talkRADIO poll: Majority would feel unsafe easing lockdown

Some 82% of respondents said they would not feel safe on public transport

Thursday, April 30, 2020

An exclusive poll carried out for talkRADIO has revealed that 84 per cent of people surveyed say they would feel unsafe visiting a restaurant or pub if the lockdown is relaxed next week.

An almost identical proportion would feel unsafe taking public transport, while a third said they would feel unsafe leaving their home at all.

It comes as the government prepares to review the lockdown position on May 7 some seven weeks after it began.

Boris Johnson has said that he will next week set out how restrictions may be eased but said the timing of when this could happen will depend on the country's progress through the epidemic.

Ministers say that if social distancing measures are to be relaxed daily death and infection rates must be consistently falling and the NHS able to provide sufficient critical care.

The capacity for virus testing and stocks of protective equipment must also be able to meet future demand and the NHS be able to cope with a second outbreak.

Meanwhile, more than three quarters of people that took part in the poll said China is to blame for the pandemic which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December.

Half of the participants agreed that China should be forced to pay damages to the rest of the world as a punishment and to lower the risk of future pandemics.

A third of people said they would no longer buy a product made in China.   

It comes as Donald Trump claims to have seen evidence that the virus originated from a Wuhan lab, though US intelligence agencies have said the virus was not man made or genetically modified.

This survey is based on a sample size of 1,500 British adults. It was carried out by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, which is a member of the British Polling Council.

Read more

Donald Trump claims he has seen proof Covid-19 began in Wuhan lab

Coronavirus briefing: Lockdown exit plan to be set out next week

talkRADIO: Listen live for the latest updates of Covid-19