Over half of Britons believe the Government was too slow to enforce lockdown

56% of Britons believe the government should have enforced social distancing earlier, but it's having the impact it needs to.

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  • Kelly Beaver MBE Chief Executive, UK and Ireland
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An Ipsos poll, carried out online among 18-75 year olds between 27-30 March, has shown that 56% of people believe that the Government enforcement of social distancing measures were taken too late, whilst only 4% of people felt that they were taken too soon.

Government measures in response to Coronavirus - Too early, right time, too late

The Government enforcement has been effective though with 79% of people now saying they are avoiding leaving their homes up from only 50% before the Government’s lockdown last week.

Behaviour changes in response to COVID-19


Kelly Beaver, MD Public Affairs at Ipsos commented:

It is very encouraging to see that 4 in 5 people are now avoiding leaving their home following the Government’s enforcement of this last week. While the majority of people feel it came too late, the impact it has had on people’s behaviour is critical at a time when we all need to be doing our part.


Technical note:

Ipsos interviewed a representative sample of 1,072 British adults aged 18-75. Interviews were conducted using its online i-omnibus from 27–30 March 2020.  Data are weighted to match the profile of the population. All polls are subject to a wide range of potential sources of error.


The author(s)
  • Kelly Beaver MBE Chief Executive, UK and Ireland