Essential Report

Changing attitudes to people

May 19, 2020

Q. As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, have your views and opinions changes about each of the following groups of people?

  More positive view My views haven’t changed More negative view
Health workers and care staff 56% 40% 4%
People with mental health issues 23% 69% 8%
People who are unemployed 21% 69% 10%
People who are homeless 21% 72% 7%
  • Over half of people now feel more positive towards health and care workers as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak (56%).
  • Around one in five people now feel more positive towards people with mental health issues (23%), those who are unemployed (21%) or homeless (21%).


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