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English split over whether Wales’ or England’s pandemic approach is best

18 Jan 2022 2 minute read
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) in yesterday’s speech broadcast on BBC One. Mark Drakeford (right), picture by the Welsh Government.

The English are split over whether the approach taken in Wales or England to deal with the pandemic is the best, according to a new poll.

A survey conducted by YouGov shows 32% of the English population preferring the approach taken in England, only marginally ahead of those who prefer the approach taken in Wales, at 31%.

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

The policies in England have been set by the UK Government, while policies in Wales have been set by the Welsh Government. The poll was used to gauge the public’s reaction to both governments’ approaches as they have dealt with the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

In Wales, a number of restrictions were put in place to try to tackle the surge in cases, while in England, the UK Government opted not to do the same.

The poll also shows that while English people are split on which approach they prefer over all, they tend to have similar views on individual policies as the Welsh.

It suggests that 55% of people in England would support following the approach taken in Wales by closing English nightclubs. This is versus 33% who oppose doing so.

It also suggests that 51% of English people would support limiting indoor meetings to a maximum of six people, as has been the case in Wales since 26 December. Two in five (40%) of people in England oppose implementing this rule.

Around half of English people (49%)  also support changing the rules in England to prevent people from attending large sports and entertainment events, with 41% opposed to doing so. In Wales, the Welsh Government put in place measures to limit such events to 50 people outdoors and 30 indoors.

The poll was conducted between January 4 and 7, 2022, with 1,510 people in England aged 18 and over.


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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
8 months ago

Who cares what they think? They don’t live here and don’t know the full story. They know as much about what it was like living here as we know about over there.

Ieuan Evans
Ieuan Evans
8 months ago

What a nonsense article.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
8 months ago

Considering people in england probably arent that well informed on the welsh govt’s response to the pandemic is quite remarkable that the findings of this poll are so close and reflects well on the welsh govt’s handling of the pandemic i think

Last edited 8 months ago by Leigh Richards
defaid
defaid
8 months ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

My first thought echoed yours.

Given the usual slant in UK-national coverage of all things Welsh, I’d imagine that WG’s covid policies would be the clear preference east of the border too — if they were better known.

Brechfa Smythe _ Rhydderch
Brechfa Smythe _ Rhydderch
8 months ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Try asking the businesses in Llanymynech one side of the street England one side Wales. One side prospered at the expense of the other. But SHSH don’t tell anyone.
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Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
8 months ago

The Welsh side have been great, they’ve adhered to the regulations pretty well. Even during the lockdown, hardly anyone crossed the road to the English side. One pub, the Dolphin Inn, on the Welsh side, has lost money because trade has shifted to over the road. Very difficult for the landlord, but I suppose you have to give priority to safeguarding the population during a public health emergency. They’ll recoup when the restrictions are lifted.

It’s common knowledge, by the way, so no need for secrecy.

Brechfa Smythe _ Rhydderch
Brechfa Smythe _ Rhydderch
8 months ago
Reply to  Wrexhamian

Ho ho ho.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
8 months ago

I do speak to business owners in Wales and the ones ive spoken to have been overwhelmingly supportive of the welsh govt’s handling of the pandemic – as have the welsh public in general, and every poll of welsh public opinion has shown this. Nothing you say under that fake profile, or under any of the other fake profiles you troll under on here, has any basis in truth whatsoever. PS. Have you tried getting a life? 😉

Last edited 8 months ago by Leigh Richards
Brechfa Smythe _ Rhydderch
Brechfa Smythe _ Rhydderch
8 months ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Ho ho ho the most hated man in Wales I hear.

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