Public attitudes to coronavirus: May summary

This report includes some high level findings from recent polling work on public attitudes to the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland. A report covering earlier survey work was published on 8 May 2020.

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4. Community support

Neighbourhood perceptions

Respondents were asked about the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with statements about help and advice in their local area. Around half agreed there was someone in the local area they could turn to for help and advice, and just over a third agreed they had provided help to someone locally who needed it. The proportions who had helped someone, either in general or because of Coronavirus, were highest in the second week of May (8th - 11th).

Figure 14: Proportion who agree strongly/tend to agree with each of the statements show
This chart shows the proportion of respondents who agreed with four statements about help and advice in their local area at four time points: May 1-3, May 8-11, May 15-18 and May 22-25. The proportion who agreed with the statement ‘I feel I could turn to someone in this local area for practical help and advice’ was highest, with 53% agreeing with this statement on May 22-25.

Source: Ipsos MORI, Scotland data. Scottish base (n=500-684)

Community activity

Respondents were shown a list of activities and asked to indicate those they had undertaken in the last week. Two-thirds had phoned/skyped and this has remained stable throughout the month. Just under one in five had done shopping for a neighbour, friend or family member, a small decrease since the end of April. A small proportion had signed up to formal volunteering activities, such as through a community organisation, a charity or the NHS.

Figure 15: Proportion who had done each of the activities shown in the last week
This chart shows the proportion of respondents who had done a range of activities in the last week, at five time points: April 28-29, May 5-6, May 12-13, May 19-20 and May 26-27. All measures have remained relatively constant across each time point. 
The most common activity at each time point was ‘phoning, skyping or face-timing a neighbour, friend or family member’, with 63% reporting this at the most recent time point.

Source: YouGov weekly Scotland survey. Base (n=1004-1037)



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