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What do the polls tell Johnson? His response to Covid-19 is losing public buy-in

Support for the government’s response is far from unconditional

By Peter Kellner  

Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

Politico reports that Downing Street has commissioned private polls to track the public mood through the coronavirus crisis. What are they telling Boris Johnson? The separate, published, surveys that have been conducted suggest something like the analysis below. It is worth delving into the numbers for they show how and why ministers are losing the overwhelming public backing they enjoyed just seven weeks ago.

The public strongly backed the lockdown when it was introduced. During the week when it came into effect, fully 96 per…

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