Public approval of the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has fallen for a second week in a row, according to a poll tracking opinion over the course of the pandemic.
The proportion of respondents who approve of the Government’s response to the outbreak dropped by 7 per cent, to 52 per cent, with 40 per cent stating that they disapproved.
But almost half (48 per cent) of the 2,103 adults surveyed by ORB International said that the Government was doing all it could to increase testing and deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS, despite fierce criticism by MPs of its handling of both issues.
Among a small sample of 94 NHS staff included in the poll, 52 per cent said they believed the Government was doing all it could on PPE and testing – higher than the national average. Some 42 per cent disagreed.
Last month, public confidence in the Government’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic soared after the introduction of the national lockdown and Rishi Sunak’s pledge to underwrite the national wage bill. A ORB poll conducted on March 25 and 26 found that approval of the Government’s handling of the crisis had risen from 49 per cent to 67 per cent in a week.
Approval dropped back down to 59 per cent earlier this month, amid accusations of a “power vacuum” at the heart of government after Boris Johnson’s admission to hospital with Covid-19.