New research by Ipsos MORI shows Britons are split when it comes to predicting the potential effects (e.g. economic, social and health) the coronavirus pandemic will have on different genders. Most expect that both men and women will be impacted as negatively as each other (61%) while 1 in 10 predict men with be the gender effected worse and 15% say women will suffer more.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, men are more likely to expect their own gender to be the most negatively affected (12% vs. 8% who say women) while women are also more likely to choose their own gender (18% vs 8% who say men).
Those with children or in bigger households are more likely to predict a more negative effect on men. Those with households of 3 or 4+ (14% and 13% respectively) are twice as likely to say this compared to those in households of 1 or 2 (7% and 6% respectively).
Looking to the future, many doubt the equality agenda will have progressed throughout the pandemic, instead 53% expect the level of equality to be the same as it was pre-pandemic, showing little change since January when 55% said the same in ourInternational Women’s Day survey. More than 1 in 10 expect to see women become less equal with men as they were before the COVID-19 outbreak (13%) while a similar proportion think they will become more equal (10%). Nine per cent say women and men were already equal before the pandemic began.
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