Survey Results Reveal Only A Third Are Confident Government Will Hit Vaccine Target In Specially Commissioned Poll for the 

Jeremy Vine on 5 Show

 

Channel 5, Wednesday, 13th October, 9.15am

 

 

A poll, specially commissioned by ITN Productions’ Jeremy Vine on 5 show from Savanta ComRes, has provided a comprehensive view of the response to the latest coronavirus crisis throughout the UK, including the public’s views on the vaccine and latest lockdown rules.

 

The results, which will be discussed on Jeremy Vine on 5 on Channel 5 on Wednesday (13th January, 9.15am), will see Jeremy and guests discuss the critical issues that are currently facing the UK, reflecting that only a third of people are confident that the Government will hit its February vaccine target; nearly half of people think that the penalties for people who break the coronavirus rules are too lenient; while there is a marked increase in people wanting to receive the vaccine.

 

 The poll, conducted by Savanta ComRes reveals:

Just over a third - 35% believe the Government will hit its target of offering 15 million vaccination slots to UK adults by February 15th, with younger adults (18-34) more confident (40%) as opposed to unconfident (27%).
There’s a nine point jump in UK adults who are significantly more keen to get the vaccine now (63%), compared to 54% in December, with only 14% now reluctant to receive the vaccine.
Older adults aged 55+ are almost twice as keen to receive the vaccine than adults aged 18-34 (81% vs. 44%). In fact, one in five younger adults is reluctant to receive the vaccine (18-34: 21%, 35-54: 17%).
Regionally, Scotland (75%), Wales (72%) and the South-West (70%) are most keen to get the vaccine.
Nearly a half of people - 44% think that the penalties given to people who break the coronavirus rules are too soft with just one in six believing they are too tough (17%).
Just under half (47%) of the UK believe the penalties have been poorly enforced with just one in six believing they are well enforced (17%).
Over half of the people interviewed in the South West (54%), Scotland (53%) and the North-West (53%) felt that the penalties were poorly enforced.

 Savanta ComRes interviewed 2,302 UK adults aged 18+ online between 8 and 10 January 2021. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of UK adults 18+ by age, gender, region, and other socio-economic characteristics including social grade. Savanta ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

 

 

For full results and breakdown: 

Q. The Government has set a target to offer vaccination slots to 15 million in the top four priority groups to receive the Coronavirus vaccine - including all over-80s - by 15 February. To what extent do you feel confident or unconfident that they will hit this target?

 

Sum: Confident

35%

Sum: Unconfident

31%

Very confident

11%

Somewhat confident

24%

Somewhere in the middle

28%

Somewhat unconfident

18%

Very unconfident

13%

Don't know

6%

Base: All respondents (n=2,302).

 

·         Men are more confident than women in the government’s ability to hit its vaccination targets (39% vs. 31%).

·         A plurality of younger adults aged 18-34 are confident in the government’s ability to hit its vaccination targets as opposed to unconfident (40% vs. 27%). In contrast, a plurality of older adults aged 55+ are unconfident in the government to do so as opposed to confident (36% vs. 32%).

·         While 2019 Conservative voters are the most confident voter bloc (44%) in the government’s ability to hit its vaccination targets, a quarter (25%) do not have confidence.

·         2016 Leave voters are more likely to be confident than Remain voters (38% vs. 33%).

 

Q. Now a Covid-19 vaccine has been approved by the UK regulator, how keen or reluctant are you to receive the vaccine?

 

 

10/1/21

13/12/20

15/11/20*

Sum: Keen

63%

54%

57%

Sum: Reluctant

14%

19%

15%

Very keen

44%

34%

35%

Quite keen

19%

20%

22%

Somewhere in the middle

19%

22%

24%

Quite reluctant

7%

9%

8%

Very reluctant

7%

10%

7%

Don't know

4%

5%

4%

Base: All respondents (n=2,302).

 

* Q. If the Pfizer vaccine were to be approved, and you were able to get it through the NHS, how likely keen or reluctant would you be to have the vaccine?

 

·         UK adults are significantly more keen to receive the vaccine now (63%) than they were in December (54%).

·         Older adults aged 55+ are almost twice as keen to receive the vaccine than adults aged 18-34 (81% vs. 44%). In fact, one in five younger adults is reluctant to receive the vaccine (18-34: 21%, 35-54: 17%).

·         Those that did not vote in 2019 are significantly less keen (41%) and more reluctant (26%) than voters from the main three parties to receive the vaccine.

 

Q. Thinking about the penalties given for people who break Coronavirus rules during lockdown, to what extent do you think they are too tough, too soft or about right?

 

Sum: Too tough

17%

Sum: Too soft

44%

Much too tough

7%

A little too tough

10%

About right

31%

A little too soft

17%

Much too soft

27%

Don't know

7%

Base: All respondents (n=2,302).

 

·         While a plurality of both men and women believe the penalties are too soft, men are more likely to say too tough (20% vs 14%) and women are more likely to say they are too soft (47% vs. 42%).

·         A majority of older adults aged 55+ believe the penalties are too soft (56%), with just one in ten believing they are too tough (10%). However, younger adults aged 18-34 are almost perfectly split on the issue (too tough 27% vs. too soft 31%).

 

Q. Thinking again about the penalties given for people who break Coronavirus rules during lockdown, to what extent do you think they are well or poorly enforced?

 

Sum: Well enforced

17%

Sum: Poorly enforced

47%

Very well enforced

5%

Quite well enforced

12%

Somewhere in the middle

28%

Quite poorly enforced

26%

Very poorly enforced

21%

Don't know

8%

Base: All respondents (n=2,302).

 

·         A majority of older adults aged 55+ believe that penalties for rulebreakers are poorly enforced (56%), with just one in eight believing they are well enforced (12%). In comparison, just two in five younger adults aged 18-34 believe they are poorly enforced (38%), and a quarter think they are well enforced (25%).

 

Jeremy Vine on 5 airs weekdays, Channel 5, 9.15am.

 

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