Covid-19 Survey: Your Responses

In the last survey, we asked about many aspects of the current crisis, including who you trust the most for gathering information, what you think of the government's strategy and much more.


We are pleased to have received 2,501 responses at the time of writing, and the results were very interesting to see:


Who do you trust the MOST for information regarding Coronavirus?

· NHS: 403 (16.11%)

· Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer): 749 (29.95%)

· Boris Johnson: 723 (28.9%)

· Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Science Officer): 133 (5.32%)

· Civil Service: 30 (1.2%)

· Dominic Raab: 27 (1.08%)

· Matt Hancock: 66 (2.64%)

· Priti Patel: 30 (1.2%)

· Sir Keir Starmer: 20 (0.8%)

· TV Journalists: 30 (1.2%)

· Newspapers: 15 (0.6%)

· Unsure: 292 (11.68%)

Who do you LEAST trust for information regarding Coronavirus?

· NHS: 15 (0.6%)

· Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer): 34 (1.36%)

· Boris Johnson: 83 (3.32%)

· Sir Patrick Vallance (Chief Science Officer): 7 (0.28%)

· Civil Service: 64 (2.56%)

· Dominic Raab: 24 (0.96%)

· Matt Hancock: 54 (2.16%)

· Priti Patel: 69 (2.76%)

· Sir Keir Starmer: 333 (13.31%)

· TV Journalists: 1,438 (57.50%)

· Newspapers: 433 (17.31%)

· Unsure: 139 (5.56%)

How reliable do you believe media coverage of the Coronavirus crisis has been? (1 = Very Unreliable, 5 = Very reliable)

· 1: 1,399: 55.94%

· 2: 546: 21.83%

· 3: 345: 13.79%

· 4: 134: 5.36%

· 5: 77 : 3.08%

How would you rate the Government's handling of the Coronavirus crisis? (1 = Very poor, 5= Excellent)

· 1: 205: 8.20%

· 2: 124: 4.96%

· 3: 331: 13.23%

· 4: 1,012: 40.46%

· 5: 829: 33.15%

How supportive are you of the current lockdown? (1 = Do not support at all, 5 = strongly support)

· 1: 174 (7%)

· 2: 119 (4.76%)

· 3: 254 (10.16%)

· 4: 464 (18.55%)

· 5: 1,490 (59.6%)

Do you believe that the lockdown should have started earlier?

· Yes: 792 (31.67%)

· No: 817 (32.67%)

· Maybe: 594 (23.76%)

· Unsure: 298 (11.92%)

Which of the following have affected you personally as a result of the lockdown? (You may select more than one)

· Feelings of loneliness and isolation: 286: (11.44%)

· Difficulty in obtaining essential items due to being vulnerable & reliant on deliveries: 338 (13.51%)

· Business having to close & suffering a high loss of earnings: 242 (9.7%)

· Loss of work or have been furloughed: 311 (12.44%)

· House sale or purchase falling through: 36 (1.44%)

· Cancellation of a holiday: 438 (17.51%)

· None of the above: 492 (19.68%)

· Other: 358 (14.31%)

Are you currently employed?

· Yes and I am working from home: 393 (15.71%)

· Yes and I am an essential worker, continuing to work as normal: 335 (13.39%)

· Yes but I am currently furloughed: 353 (14.11%)

· No, I am retired: 887 (35.47%)

· No, I am currently unemployed: 141 (5.6%)

· No, I am currently in full-time education: 29 (1.12%)

· Other (mostly self-employed): 574 (22.95%)

Do you support an online sales tax to ensure that online retailers contribute to supporting businesses who have had to close during the crisis?

· Yes: 1,190 (47.58%)

· No: 497 (19.87%)

· Maybe: 477 (19.07%)

· Unsure: 337 (13.47%)

Which of the following courses of action do you believe that the UK Government should adopt with respect to China following the crisis?

· Boost trade ties in order to restore growth to the UK economy 202 (8.08%)

· Leave the current approach of cautious engagement unchanged: 264 (10.56%)

· Incentivise businesses to return to the UK: 690 (27.59%)

· Cut Huawei out of the 5G network rollout: 669 (26.75%)

· Place economic sanctions on China: 465 (18.59%)

· Other: 213 (8.51%)


Even more interestingly, our responses revealed quite a lot about our respondents. Of course, we will not disclose overly sensitive data, however the following is how respondents chose to define themselves:


Which age category do you fit in to?

· Under 18: 0.1%

· 18 – 25: 3.1%

· 25 – 35: 5.8

· 35 – 50: 17.6%

· 50 – 65: 44%

· Over 65: 29.5%


Which of the following best describes you?

· A Conservative supporter but not a party member: 72.4%

· A Conservative party member: 25%

· A local association officer for the Conservative Party: 1%

· A Conservative Councillor: 1%

· A former Parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party: 0.6%


Where in the UK do you live?

· London: 150 (5.6%)

· South East England: 413 (16.51%)

· South West England: 343 (13.71%)

· East of England: 171 (6.83%)

· West Midlands: 221 (8.84%)

· East Midlands: 262 (10.48%)

· Yorkshire: 247 (9.88%)

· North East England: 148 (5.92%)

· North West England: 354 (14.15%)

· Scotland: 83 (1.52%)

· Wales: 100 (4%)

· Northern Ireland: 9 (3.6%)

Are you a member of the Conservative Party?

· Yes: 28.2%

· No: 71.8%

Did you vote Conservative in the 2019 General Election?

· Yes, but it was my first time voting Conservative (normally Labour): 18%

· Yes, but it was my first time voting Conservative (normally UKIP/BP): 18.9%

· Yes, I always vote Conservative: 62.3%



Our newest survey is on China, and how you think our government should respond post-Covid. Please click here to take part!



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