While the poll showed the overwhelming majority are in compliance with the regulations, the figures come as infections continue to rise ahead of a winter that is expected to be very difficult for the NHS to manage.
The inquiry also found that public approval of the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has fallen to its lowest level since the polls began. Currently, 50% disapprove of the government’s handling of the crisis, while 29% approve, up from 31% two weeks ago.
Labor has a two percentage point lead over the Tories. The Tories are down two points from a fortnight ago, while the Labor Party is stable. The public is divided on who would make the best prime minister. Keir Starmer leads by a single point, as he did a fortnight ago. While 31% believed the Labor leader would make the best prime minister, 30% opted for Boris Johnson.
Following the battle between Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and the government over funding, Burnham has a net approval rating of +23 points among residents of the Greater Manchester area. The Prime Minister has a net national approval rating of -14 points.
The public is divided over the clarity of the new tiered system of Covid restrictions. Half (50%) said they thought the system was clear, 44% thought the opposite. Almost two in five (38%) think the new measures have not gone far enough, 32% think the measures are about right and 18% think they have gone too far. A third (34%) said they were not convinced they knew what the rules were in their field.
Opinium interviewed 2,002 adults online from October 22 to 23.