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SURVEY DATA | Attitudes to inequalities during the COVID-19 pandemic

posted on 2024-02-15, 16:54 authored by Bobby Duffy, Kirstie HewlettKirstie Hewlett, Rachel Hesketh, Rebecca BensonRebecca Benson

The survey was fielded online by YouGov in November 2020. The questionnaire covers a range of topics, including:

  • Beliefs about whether Britain was an equal or unequal society before the COVID-19 outbreak and whether this will change post-recovery
  • Perceptions of whether inequalities are increasing or decreasing
  • Concern about a range of specific inequality types, including unequal outcomes in income and wealth, education and health, and between different genders, generations, racial or ethnic groups, and different areas of the UK
  • Identifying the groups most negatively affected by the pandemic
  • Perceptions of income distributions, and their association with other forms of unequal outcomes (eg in health)
  • Beliefs about the determinants of unequal outcomes and opportunities to get ahead in life
  • Attitudes towards welfare, redistribution and the furlough scheme
  • Beliefs around fairness and merit

The survey also contains a series of split samples, testing framing effects of questions around perceptions of inequalities, redistribution and fairness, as well as the Moral Foundations Questionnaire.


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Temporal coverage

November 2020

Geospatial coverage

Great Britain

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Collection method

YouGov Online Panel



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