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The majority of us are still following government advice

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Julian Dailly EVP 06/04/2020

Coronavirus daily tracker: 6th April 2020

Despite fears of isolation fatigue and the warmer weather tempting people outside, 86% of us are sticking to the rules

More than two in five (43%) say that their disposable income has decreased as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak.

For 12 days in a row we’ve found four in five people (or more) saying that they’re following most or all of the government’s instructions, including 86% in Sunday’s data.

This could be because more than half (56%) of the public have said that they’re very worried or worse over each of the past two days; this is the highest level of worry since March 23rd – the day the lockdown was introduced.

Furthermore, a quarter (24%) of people told us yesterday that they’re the most worried they’ve ever been, the highest figure since we started tracking.

It’s no surprise that anxiety levels are increasing with more than two in five (43%) saying that their disposable income has decreased as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak. This figure has been consistently at 40% or above for the last six days, and eight of the last nine days.

However, those who say they’re self-isolating has dropped from 51% last week to 41% today while over half (8 days straight at 50% or higher) of people are working from home when they would not ordinarily.

In terms of government approval ratings, there has been a steady decline over the last few days, with Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, and Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, both seeing their approval drop by 8 points.

The approval ratings for the Prime Minister and Health Secretary have also dropped slightly but, following the worrying news that Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital, opinion may change on that over the coming days.

While the UK government’s overall approval rating has also dropped slightly (4 points in 2 days), the number of people who approve of the NHS response to the pandemic still stands above 80%.

We will be updating our coronavirus tracker daily and weekly as this unprecedented pandemic unfolds. The full data set can be downloaded here. Please get in touch for more information.

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