Majority of public support stricter police enforcment of lockdown measures

The vast majority of the public believe the police should be strict or very strict in enforcing rules around lockdown, though only a minority believe they are actually doing so, a survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

Aug 21, 2020
By Tony Thompson
Social distancing recommendations have been regularly ignored.

Nearly 7 in 10 (69 per cent) adults reported that they think the police should be very strict or strict in enforcing rules to help reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, only 15 per cent of adults think police are very strict or strict in enforcing these rules.

Approximately seven in 10 (69 per cent) adults reported that they think the police should be very strict or strict in enforcing rules to help reduce the spread of the Covid-19 such as social distancing, lockdown measures and wearing face coverings.

However, only 15 per cent of adults think police are very strict or strict in enforcing these rules.

For those aged 70 years and over, 80 per cent reported that police should be very strict or strict in enforcing rules but 23 per cent said they thought the police were currently being strict or very strict.

The ONS also asked adults whether they supported the targeted lockdown measures for local areas affected by Covid-19 outbreaks and more than half (55 per cent) of all adults reported that they strongly supported these measures.

The statistics were based on a survey of 2,500 adults aged 16 years and over in Great Britain conducted between August 12 and 16.

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