Findings from the third in our series of surveys on COVID and wellbeing, conducted by Ipsos MORI for the Scottish Government, indicate both positive impacts from the vaccine roll-out and negative impacts from ongoing restrictions. Conducted by telephone from 5-12 March 2021, when Scotland was in national lockdown, the key findings include:
- Average anxiety scores had fallen compared with May 2020, especially among those aged 70 or older (most of whom had received their first dose of vaccine by the time fieldwork took place)
- However, compared with the previous round of the survey, conducted in December 2020, more reported feeling lonely at least some of the time, more reported a lack of sense of purpose, and more reported feeling cut off from family and friends. Around a quarter were concerned about their mental health (similar to previous waves)
- As in previous rounds, different groups of people report very different experiences – for example, younger people, women, people on low incomes, and people with long-term health conditions all reported higher than average levels of anxiety.
Our report on the findings, and the tables, are available below, and from the Scottish Government website.
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A few days ahead of the G7 Summit, taking place on 11- 13 June 2021 in the UK, the Women’s Forum published the results of an Ipsos survey of nationals of the G7 countries, highlighting the importance of taking the full measure of how and to what extent women have been affected by the pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.
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