Poll finds strong Welsh support for lockdown restrictions

The poll puts support for the lockdown restrictions at 80%.

The latest Welsh Barometer opinion poll for ITV Cymru Wales shows overwhelming public support for the coronavirus lockdown restrictions introduced by the Welsh Government just before Christmas.

Asked if they supported or opposed the measures, 80% of Welsh voters questioned said they supported them. Just 11% were opposed and 9% said they were neither in favour nor against, or simply didn't know.

Even measures that were only narrowly backed by the Welsh public during the autumn "firebreak" lockdown are now much more popular, as the NHS battles against a new, more infectious, variant of Covid-19.

Banning households meeting up out of doors was considered excessive by many back in the autumn, when 43% were in favour but 39% against (the rest didn't know). This time 61% support the ban on outdoor meetings, with only 24% against.

Support for closing non-essential shops has gone from 49% to 69%, with opposition dropping from 35% to 19%.

There'll be more about the poll on Wales at Six tonight on ITV Cymru Wales, including a look at how people feel about schools being closed to most pupils.

And for tonight's Sharp End at 10.45pm, Rob Osborne has been finding out what people in Aberdare think about the UK and Welsh Governments' handling of the pandemic and whether this year's Senedd elections should go ahead.

  • The Welsh Political Barometer poll, for ITV Cymru Wales and Cardiff University, had a sample of 1,018 Welsh voters aged 16+. It was carried out online by YouGov from 11-14 January 2021.