis (70%).
A lack of HGV drivers to deliver food, presents and other goods was also top of mind at (68%), followed by inflation at 62%. Six in ten people are also worried about the impact of the current fuel crisis, despite reassurances from The Government that it would return to normal within days/weeks. Covid 19 continues to play on our minds as well, with 54% of people concerned they, or someone in their household may have to self-isolate.
Overall women are more likely to be worried than men when it comes to potentially negative impacts on Christmas, with 66% of women saying they are concerned about food and drink shortages, compared to 55% of men.
Families are also more concerned about the impact on Christmas than those without children – seven in ten (70%) households with children are concerned about the impact of the fuel crisis on Christmas, compared with 55% of those without children. And over half (54%) of families are worried about not being able to afford to celebrate Christmas, compared with 31% of households without children.