NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) opinion survey phases 1 to 10 results

Date published: 29 April 2021

The sixth set of results from the NISRA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion survey were published today by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency. Interviews have been carried out with members of the public in the period 21 April 2020 to 3 April 2021.

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

Key findings

  • Of those interviewed in the period January - April 2021, 27% reported that they had received a vaccine for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Of those who had not, (91%) stated that they would be likely to have a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, whilst 9% stated they would be unlikely to do so.
  • In the period January – April 2021, some 28% had a high GHQ-12 score, which could indicate a possible mental health problem. This was significantly higher than the most recent figure published from the Health Survey Northern Ireland for 2019-20 which found that 19% of people had a high GHQ-12 score.
  • During the months of January – April 2021, people with school aged children in their household were asked about home schooling and remote learning. Some 72% of these people agreed that the child/children in their household were continuing to learn whilst being home schooled or receiving remote learning, while 18% disagreed.
  • The proportion of people, who expected the financial position of their household to get worse in the next 12 months, was highest at the beginning of the pandemic in the months of April – June 2020 (31%) but decreased to 18% in the months of January – March 2021.
  • The average (mean) wellbeing rating of people interviewed in the period April 2020-April 2021 for ‘life satisfaction’, feeling that things done in life are ‘worthwhile’ and ‘happiness’ were significantly lower than that reported by NISRA for the 2019/20 year, signifying poorer wellbeing in these measures.
  • Anxiety levels in the same period were also significantly higher than that reported by NISRA for 2019/20, which is indicative of poorer wellbeing in this measure.

Each chart in the report is also supported by an excel spreadsheet which provides confidence intervals for each estimate. Additional tables for other variables asked in Phases 1-10 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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