Yorkshire folk think ‘Lockdown 2’ should have happened sooner

The majority of people in Yorkshire support the national lockdown, and they think it should have happened sooner.

However, despite this support, most people aren’t keen on it going on longer than a month.

Based on 101 responses on Yorkshire Live, 65% of respondents said they were in favour of the national lockdown that began on November 5.

A similar proportion, 76%, said they think the lockdown should have started earlier.

These figures compare to 67% of people surveyed across national and regional news sites in England who supported lockdown, and 71% who felt it should have started earlier.

A majority (62%) of people said they didn’t think West Yorkshire should have been placed into Tier 3 first.

However, while the majority in Yorkshire are in favour of lockdown, just over half (53%) said they don’t think it should go on for more than a month.

That compares to 56% nationally.

The current plan is for the restrictions to end on December 2.

Those who thought the lockdown should have started sooner were more likely to say they think it should go on longer than a month (57%).

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In comparison, only 13% of those who didn’t think lockdown should have started sooner say it should now go on longer.

While the government decided that schools and universities should remain open during the four week lockdown (unlike in March), respondents disagreed.

Nearly two-thirds (63%) said these should have shut too. That compares to 64% across England as a whole.

Of those who responded to the survey, three in five (62%) said lockdown wouldn’t reduce their income, compared to 38% who said it would. Nationally, 38% of people expected their income to be affected.

While those who said they would not be impacted were more likely to support the lockdown (68%), even among those whose income would be hit, a majority still support the restrictions (61%).

However, those who would see their income reduced were slightly more likely to favour a longer lockdown, at 42%, compared to 49% who were unaffected.

YorkshireLive – Halifax