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Public attitudes to Coronavirus: November update

Published: 20 Nov 2020

This report includes some high level findings from recent polling work on public attitudes to the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland.

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Public attitudes to Coronavirus: November update
1. Impact of Coronavirus

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1. Impact of Coronavirus

Threat perception

The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many aspects of society and many people are experiencing financial and health concerns as a result. This section presents polling data used to understand the threats people perceive are posed from Coronavirus. 

Respondents were asked to what extent they agreed or disagreed with statements about the risk of an outbreak, and worry about going back into lockdown. As shown in Figure 1, the majority agreed with both statements, however belief that there is a risk of a local outbreak and worry about going back into lockdown fluctuated during September.

Figure 1: Proportion who agreed/agreed strongly with the statements shown [1]
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Line chart that shows two lines. One line represents the proportion who agreed that there is a risk of new cases in their local area. This is 68% in the first wave, and 61% in the latest wave, and fluctuates in between. The other line shows the proportion who agreed proportion who worry about going back into lockdown. This fluctuates between a maximum of 61% and a minimum of 52%.

Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1000-1053)

Financial impact

Respondents were asked about their perceived level of threat to their job. Figure 2 shows that around one quarter of those employed perceived a ‘very high’ or ‘high’ threat to their job from Coronavirus. This has remained fairly consistent during September and October.

Figure 2: Perceived threat to job amongst those employed
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Bar chart with four bars. Each bar represents a wave, and shows the proportion who perceived a very low, low, moderate, high, or very high threat to their job. Over the waves 39% to 43% perceive a very/low threat, 24% to 27% perceive a very/high threat, and 30% to 36% perceive a moderate threat.

Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base Those in employment (n=405-448)

Respondents were also asked how concerned they were about the impact of Coronavirus on their household finances. As shown in Figure 3, between one in seven and one in eight were ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ concerned that they won’t be able to pay bills, have a job, or be able to provide for their household in one month’s time.

Figure 3: Proportion of respondents who were very/extremely concerned about the scenarios shown
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Bar chart with 3 sets of two bars. The first set represents the proportion who were very/extremely concerned that they won’t be able to pay bills over two waves, the second that they won’t have a job, and the third that they won’t be able to provide for their household. The bars go from a minimum of 12% to a maximum of 14%.

Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1005-1012)

Health impacts

To understand the potential impact on non-COVID related health issues, respondents were asked if they would avoid going to a hospital or GP practice if they had a medical concern unrelated to Coronavirus. As shown in Figure 4, consistently just over one quarter agreed that they would avoid going to a hospital or GP practice.

Figure 4: Proportion who agreed/disagreed that ‘I would avoid going to a hospital or GP practice at the moment even if I had an immediate medical concern (not related to Coronavirus)’
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Bar chart with 8 bars. Each bar represents a wave, and shows the proportion who agreed or disagreed with the statement about avoiding GP or hospital. Over the waves the proportion are fairly stable: 21% to 25% strongly disagreed, 32% to 28% tended to disagree, 18% to 21% tended to agree, and 5% to 8% strongly disagreed.

Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1000-1053)


Contact

Email: covid-19.behaviours@gov.scot