NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion Survey October – December 2021 Results

Date published: 17 February 2022

The latest set of results from the NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion survey were published today by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency.

The main report and findings are available on the NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion Survey page.

Key findings

  • Overall, 6% of people aged 16 years and over interviewed in October – December 2021 said that they had experienced symptoms of Long COVID.
  • Half of people (50%) interviewed in the period October – December 2021 said that they supported the easing of restrictions by the Northern Ireland Executive, whilst 30% did not.
  • Approximately half of people interviewed in the period October - December 2021 (54%) said that they were worried about the effect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was having on their lives. This finding has remained consistent over the last nine months.
  • An increasing proportion of people are reporting that they feel life will never return to normal. Over one in five people (21%) interviewed in the October - December 2021 period felt that life would never return to normal, a significantly higher figure than that reported in April - June 2021 (10%) and July – September (16%).
  • Amongst those interviewed during the months of October - December 2021, the vast majority of people (89%) felt that wearing a face covering was still important in slowing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Each chart in the report is also supported by an excel spreadsheet which provides confidence intervals for each estimate. Additional tables for all variables asked from April 2021 have been also been published in this release, where validated data is of a sufficient quality to release. A visual representation of these findings can also be found on the NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion Survey webpage.

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