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2. Attitudes to Coronavirus guidance and restrictions
Views on guidance
As well as tracking the impacts of the Coronavirus on wellbeing and daily life, surveys have also been used to monitor people's attitudes to the Coronavirus response. This section presents polling data relevant to trust in government advice and willingness to comply with Coronavirus measures.
Figure 11 shows that at the end of March the vast majority (89%) agreed or strongly agreed that the best thing to do is follow the government's advice, and this has decreased steadily to 77% in August. It also shows that a minority agreed that they find it easy to join in if their friends and family are not quite sticking to the rules, and this increased in early and late June and has stayed stable since.
Personal protective actions
Respondents were asked when, if ever, they currently wear a face covering when they leave the house. Figure 12 shows that the proportion of respondents reporting to wear a face covering at least sometimes has increased since the beginning of May to 93%. This increase was fairly steady at the beginning, but rose sharply in July when the wearing of face coverings became mandatory in certain settings.
Respondents were asked the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with the statements shown in Figure 13 regarding restrictions and guidelines. Figure 13 shows that the majority of respondents agreed that they feel clear about what is required of people as restrictions change, and agreement has remained between 75% and 82% since mid-June. Figure 13 also shows that the proportion of respondents who find it hard to always stick to government guidelines has increased since early-April, although it has remained stable since the middle of June.
Respondents were asked whether they had heard of Test & Protect, and how much they felt they know about the Test & Protect programme. Only one of these questions was asked in the latest survey wave (25-26 August). Figure 14 shows that levels of awareness have increased slightly since the beginning of June. When asked how much they know about Test & Protect, between three fifths and two thirds answered that they feel they know 'a great deal' or 'a fair amount'.
Figure 15 shows that the majority of respondents agreed that they would be happy to provide details of their contacts and be willing to isolate for 14 days if told to do so; both of these measures have increased slightly since the beginning of June.
Rating of government
Respondents were asked how good or poor a job various institutions are doing to help Scotland deal with the recovery following the pandemic. Previously, respondents of the Ipsos MORI survey were asked how good or poor each of the following was doing to contain the spread of the virus.  As shown in Figure 16, respondents have consistently rated the NHS highly. The proportion who rated the Scottish Government as doing a 'good/very good' job has also remained high and fairly stable. Ratings of the UK Government to help Scotland deal with recovery following the pandemic have been lower than ratings of Scottish Government but have remained consistent.
Trust in Scottish Government
Respondents were asked on a fortnightly basis to what extent they trust the Scottish Government to work in Scotland's best interests during the Coronavirus pandemic. As shown in Figure 17, around three quarters of respondents trust the Scottish Government either 'a great deal' or 'quite a lot', and since mid-July the proportion who report 'a great deal' of trust decreased slightly.
Trust in Scottish Government advice and guidance
Respondents were asked whether they agreed or disagreed with statements about trust in advice from Scottish Government, and trust in the Scottish Government to decide when to lift (or re-impose) restrictions. Figure 18 shows that the majority agreed that they trust advice and guidance from the Scottish Government about Coronavirus, and to decide when and how to lift restrictions. Trust in Scottish Government to deal with local outbreaks is also high and has remained consistent since mid-July, with around three quarters agreeing that they trust Scottish Government to monitor and respond to localised outbreaks.
Sources of information
Respondents were shown a list of information sources and asked about the degree to which they trust the source to deliver information on Coronavirus. As shown in Figure 19, there have been continued high levels of trust in scientists to deliver information about Coronavirus, with a small increase in the most recent wave. The proportion who trust the Scottish Government has been consistently higher than the proportion who trust the UK Government to deliver information about Coronavirus.
Respondents were shown a list of information sources and asked which they use regularly to access information on coronavirus (i.e. at least three times a week). As shown in Figure 20, the most commonly used sources are the First Minister's daily briefing and BBC TV News. There has been an increase in the proportion accessing Scottish Government websites and social media for information on Coronavirus since May.