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Coronavirus: Majority of Britons think government doing bad job handling COVID-19 – poll | Politics News

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A majority of Britons still think the government is doing a bad job handling coronavirus, after Boris Johnson announced further lockdown easing measures last week.

A YouGov poll for Sky News found 51% said the government was doing a bad job, while 44% said it was doing a good job.

This seven-point gap is smaller than the government’s worst moment – an 18-point deficit two weeks ago.

However, it is still much worse than in March, when Boris Johnson’s administration enjoyed sky-high approval ratings, with more than 70% backing its approach.

Even 24% of voters who supported the Tories in the December general election think Mr Johnson’s government is doing a bad job handling coronavirus.

Asked about a number of specific areas, the public endorsed the government’s approach to protecting jobs, with 65% backing it, while 54% supported its approach to the economy.

But only 30% thought Mr Johnson’s government had done a good job minimising deaths from COVID-19.

More than a third – 28% – approve of the way it handled the distribution of personal protective equipment to frontline staff, while only 23% think it is doing a good job testing and tracing those with the virus.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer gets a broad endorsement, with 42% saying he is doing a good job and 22% saying a bad job, while 36% do not know.

Sir Keir’s decision not to attack every element of the government plan too aggressively also gets broad support.

Just 5% say he is too supportive, with 19% saying he is too opposed, while 44% say his approach to supporting the government is “about right”. Just under a third – 32% – did not know.

YouGov interviewed 1,663 adults across Great Britain on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

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