YouGov: Only 28% in Wales trust Mark Drakeford to make right decisions on Coronavirus

First Minister Mark Drakeford. Picture from a Welsh Government video.

Only 28% of people in Wales trust First Minister Mark Drakeford to make the right decisions on coronavirus, but 40% don’t know enough about him to come to an opinion, according to a YouGov poll.

Despite this, people in Wales are slightly more confident of how the Welsh Government is handling the crisis overall than the UK Government, the poll shows.

56% are confident in the Welsh Government’s handling of the crisis while 53% are confident in the UK Government’s handling of the crisis. 33% think the Welsh Government are performing badly compared to 40% who think the UK Government were performing badly.

The results also showed that people in Wales are twice as likely to think the quality of healthcare in their nation is low, at 26% compared to 12% in both England and Scotland.

The trust in Mark Drakeford in Wales stands in contrast with Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland, where 71% have confidence in her to make the right decision.

Trust in the Health Minister Vaughan Gething in Wales is lower still than the First Minister, with only 22% having confidence. 33% said they did not have confidence in him and 31% in Mark Drakeford.

However, 45% did not know enough about Vaughan Gething to offer an opinion.

Only 10% have confidence in Wales’ Chief Medical Officer Frank Atherton, but 77% didn’t know enough about him to say.

Marginally, by 45% to 44%, people in Wales want to see the lockdown eased at different times in different places rather than an all-UK approach, the poll suggests.

82% thought the Welsh NHS were handling the crisis well compared to 9% who disagreed.

YouGov polled 1065 Adults in Wales between the 24th – 27th of April.

 

‘Responsible’

Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price AM today called on the Welsh Government to publish the ‘Operation Cygnus’ findings after responses to written questions in the Senedd revealed that the Labour administration had received a copy of the report.

Operation Cygnus was a simulation exercise carried in October 2016 to estimate the impact of a hypothetical H2N2 influenza pandemic on the United Kingdom.

Mr Price said he agreed with the Labour Party’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth MP, who called for the Westminster Government to publish the same information, alongside the actions taken.

In April, Mr Ashworth said “[t]here are serious questions for ministers on what lessons were learnt from the Cygnus pandemic drill, which can only be answered by publishing its conclusions and the actions taken as a result”.

Ministers have been accused of covering up the report which allegedly showed serious deficiencies in the UK’s preparedness to deal with a pandemic.

“We know that the Welsh Government has a copy of the findings of Exercise Cygnus – they must now publish its recommendations,” Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price said.

“Just as the First Minister’s Labour colleague said, the public deserve and need to know what happened in this test so that we can learn lessons to help us now.

“We need to know exactly what specific actions the Welsh Government took to better plan and prepare our NHS for an inevitable pandemic in light of the report and its findings.

“This is not just interesting to the public, it is in the public interest to know what steps the Welsh Government took in terms of PPE, testing infrastructure, key equipment and their general preparedness for a global pandemic.

“It would be deeply hypocritical for Labour to say one thing in Westminster, but do another in Wales where they have the capacity to do so. I hope the First Minister will listen to his colleagues and do the responsible thing and publish the conclusions of the Operation Cygnus report they received.”

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I trust ‘Mike’ Drakeford implicitly, to further the interests of the Cardiff elite plus all the Quango dwellers and associated hangers on with their noses in the taxpayer funded trough.

Ieuan Evans
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Ieuan Evans

I certainly trust him especially when you compare him to the Westminster lot doing the daily update. . It is appalling that he hardly gets any mention in the English dominated press or media, hence the reason why 45% did know enough about him.
Today the news hailed the trialling plasma treatment at English hospitals. Yet this treat was proposed by a Welsh hospital in early April and hardly received any media coverage.

John Ellis
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John Ellis

You point to the same very real problem to which J. Humphreys alludes. The much greater profile of the Scottish government and parliament when compared with Wales is surely in large measure a consequence of the fact that Scotland has considerably more vigorous national media of its own, whereas Wales effectively has no national newspaper widely read throughout the nation and English language news and current affairs programmes which for the most part are shared with, and inevitably overshadowed by, England’s.

Ann Owen
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Ann Owen

Also more attention by the media for Scotland and the Scottish Government because of the high vote for the SNP.

Nigel Thomas
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Nigel Thomas

YouGov’s is owned by the Tory party

Ann Owen
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Ann Owen

I too noticed the hoohah about plasma treatment trials in England today, and no UK media attention to those in Wales weeks ago! No media attention, no taking Wales seriously, no respect. Oh wait, Drakeford was on all TV channels congratulating Johnson on the birth of a baby boy! Our own TV channels are no better – in which other country would you see a First Minister’s daily briefings on a deadly pandemic cut abruptly in mid-flow because it was longer than the allocated slot??! The sort of attitude of squeezing you in to fill an empty space in our… Read more »

John Ellis
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John Ellis

If we had a different first minister from a different political party, would you say the same? I ask this not because I disagree with your view, but ratherbecause I tend to share it,

But a quarter of a century’s close involvement in politics – in my somewhat younger days and during the time when I was living in England – inclines me to the view that the risk which you hightlight is real everywhere and exists quite regardless of the party in office.

j humphrys
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j humphrys

Conclusion: Wales needs it’s own broadcasting, and increase in published media. Anyone notice the UK gov. splashing out that 25,000000 to prop up publishing.

Matt Nobles
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Matt Nobles

The only thing this meaningless poll highlights is the failure of the utterly inadequate Welsh media to inform the population about the government, its ministers and what they do. Most people living around me don’t even know that Wales is responsible for health matters.

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Wrexhamian

None of these poll results are in the least surprising, for the very reasons you mention. And that lack of knowledge of the Welsh political scene cuts across all social classes, as far as I can see. But I’ve come to the conclusion that that suits Cardiff Bay, and certainly Westminster, fine. No knowledge = no opinion, no scrutiny and therefore no criticism.

paul
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paul

I thought this was supposed to be a serious News Channel for Wales. What the hell has Yougov got to do with serious news. If I want to read a Yougov poll I would buy the Sun or The Daily Liar. Siomedg iawn yn wir.

Carol Peett
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Carol Peett

He is totally incompetent – was useless when in charge of health previously, too. They should scrap the useless Assembly

Alsatianlover
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Alsatianlover

I’ll be moving across the bridge if this useless unelected waste of space and the assembly or, senedd as its now called isn’t abolished soon. Never wanted them in the first place. A total waste of taxpayers money!