Almost half back lockdown for the unvaccinated – Savanta ComRes
- Almost half of UK adults support an indefinite national lockdown starting in December for those who have not received at least two coronavirus vaccinations (45%)
- A third oppose this (32%), rising to two in five of those aged 18-34 (39%)
- Support is highest amongst those aged 55+ (55%), but also includes more than one in ten of those who have yet to have any covid vaccinations (13%)
- Almost half (46%) also back reducing the time between the second vaccination and eligibility for the ‘booster’, with just one in six opposed to this (15%)
- Support for reducing the gap between the second vaccine and the booster is almost identical across Conservative (51%) and Labour (49%) voters
New polling from Savanta ComRes suggests significant support amongst UK adults for an indefinite national lockdown starting in December for those who have not received both Covid-19 vaccinations (45%), with just one third opposed to this (32%). The proportion who support this includes over one in ten of those who are yet to be vaccinated at all (13%).
Support is significantly higher amongst those aged 55+ (55%) and Conservative voters (52%) than those aged 18-34 (29%) and Labour voters (44%).
Opposition to a lockdown for the unvaccinated is highest amongst those aged 18-34 (39%) and, unsurprisingly, those who have yet to be vaccinated at all (67%).
Many have suggested that the key to avoiding further coronavirus restrictions is ensuring that Britons receive their third ‘booster’ vaccination as soon as possible.
The current system allows access to this ‘booster’ jab 6 months after having received the second covid vaccination. However, this polling suggests significant support (46%) for reducing the time people are required to wait, with just one in six opposed to the idea (15%).
Support for this rises to half of Conservative (51%) and Labour (49%) voters, as well as half of those who have currently only had two vaccinations (48%).
And, with three quarters of those who have received two vaccinations planning to get the booster (76%), the time limit between the jabs could well be a topic to keep an eye on.
Commenting on the findings, Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta ComRes says,
“Despite the UK government stressing the point that it wishes to avoid further covid restrictions at all costs, news from across Europe of what some view as drastic measures to encourage vaccine uptake will undoubtedly be on the minds of many as a distinct possibility as winter approaches.
And, with Britons having been consistently in favour of tighter restrictions and measures to encourage vaccination in our polling from the last 18 months, it comes as little surprise to see such a significant proportion in favour of an unvaccinated-only lockdown”