Public concern about the coronavirus is AMAZING as the number saying the disease is a major problem facing the UK drops by 23 percent in one month – but it is still seen as the biggest challenge Britain faces
- A new poll shows that public concern about the coronavirus has fallen sharply in the past month
- Research found that 49 percent see Covid-19 as one of the major problems facing the UK
- But the number registered about 23 points lower in March than in February
Public concern about the coronavirus has diminished sharply over the past month as a sign that the country’s mood on the disease is changing as the vaccination drive continues.
A new survey conducted by Ipsos MORI revealed that 49 percent of people consider Covid-19 to be one of the biggest issues facing the UK.
But that number is 23 percent lower than in February – the first significant drop in disease concern since June 2020.
The polling station said the numbers suggested that “the public may think the end of the pandemic is in sight.”
However, despite the drop in concern, the coronavirus still remains the biggest problem facing the UK, above other things like Brexit, education and housing.
A patient is vaccinated while visiting the Riverside Stadium Vaccination Center on March 22, 2021 in Middlesbrough, England
The February edition of the Ipsos MORI Issues Index found that 72 percent of people cited the coronavirus as a major problem for the country.
That number fell to 49 percent in March, while a third (34 percent) said they saw the pandemic as the UK’s biggest problem, up from 57 percent last month.
The numbers also showed that there is an age split about how the disease is viewed in older and younger Britons who are now less concerned than those in the middle age bracket.
Ipsos MORI said: “The percentage who cite the pandemic as a problem is 44 percent among 18-34 year olds, 59 percent among 35-54 year olds and 43 percent among the over 55s. In February, however, these figures were 70 percent, 76 percent, and 72 percent, respectively.
Those 65 and older are among the least likely to cite the pandemic as a major problem; 39 percent do that, which means that it is their joint top care in addition to the economy (also 39 percent). ‘
Beyond the coronavirus, the poll found that concerns about Brexit have also eased: a quarter now cite it as a concern (26 percent), up from 33 percent in February, 35 percent in January and 60 percent in December.
However, there have been some increases in the share of the public concerned about other issues, such as the NHS, education and housing.
The survey found that the number of reports from the NHS as a major concern increased by 8 percent, with 24 percent of respondents citing the problem.
Mike Clemence, associate research director at Ipsos MORI, said: “This month’s spending index suggests that the public thinks the end of the pandemic is in sight. While half still consider Covid-19 to be a major problem for the country, this is significantly lower than last month when three-quarters felt the same way.
Concerns are notably lower among older age groups, suggesting that the vaccination campaign is having an impact on public perception – although concerns are also lower among the youngest Britons who will not yet be vaccinated.
But as concerns about Covid subside, we will see other concerns grow as well. We recorded significant increases in concerns about the NHS, poverty, education and housing this month. ‘