Brits back Boris Johnson easing lockdown, new poll shows

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Nearly two-thirds of British people think the Government’s plan to reopen pubs, restaurants and hairdressers in England from July 4 is a good idea, a new poll has found.

A snap poll by YouGov found that 64 per cent of Brits support the easing of lockdown rules for the venues which have remained shut during lockdown.

A poll of 2,264 adults found 40 per cent somewhat supported the rules easing for restaurants, pubs and other venues, while 24 per cent strongly supported it.

Meanwhile, 19 per cent somewhat opposed it, while 10 per cent strongly opposed it.

Asked if generally speaking they supported all the lockdown rule changes, which also mean that people in England can meet up indoors and stay overnight at other people’s houses, more than half of the people said yes.

Seven per cent of people surveyed even said that Boris Johnson hadn’t gone far enough.

But around 40 per cent of people think that the restrictions are being eased too soon.

And respondents’ views on the new lockdown freedoms were split along party lines.

Nearly 60 per cent of Conservative voters back the easing of restrictions in England compared to around 40 per cent of both Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters.

Nearly half of Labour and Lib Dem voters think the new freedoms Mr Johnson announced went too far, while around a quarter of Tory supporters polled said the same.

Chris Curtis, Political Research Manager at YouGov, said: “After a tough few months, these numbers will be encouraging for the government, as they finally seem to be striking the right tone with the public.

“The results show that support falls down party lines, with 60% of Conservatives thinking the new package gets the balance about right, compared to just 38% of Labour voters.

“This is not surprising considering that Tory voters are likely to have greater enthusiasm for an announcement coming from a Tory Prime Minister.

People shopping in Oxford Street, London (PA)

“But overall these announcements seem to have been well received amongst the public at large.

“This is a noticeable shift from when the government started loosening restrictions in mid-May, when more thought the government was moving too fast.”

Mr Johnson announced sweeping new changes to the lockdown from July 4, including allowing English hospitality businesses, hairdressers, galleries, museums and cinemas to reopen provided they follow safety rules.

Brits will also be allowed to have dinner parties inside, and stay overnight at other people’s houses among a range of other new freedoms, the Prime Minister said.