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Public attitudes to lockdown – and what do we want to do now?

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Three quarters of Britons (72%) say they are likely to visit an elderly friend or relative once lockdown is relaxed and it becomes possible to do so – new poll from research agency Blue Marble.

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Three in five (60%) say that they are likely to go to a pub, restaurant or bar once it becomes possible to do so, and a similar proportion (61%) say that they are likely to invite friends or family to their house for dinner.

However, only one in five (20%) say that they are likely go to a stadium or arena to attend a sports match or concert in the next 6 months, and three in ten (28%) say that they are likely to travel overseas for a holiday in the next 6 months.

These are some of the results of a new opinion poll published by social research agency Blue Marble today. The poll, which was conducted last weekend among a nationally representative sample of 2,025 British adults aged 18+, provides new insight on how the British public are finding lockdown and what they want to do when lockdown is over.

Half of the public (53%) say that they have been feeling uncertain about their future more in the last month than before the coronavirus outbreak. Two in five Britons (39%) say that they have been worrying about money more than they did before the coronavirus outbreak. Concern is highest among younger age groups and those in private sector jobs.

A third of the public (32%) say that they have been exercising regularly less in the last month than before the coronavirus outbreak, a quarter (23%) say that they have been eating healthily less.

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An astonishing 93% of the public say that the NHS has responded well to the coronavirus outbreak in the UK – with three quarters (74%) saying that the health service has responded very well. But the NHS is not alone in receiving praise – 85% of the public say that supermarkets have responded well to the crisis.

Support for the Government’s response is more mixed, with more than half (56%) saying that the Government has responded well and three in ten (29%) saying that it has responded badly. Criticism of the Government is highest among younger age groups and the most affluent.

At the other end of the spectrum, water companies were the least positively viewed of the organisations tested in our survey. Just a third of the public (32%) think that water companies have responded well to the crisis, although similar proportions think that these companies have responded neither well nor badly (33%) or say that they don’t know how these companies have responded (31%).

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Methodological note: Blue Marble interviewed 2,025 GB adults (18+) online between 1st May and 3rd May 2020. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of GB adults by gender, age, region, socioeconomic grade and working status.