Labour Grassroots carried out a survey of Labour members and we received nearly 1,000 replies.
The survey included questions about the Government’s existing strategy as well as proposed changes to lockdown.
It is clear that respondents were opposed not only to future moves to end lockdown, but also to some of the lifting of restrictions that have already taken place (especially regarding reopening pubs and restaurants).
There were, however, a majority who would feel comfortable attending political events with social distancing.
These are the results of the survey:
Do you think the government should have locked down on 23rd March?
- Yes – 6.5%
- No, it should have been earlier – 89.5%
- No, lockdown wasn’t necessary – 2.5%
- Other – 1.5%
(Comments included: ‘It should have been earlier – the WHO called for a lockdown in January when Johnson missed all the Cobra meetings.’)
Do you consider it irresponsible to reopen pubs and restaurants?
- Yes – 60%
- No – 23%
- Other – 17%
(Comments included: ‘I feel very conflicted as I work in hospitality & events but yes, I think some places are behaving very irresponsibly as are their customers. I think it will result in more cases certainly.’)
Have you been to a pub or restaurant since the end of lockdown?
- Yes – 44%
- No – 51%
- Other – 5%
(Comments included: ‘Only once briefly at an outside eatery but I was so appalled at the lack of social distancing by customers and staff and their lack of PPE that I will not be doing it again any time soon.’)
Do you think masks should be mandatory in public?
- Yes – 67%
- No – 15%
- Other – 18%
(Comments included: ‘It should have been brought in at the beginning, but they said no, now people have no faith in what the governement say, I believe in you use 2 meter distance in public thats save. I have a illness that makes it hard to wear a mask, but out of respect for staff and drivers I wear it when in shops and public transport.’)
Do you think all schools should reopen in September?
- Yes – 26.5%
- No – 39.5%
- Other – 34%
(Comments included: ‘It should not be one size fits all. Each school should be assessed individually taking all aspects into consideration.’)
Do you think it is safe to attend an outdoor event that includes social distancing?
- Yes – 60%
- No – 21%
- Other – 19%
(Comments included: ‘Safer than indoors, obviously safer if people are masked as well. Relative risk should be low.’)
Do you think sports stadia should be reopened to the public?
- Yes – 10%
- No – 70%
- Other – 20%
(Comments included: ‘I’m not sure, because I haven’t seen any scientific study that suggests whether large outdoor crowds would be relatively high or low risk; so probably ‘no’ for the time being.’)
Do you think theatres should be reopened?
- Yes – 16%
- No – 58%
- Other – 26%
(Comments included: ‘Not yet, though financial support should be given until its safe.’
Would you attend an outdoor political event with social distancing?
- Yes – 54%
- No – 32.5%
- Other – 13.5%
(Comments included: ‘I have attended x2 BLM events but not in a city centre. I would have left if social distancing wasn’t in place but it was on both occasions. Depends what the event is!’)
Do you think anything could have been done differently?
- Yes – 98%
- No – 2%
(Comments included: ‘Where to start?! Govt should have locked down earlier, a proper shutdown not the nonsense we’ve seen. Greater education around Covid is needed, better government messaging, greater protections for those that have to go into work and universal basic income *for all* to help us get through the recession.)