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No 10 is misreading the polls on lockdown

Public opinion does not lie where the government suspects it does

By Peter Kellner  

Photo; Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

To the list of government failures in tackling the pandemic, one more must now be added. Ministers are misreading the state of public opinion and risk making a bad situation worse.

It has been widely reported and not seriously denied that Boris Johnson is nervous about relaxing the lockdown because most voters oppose the idea. We are told that the regular private polls commissioned by his office make that opposition terrifyingly clear.

I have not seen any of that data. But while private polls…

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