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UK Public Sours On Gov't Pandemic Handling; FRA, SWE Improves Markedly


Latest opinion polling from YouGov shows a sharp fall in the British public's opinion of the gov'ts handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. This stands in stark contrast to that of the French, Swedish, and German gov'ts, where public perceptions of their actions has improved markedly since the previous survey in May 2021.

  • % who think their national government is handling the COVID-19 vaccine rollout well: Denmark 81% (+17 from May), UK 79% (-7), Italy 78%, Spain 72%, Sweden 60% (+17), France 55% (+20), Germany 44% (+21)
  • % who think their national government is handling protecting people's health well during the pandemic: Denmark 79% (-2 from May), Italy 61%, France 56% (+14), Spain 56%, Sweden 50% (+4), Germany 48% (-6), UK 46% (-10)
  • % who think their national government is handling protecting people's jobs well during the pandemic: Denmark 65% (+5 since May), France 57% (+16), UK 55% (-2), Sweden 55% (+9), Germany 48% (+7), Italy 41%, Spain 36%. Fieldwork 10-22 Nov, Spain and Italy not surveyed in May.
  • In those countries with poor public perceptions of their gov'ts protection of lives during the pandemic (the UK, Germany), or of peoples jobs (Italy, Spain) we could see more political or public antipathy to more restrictive COVID-19 restrictions in the event they are required to contain the Omicron variant.

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