The majority of the UK public does not trust the UK government to contain the coronavirus pandemic – and more than half believe that dealing with the crisis has been a national humiliation.
One survey found that 57% of people said they don’t trust it to control the spread of Covid-19 – the first time since April that mistrust has become the majority in the country in a series of studies.
The finding is based on research by King’s College London and Ipsos Mori involving 2,244 interviews with UK residents aged 16-75 conducted online between 20 and 24 November.
Data shows that the number of people who think the response to Covid-19 is confused and inconsistent has risen significantly – to 68%, from 42% at the start of the crisis.
About 40% feel that the government has poorly adapted to the changing scientific information and situation – more than double the 15% who said the same in early April.
Just over half of the population (51%) think the government’s handling of the crisis has been a national humiliation – twice as many as those who disagree (26%).
Half said they were angry with the government for the way it handled the crisis, compared to a quarter who don’t feel that way.
Nearly two-thirds (64%) think the government has not prepared well for a second wave of contagion, while 47% think that in their response, ministers have prioritized certain parts of the country over others.
The survey also found that 45% feel that the government has poorly protected the future of young people during the pandemic, and 46% believe that ministers have poorly protected the health of the elderly or vulnerable people.
Despite these views, more people (44%) than against (25%) support the government’s current approach to fighting the coronavirus – virtually unchanged since July, when this question was last asked by the researchers.
The government ‘has damaged public confidence’
Professor Bobby Duffy, Director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London, said: “Trust in authority is key to living up to the unprecedented constraints that the public must live with and building a sense of collective responsibility.
“The British government started this crisis with seven out of ten people who said they had confidence in the handling of the pandemic – but it has since eroded public confidence.
“Now, for the first time, a majority say that they distrust the management of the crisis.
“Some of the reasons for this shift are clear: about two-thirds think the government has not properly prepared for a second wave of coronavirus infections, and the same part feels its approach is confused and inconsistent.
“These perceived shortcomings have provoked strong feelings in many people, with half of the public saying that dealing with the pandemic was a national humiliation, and the same group saying they were angry with the government for its response.
However, despite all the negative and declining ratings, nearly half of the public say they support the government’s approach, almost twice as much as against, and virtually unchanged since July.
“So while the government’s perception is waning, support for the actual measures is not – reflecting the incredible ongoing commitment of the majority of the public to contain the spread of the virus.”
A government spokeswoman said: “The government is working day and night to fight the coronavirus, taking the right steps at the right time to implement a strategy to protect our NHS and livelihoods and livelihoods. to save.
“We have been guided the entire time by the advice of experts from SAGE and its subcommittees, and our response has helped to keep the NHS from being overwhelmed.
“We have made significant progress in our response to tackling the coronavirus, including building the largest diagnostic testing system in UK history from scratch, helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus through NHS Test and Trace, and securing 357 million doses of potential vaccines through the work of the Vaccines Taskforce, and the first vaccines will be rolled out next week. ”