In the last survey, we asked about many aspects of the current crisis, including what you thought our response should be to China and much more.
We are pleased to have received 2,312 responses at the time of writing, and the results were very interesting to see:
With respect to trade with China, do you believe that the UK should...?
Seek to increase trade in order to boost the economy: 2.6%
Seek to maintain existing ties: 3%
Reduce reliance on China and trade with other nations: 42.4%
Aim to eliminate as much trade with China as possible: 59.4%
Don't know: 0.5%
Has Coronavirus made you more likely to choose UK based businesses over imported goods and services?
Yes, I will be buying local wherever possible from now on: 80.9%
I am a little more likely to buy local: 14.9%
I am not likely to change my purchasing decisions: 5.1%
Less likely: 0.2%
Do you trust Chinese companies such as Huawei with delivering the UK's 5G network?
The people of Hong Kong maintain a separate governing and economic system from that of mainland China under a principle of "one country, two systems". They have long standing close relations with the UK. Do you believe the UK should...?
Do more to help the people of Hong Kong maintain their autonomy: 52.6%
Speak out where China does not respect their autonomy but avoid escalation: 43.6%
Not get involved in order to avoid damaging ties with China: 3.5%
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been criticised for its handling of the crisis. Which of the following best reflects your view of the WHO?
I believe it is a vital organisation that has done the best it can: 28.6%
I believe it is an important organisation but has done some things wrong: 4.1%
I do not believe it is that important but the UK should continue to fund it: 3.3%
I do not believe it is at all important and that the UK should not fund it: 60.3%
Do you think the argument that Covid-19 originated from a lab in China is true or untrue?
Definitely true: 31.1%
Probably true: 47.8%
Probably untrue: 8.5%
Definitely untrue: 2.7%
Don't know: 9.9%
Do you trust the official number of deaths from Covid-19 published by the Chinese Government?
Don't know: 2.3%
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:
18 - 25: 2.9%
25 - 35: 4%
35 - 50: 13.7%
50 - 65: 41.6%
Over 65: 37.7%
Where in the UK do you live?
South East England: 17.5%
South West England: 13.6%
East of England: 9.1%
West Midlands: 7.7%
East Midlands: 9.1%
North East England: 5.8%
North West England: 11.1%
Northern Ireland: 0.6%
Did you vote Conservative in the 2019 General Election?
Yes, but it was my first time voting Conservative (normally Labour): 9.3%
Yes, but it was my first time voting Conservative (normally UKIP/BP): 19.1%
Yes, I always vote Conservative: 65.6%
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