Four out of five people ‘impressed’ by NHS during coronavirus crisis – poll

The poll found an overwhelming majority were impressed with the NHS during the pandemic (Image: Getty Images)

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Four out of five people have been “impressed” by the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic, a poll revealed tonight.

The survey of 2,013 voters found they overwhelmingly backed the health service as the crisis gripped the country.

Some 68% were impressed with their own friends and family as the nation fought Covid-19.

Sixty-three per cent of those quizzed were impressed with local businesses and 53% with neighbours and their local community.

The study, carried out after the second national lockdown began earlier this month, found more than three out of five people agreed that “despite the Covid-19 pandemic, we will still find ways to share the true spirit of Christmas with friends, family, and neighbours this year”.

But just 24% were impressed by the Government, according to the ICM poll for Talk/together, which styles itself as “the UK’s biggest-ever public conversation on what unites and divides our society”.

People were full of praise for the health service
(Image: Getty Images)

But they were less impressed with the Government's performance
(Image: via REUTERS)

Survey coordinator Jill Rutter, of the British Future think tank, said: “Acts of kindness and connection from neighbours have helped people to get through this pandemic.

“For some it’s sparked a sense of community that wasn’t there before, which they want to keep – that’s come up in every Talk/together discussion, all over the UK.

“There’s been disappointment and confusion about how the UK government has handled the crisis.

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“Reports of rule-breaking, with some groups pointing figures at others, have undermined people’s sense of national unity.

“Instead, we’ve relied on those closer to home – from local businesses to friends and neighbours.”

Talk/together is coordinated by the Together Coalition, a campaign aiming “to build a more connected society”.

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