Curious to understand how those in the UK feel about how their country has been handling the pandemic and what they most eagerly anticipate when things normalize, we conducted a survey of 1,396 UK residents aged 18+ in early March.
When asked about their national government’s response to the pandemic, nearly half feel they “handled the pandemic okay; there are a few things that should have been done differently” (47%), with another 40% assessing the approach as “poorly; there are many things that should have been done differently.” Just 13% feel the UK government handled the pandemic “well.”
As for what they wish their government had done differently, the chief qualms revolve around the restrictions: “imposed more restrictions” (81%) and “waited longer to lift restrictions in the early weeks of the pandemic” (59%). Nearly half of Gen Z also wishes more financial assistance had been provided for individuals (46%).
Thinking ahead to brighter days, when the lockdown and safety restrictions are lifted, slightly over half (54%) indicate they’ll be “very” or “somewhat” comfortable returning to their pre-pandemic lifestyle and routine. By generation, Gen Z & Millennials are more likely to have this level of comfort (59-64%).
When the lockdown/safety restrictions are lifted, the main activities our British respondents are eager to resume within the first 30 days are seeing family (68%, skewing female) and/or socializing with friends (58%, topped by Gen Z). Secondarily, they await dining indoors at a restaurant and going to a pub or club (32-40%).
As for whether they hope to be vaccinated when gatherings resume, the majority of those we surveyed will get the vaccine “as early as I’m able to” (53%), with another 18% having already gotten at least one jab (rising to 41% of Boomers). Another 13% plan to get vaccinated eventually.
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