Political Polling UK 12th March 2020

Conservative lead grows as Coronavirus dominates the political agenda 

The Conservatives lead has from risen back up to 17 points from 15 points last month, with the party now on 49%, taking almost half of the GB vote share.

In the current environment there is also positive news for the prime minister, with Boris Johnson having a net +6% positive approval rating, with 42% approving of how he has acted as prime minister, compared to 36% disapproving.

Broad approval of government’s handling of the Coronavirus crisis

Broadly speaking the government is perceived to be handling the crisis well. Just over two in five (44%) approve of the government’s handling of the Coronavirus epidemic, while only 30% disapprove.

Similarly, 41% have confidence in the Government’s ability to handle the Coronavirus situation as it continues to develop, while a third (32%) do not.

However, in London, where there are the most cases, 41% disapprove of the government’s handling of Coronavirus. Only 30% approve of the government’s handling.

Londoners think the government has underreacted to the crisis

Despite the broad national approval of how the government has handled the crisis, in other ways the public are a bit more divided. For example, there is still a divide about whether the government is doing enough. Although Two in five (41%) think the government has reacted proportionally, while a similar proportion (40%) think they have underreacting.

In London the proportion who think the government is underreacting is as high as 55%, while only a third (32%) think the government has acted proportionately.

Three quarters worried by Coronavirus

Coronavirus is beginning to have a serious impact on the public. Almost three quarters (73%) are worried about Coronavirus.

At the end of this week just under half (47%) of UK adults now think Coronavirus will have a negative impact on their personal finances, up from 34% at the beginning of the week.

Four in five (80%) think Coronavirus will have a negative impact on the economy.

Two in five (42%) think it is likely that they will catch Coronavirus, and 46% think a close family member will catch it. Half (51%) of workers think a colleague will catch it.

Tables and report

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