Confidence in the ability of the NHS to deal with COVID-19 at its highest since last June

While January saw confidence in the NHS to deal with the coronavirus fall to an all time low, Britons are much more confident in February with 8 in 10 faithful in the NHS, the highest level since June 2020.

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  • Keiran Pedley Public Affairs
  • Cameron Garrett Public Affairs
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After the initial success of the vaccine rollout, it may come as no surprise that Britons are feeling increasingly confident in the ability of the NHS to deal with those who are ill as a result of the coronavirus. Before the announcement of the plan to end lockdown, nearly 8 in 10 (79%) said they are now confident in the NHS’s capabilities, the highest level since June 2020 and up 19 percentage points since last month.

Confidence in the NHS to deal with the coronavirusTwo-thirds of Britons (65%) say they are concerned about the risk coronavirus poses to themselves, falling 5 percentage points in the last month, while 34% are not concerned, an increase from 29% in January. 

Concern about the risk the virus poses to ‘the country as a whole’ has also fallen since last month, but remains high at 84%, with only 14% not concerned. However, the proportion of Britons saying they are “very concerned” has fallen significantly, almost half felt this way in January (48%) while only a third (33%) feel the same way now.

Public concern about the virus

Commenting on the findings, Ipsos MORI Research Director Keiran Pedley said:

There is some evidence that the initial success of the vaccine rollout is having a positive impact on the public mood. Findings from our monthly Ipsos MORI Political Monitor show roughly 8 in 10 think the government is doing a good job getting the vaccine out as soon as possible. Such positivity is reflected in these results too, with increased optimism at the ability of the NHS to deal with those getting sick from coronavirus and falling public concern about the virus generally – though it should be said levels of concern are still high.

Technical note:

  • Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,074 British adults aged 18-75. Interviews were conducted online from 19th to 22nd January 2021. 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)

  • Keiran Pedley Public Affairs
  • Cameron Garrett Public Affairs

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