Scottish Government Polling on COVID-19 and Wellbeing

Survey highlights the scale of differences in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of different groups

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  • Rachel Ormston Research Director, Ipsos Scotland
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Findings from the second wave of a survey on the impacts of the pandemic on wellbeing in Scotland highlight both the ongoing impacts the pandemic is having across people’s lives, and the ways in which these impacts evolved over the course of 2020. Conducted by telephone 10-16th December 2020, on behalf of the Scottish Government, the survey also highlights that the extent to which some groups in society have been affected far more than others. Key findings include:

  • Many people’s working lives have changed since March 2020 – over 4 in 10 Scottish adults said their working situation or hours had changed. However, while those on higher incomes were more likely to say they were working from home more, those on lower incomes were more likely to say they had lost their job or been made redundant.
  • The level of support people reported receiving from others had tailed off somewhat since May. Most people in Scotland said they felt able to rely on their neighbours if they needed help - but younger people, those in deprived areas, and those with disabilities were less likely to feel this.
  • Average reported anxiety levels had fallen a little by December 2020, compared with May 2020. Fewer people were worried about friends and family becoming seriously ill with COVID, but more were worried about other people’s mental health.

Our report on the findings, and the tables, are available below.

The author(s)

  • Rachel Ormston Research Director, Ipsos Scotland

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