1. Impact of Coronavirus
Respondents were asked about the perceived level of threat to their job resulting from Coronavirus. Figure 1 shows that around one quarter of those employed perceived a 'very high' or 'high' threat to their job. This remained fairly consistent during November and December.
Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base those in employment (n=413-461)
Respondents were also asked how concerned they are about the impact of Coronavirus on their household finances. As shown in Figure 2, between one in six and one in eight were 'very' or 'extremely' concerned that they will not be able to pay bills, have a job, or be able to provide for their household in one month's time.
Figure 2: Proportion of respondents who were very/extremely concerned about the scenarios shown
Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1013-1020)
Respondents were also asked how worried they are about the long-lasting effect of Coronavirus on jobs and the economy. As shown in Figure 3, the majority agreed that they were worried in November and December.
Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1002-1004)
Respondents were asked to rank a list of possible issues in order of concern in relation to the year ahead (i.e. 2021). As shown in Figure 4, the most common option to be ranked as the one respondents were most concerned about was increasing hospitalisations and deaths from Coronavirus.
Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1005-1013)
To understand the potential impact on non-COVID related health issues, respondents were asked if they would avoid contacting a GP for immediate non-Covid-19 medical concerns. As shown in Figure 5, consistently just over one quarter agreed that they would avoid doing so, slightly fewer from 8-9 December.
Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1002-1020)