NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion Survey Phase 1 and Phase 2 Results

Date published: 27 August 2020

The second set of results from the NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) survey were published today by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency. These results are based on 1,785 interviews with members of the public carried out in the period 21 April to 23 July 2020.

Key findings

  • The survey found just over seven out of ten people (72%) said that they were worried about the effect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was having on their lives. However these levels of worry appear to be decreasing over time.
  • Over a quarter of people (26%) self-reported that they had been given ‘key worker’ status due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • Almost four out of ten people aged 45-64 (38%) expected the financial position of their household to get worse in the next 12 months. This was significantly higher than those aged 65 years and over (24%).
  • People with a longstanding illness reported significantly lower wellbeing averages for ‘life satisfaction’, ‘worthwhile’ and ‘happiness’ than those without a longstanding illness. The average ‘anxiety’ score is higher for those with a longstanding illness than those without.
  • The vast majority of people (80%) said they had avoided contact with older people or other vulnerable people in the seven days prior to interview because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The results show that this proportion decreased over time.

The results and associated tables are available on the NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion Survey webpage.

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