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Savanta ComRes: Little public appetite for relaxed Christmas restrictions

by LLB political Reporter
20th Nov 20 11:24 am

New polling from Savanta ComRes shows there is limited public appetite for relaxed restrictions over the Christmas period if they result in greater restrictions in 2021.

Following indications from SAGE, the Government’s scientific advisers, that for every day restrictions are lifted over Christmas there will need to be five days of tighter restrictions to later make up for it.

  • Fewer than one in twelve (8%) UK adults would like to see seven or more days of relaxed measures over the festive period
  • One in in seven (14%) would be happy with three days
  • One in six (17%) would be happy with two days
  • One in ten (10%) would be happy with just one day of eased restrictions
  • Around one in three (30%) people say they would prefer no days of relaxed restrictions at all

Similarly, more than a quarter (27%) say that they think it’s sensible for households not to form social bubbles over the Christmas period, while only 8% say that it would be sensible if four or more households were to form social bubbles. One in five (20%) say that three households would be a sensibly-sized bubble, while more than a third (38%) say festive bubbles should be limited to two households.

If a simple trade-off were between allowing more households to meet for a small number of days over the festive period versus tighter restrictions in 2021, two thirds (65%) say that fewer households should meet over the festive period so that tighter restrictions last for a shorter length of time in 2021, while a quarter (24%) say the opposite.

Commenting on the findings Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta ComRes said, “These findings reiterate what we’ve seen throughout the pandemic; that Brits feel that Covid-19 is severe enough to warrant significant sacrifices to stop the spread of the virus. 

“Underpinning this data, there is an acknowledgement that Christmas festivities are going to be very different this year.

“While it’ll be interesting to see what levels of compliance with Government rules are over Christmas, this data indicates that if people cannot have a completely normal Christmas, they’re willing to have a vastly different one than usual.”

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