Economic inequality has worsened during the pandemic

  • A majority of people (52%) said that they believed economic inequality had worsened during the pandemic
  • The NHS was the most popular policy priority for rebuilding after the crisis (selected by 51%), followed by jobs and unemployment (35%), and mental health (28%).
  • In relation to schools, support for pupils’ mental health and wellbeing was the most popular policy priority (38%).
  • David Cameron and George Osborne’s economic strategy of public spending reductions to reduce the deficit after 2010 was judged to be the wrong decision by 47% of people.
  • 76% of people supported more spending on health and social care compared with before the pandemic, followed by protecting the environment (56%), policing and criminal justice (54%), housing (52%), and welfare, benefits and pensions (51%).
  • Four-in-ten people said they were prepared to pay more in taxes to fund public services.
  • The vaccination programme leads the way in terms of public satisfaction with government delivery of major programmes during the pandemic (71% satisfied). The furlough scheme also has a positive result (60%), while in other areas there was much greater dissatisfaction – for example, with the ‘Test and Trace’ programme (55% dissatisfied).
  • People appear to take a pragmatic view of the boundary between the public and the private sector in the provision of public services responding to the pandemic – with support for private sector involvement if it can boost the effectiveness of the state’s response.
  • On whether the government has ‘followed the science’ during the crisis, the public are divided – 38% think the government have followed the science about the right amount compared with other factors, followed by 33% not enough and 20% too much.
  • Keir Starmer’s approach of ‘constructive opposition’ has divided voters – the largest group (35%) think the leader of the opposition has done either a fairly or very bad job at this, followed by 29% saying neither good nor bad and 27% fairly or very good (27%).
When will business travel return? It depends on whom you ask. American Airlines thinks the recovery could begin in September and 2022 could be even stronger than 2019 for domestic business travel. International road warriors may have to wait a bit longer.
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Published by technofiend1

Kazan- Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982

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