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The Dominic Cummings episode has gripped the public in a way we’ve never seen before

There has been much speculation about whether Dominic Cummings’ lockdown travels represent a turning point for the government or whether this is just another ‘Westminster bubble’ affair. Our latest polling shows that, for a political story of its kind, the cut-through among the public has been unprecedented. Populus asks the country each week to name […]

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The new normal in lockdown

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has turned everyone’s lives upside down. Our households have transformed into our offices, homes and gyms all rolled into one. Weekly catch ups in the boardroom have become Zoom chats with partners, pets and children wandering around in the background. Daily gym workouts have been taken over by PE […]

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Pandemic news continues to dominate

Coronavirus continues to dominate the news like nothing else. The share of attention it has received in every one of the past eight weeks would have been enough to beat previous records, according to new polling by Populus. This unprecedented level of attention appears to be tailing off slightly, but partly this is just a […]

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Populus Parliamentary Concern Tracker: March and April 2020

In March and April – immediately prior to and then following the introduction of the UK’s coronavirus restrictions – Populus surveyed 90 MPs in the latest wave of Populus’s regular parliamentary research. The research – conducted while MPs adapted to the impact of restrictions on their own work as well as their constituents – is […]

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Attitude toward the Government’s response to the Coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus drives approval towards the Government The Government’s approval rating became positive for the first time in almost a decade in late March as Boris Johnson announced restrictive measures to combat the spread of Covid-19. The last time the government was more approved than disapproved of by the British public was during the Coalition government’s […]

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The ‘corona effect’ on Populus’s MP Panel

The latest MP Panel uncovers a representative sample of MPs about their predictions for the year ahead. MPs were asked to give their predictions in January, and results came through before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The following is what MPs predicted would happen before the end of 2020: The majority of MPs (83%) […]

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Coronavirus: the public are already judging the saints and the sinners

Caught as we are in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, it is difficult to discern how society will change, or not, once the cards have fallen. But we can say with confidence that a long shadow will be cast over the operating environment of the corporate world. That is because we have never seen […]

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The record breaking level of attention paid to coronavirus

Populus has been tracking which stories the public pay attention to for the past seven years. The coronavirus has reached a level of near-universal focus that no other event has managed. For the past two weeks, 98 per cent of respondents to the poll mentioned coronavirus spontaneously as the story they had paid most attention […]

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Life on the Loo

As many of us do on a daily basis, sometimes we just need 10 minutes to step away from whatever we might be doing and find some peace and quiet. Some people might do this by taking a walk, others might do some meditation, but Populus has found that a surprising number of people will […]

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Coronavirus is the only story in town

The coronavirus has dominated public attention throughout February, according to the latest polling by Populus, to such an extent that Downing Street’s strategy of lying low on the issue so far may no longer be viable. Last week, no less than 76 per cent of the public said that the spread of the virus was […]

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Is Brexit becoming old news?

January was a huge news month and one that underscored how unusual the domination of Brexit over public discourse has been in the past couple of years. Populus’s weekly polling series tracks the stories the public are noticing and it shows a state of affairs we haven’t seen since 2018: a country absorbed by several […]

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