Why is the British Public so supportive of the Lockdown?

4 April 2020. Updated 14 May 2020.

In every country, including the apparently more relaxed Germany and Sweden, majorities want their government to limit the spread of the virus, even if that means a significant recession or depression and large-scale loss of jobs.

Once again, the UK is the most adamant, with three quarters opting for limiting the spread over protecting the economy. If there is a lockdown divide between “doves” and “hawks” in Downing Street, the public are about as dove-like as can be.

James Johnson, The Times, April 14th 2020

Latest Polling

Ipsos MORI poll, April 16th 2020

Further Reading

How coronavirus has taken its toll on the nation’s mood‘ by Matthew Smith, YouGov, April 4th 2020

Where has the British love of liberty gone?‘ by Toby Young, The Telegraph, April 18th 2020

Why the English sacrificed liberty for lockdown?‘ by James Kirkup, UnHerd, April 23rd 2020

Debbie does lockdown: coronavirus home porn goes viral‘ by Grant Tucker, The Sunday Times, May 2nd 2020

Fearful Britons remain strongly opposed to lifting coronavirus lockdown‘ by Toby Helm, Robin McKie and Lin Jenkins, Observer, May 2nd 2020

Coronavirus has turned us into a nation of scaredy-cats‘ by Toby Young, Telegraph, May 9th 2020

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