Public attitudes to coronavirus: November update

This report presents findings from polling work, conducted between March and August 2021, on public attitudes to the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland.

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Data sources

The source is an online survey by YouGov. It is a bespoke commission by Scottish

Government. Further information about this source can be found in Annex A and Public attitudes to coronavirus: tracker - data tables. This report contains results from 2 March to 25 August, inclusive. During this period there were significant easing of Coronavirus restrictions, with Stay at Home regulations lifted on 2 April and hospitality (pubs, restaurants and cafes), gyms and non-essential retail reopening on 26 April, alongside travel within the UK. All of Scotland moved to Level 0 from 19 July, and “beyond Level 0” on 9 August. [1] This included the removal of most remaining restrictions, notably rules on physical distancing and social gatherings, although restrictions remained around face coverings on public transport / in indoor public spaces, as well as collection of contact details at hospitality venues. Positive new cases of Coronavirus were low throughout March, April and May, rising again towards the end of June; cases had fallen by the end of July however began to rise again in mid-August. [2] By 23 August, over 4 million people (age 18+) had received their first Coronavirus vaccine (91% of the population), and over 3.5 million (80% of the population) had received both doses.

Fieldwork dates are provided in Annex A. These dates and what was happening in relation to the pandemic should be kept in mind when interpreting the data. Due to the evolving situation and government responses to Coronavirus (see Annex B), questions were introduced at different times, or not asked at all waves.



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