Here are the response totals to this question for each month since we began asking it:
- December: 24 per cent, 35 per cent, 37 per cent.
- November: 11 per cent, 31 per cent, 55 per cent.
- October: 18 per cent, 32 per cent, 46 per cent.
- September: 13 per cent, 30 per cent, 51 per cent.
The first column showing support for a slower lifting of restrictions and lockdowns has bounced around a bit. It appears to mirror shifts in public concern about the virus – so last month, as cases, hospitalisations and deaths rose, backing for a more restrained relaxation hit almost a quarter of the poll.
The third column shows a further decline, for the second month running, in backing for those who prefer a more voluntarist policy – or in some cases no state-imposed constraints at all.
The gainer is the second column. At 47 per cent, just short of half of those who gave a view, support for the Government is markedly up. It is all of a piece with the rise in Boris Johnson’s own rating that we reported yesterday, and we expect to find our Cabinet League Table reflecting the same uplift.