New YouGov research shows that the majority of adults in nearly all English counties would strongly support a local lockdown in their area.
A total of 25,592 adults were surveyed between the 7th and 14th of August after 83% of the British public said that they support the local lockdown measures placed on Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and other areas on the 31st July.
Respondents were asked whether they would either strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose having new lockdown rules imposed in their area if cases rose again.
The majority of residents in all but five English counties said they would strongly support a local lockdown, with the number of adults who say they
would strongly support a local lockdown highest in Northumberland (78%), Cheshire (68%) and East Sussex (66%).
While a plurality in West Yorkshire (44%) and Greater Manchester (45%) say they would strongly support a local lockdown, these two counties placed among the bottom three in England for supporting a local lockdown
The areas which are most opposed to a local lockdown include West Yorkshire, where one in ten adults are strongly opposed to a local lockdown in their area (10%). Approaching one in seven (13%) adults in Bristol would be strongly opposed to a local lockdown in their area, making the City of Bristol the most likely to be strongly opposed. A similar number of adults in Shropshire (12%) are also strongly opposed to local lockdowns, as are 10% of those in Wiltshire.
Commenting on the research, Connor Ibbetson, Research Manager at YouGov said:
“New YouGov research shows that most adults in England are in strong support of a local lockdown in their area, were there to be an increase of local cases. Following the introduction of local lockdown measures in Leicester, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and other areas, support to take these extra steps in order to keep the level of coronavirus infection at bay is widespread. The county with the highest number of residents that strongly support a lock lockdown is Northumberland, while the City of Bristol is the most likely to be strongly opposed.”