A new online survey by Ipsos MORI shows that Britons are split on the long-term impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the country.
Just under half of Britons aged 18-75 (45%) think that even though the coronavirus outbreak will be tough, Britain will be stronger when it gets through it, while 40% think the country will be weaker because of it for years to come.
In November 2012, after several years of being affected by the economic downturn, Britons were more pessimistic about how long the country would take to recover from the impact of the financial crash. Then, only 31% of the British public believed Britain would come out stronger, while over half (56%) believed it would be weaker.
There is also a clear partisan divide. Two in three (64%)2019 Conservative voters believe that, although the coronavirus outbreak will be tough, Britain will be stronger when it gets through it. In comparison, only 32% of Labour supporters and 33% of Lib Dems also feel positively. While only a quarter (27%) of Tory supporters think the country will come out weaker, over half of both Labour and Lib Dems think COVID-19 will have a long-term toll (54% and 52% respectively).