Most people believe ‘strangers’ are less likely to comply with lockdown rules

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Most people believe that they are sticking to lockdown rules while others, particularly strangers, are more likely to be flouting them, according to a study.

Researchers at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, revealed the gulf in perceptions of how the Covid-19 restrictions are being obeyed.

When asked to rate how well they had complied with the first lockdown on a five-point scale, the average was 4.49. This compared to only 2.40 when asked to indicate how well they felt the general population had complied with lockdown regulations.

Dr Rob Inkpen, reader in geography, said: “Participants believe they had been significantly more compliant than others in the UK general population.

“Those furthest from the respondents’ own social environment were seen to be the least compliant.

“Family was seen as most compliant, followed by friends, people in their neighbourhood, and finally people in the UK general population.

“This latter group were perceived as not being compliant with the lockdown regulations.”

The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, found the restriction that was most obeyed was to not attend social gatherings.

Social distancing was the restriction least complied with which the researchers concluded was because of the difficulty of practising social distancing in some circumstances.

Researcher Camille Ilett said: “Those with high compliance scores were more likely to report problems with adherence to the rules, whereas respondents with lower scores were less likely to believe there had been problems.”

The study also suggested that women reported higher levels of compliance and willingness to obey the rules under any future lockdowns.

Older age groups tended to perceive the general UK population as more compliant, compared to younger age groups who rated the general UK population as being less compliant, with participants aged between 25 and 45, and 55 and 64 most likely to report low levels of compliance.

People who reported feeling anxious about the virus were also more likely to report following lockdown rules and perceive the UK population as not following the rules to the same standard.

Key workers, who have more interaction with the general public, also perceived the general UK population and their local area to be less compliant, and were less likely to predict that people would comply well with regulations in a further lockdown.

Also, those who reported they fully complied with lockdown restrictions were more likely to have a positive perception of the police in being “fair and transparent” in enforcing Covid-19 restrictions.

Dr Sarah Charman, reader in criminology, said: “Those responding with low compliance scores may feel a disregard for authority or the belief that the restrictions are unnecessary.”



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