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83% prefer Wales’ approach to tackling Covid to that of England, new poll shows

20 Sep 2021 2 minute read
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) in yesterday’s speech broadcast on BBC One. Mark Drakeford (right), picture by the Welsh Government.

More than eight in every ten people prefer Wales’ approach to tackling Covid to that of England, according to a new poll.

83% of those who chose between the way the Welsh Government and UK Government had handled the crisis in the two countries said they favoured the approach taken by the Welsh Government.

The figure was a rise on May of this year when 81% preferred the Wales’ approach to the pandemic.

The YouGov poll for Cardiff University and ITV asked: “Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Wales and England have differed in their approach to tackling the crisis and implementing lockdown rules.

“Thinking generally, do you prefer the approach that has been taken in Wales or the approach that has been taken in England?”

14% said neither, 8% don’t know, while 65% favoured Wales’ approach, and 13% England’s.

61% trusted the Welsh Government to do a good job tackling Coronavirus, while 31% did not trust them. 55% trusted Mark Drakeford while 35% did not,

Only 34% meanwhile trusted the UK Government to do a good job tackling Coronavirus, while 59% did not trust them. 28% trusted Boris Johnson, while 65% did not.

However, contrary to the Welsh Government’s present intention, 43% backed a Covid inquiry for Wales while only 18% did not.

57% supported a public inquiry into the UK Government’s handling of the pandemic, while 14% opposed it.

Unexpectedly, given that the Welsh Conservatives have campaigned on the issue, Conservative voters were the most likely to oppose an inquiry into the Welsh Government’s handling of the pandemic, with Plaid Cymru voters the most likely.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,071 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 13th – 16th September 2021. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

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2 years ago

I agree that the Welsh government have done a lot better than the English but that isn’t a particularly high bar.

These constant comparisons with England can lead us to thinking that 2nd worst is ok as long as England are the worst. We should start judging Wales and Welsh success in it’s own terms.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
2 years ago

That’s like asking whether you prefer a hug or a kick in the face.

Ben Alexander
Ben Alexander
2 years ago

beating England’s approach or being more trustworthy than Boris Johnson is like beating a blind man with no legs on crutches in a 100 metre sprint for Usain Bolt.

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