People think the Welsh Government has handled coronavirus better than the UK Government

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People in Wales overwhelmingly think that Mark Drakeford and the Welsh Government have done a better job of tackling coronavirus than Boris Johnson and the UK Government.

These findings come from a YouGov poll commissioned by WalesOnline and show that the Welsh Government is widely seen to have handled the crisis well.

People in almost every demographic, region of Wales, social grade and age bracket have a higher rating of Wales’ response to the pandemic than the UK’s.

Twice as many, 14% think Mark Drakeford has handled the pandemic very well as think Boris Johnson has handled it very well, 7%.

The graph below shows comparison between the First Minister and the Prime Minister:

The headline figures for this poll are based on treating the people who answered Very well and Fairly well as being favourable and those who answered Fairly badly or Very badly as being unfavourable.

Some 54% of people thought Mark Drakeford has handled coronavirus well compared to 36% for Boris Johnson. A total of 37% thought the First Minister had handled it badly compared to 59% for the Prime Minister. The rest responded “don’t know”.

The perceived gap between the effectiveness of the responses of the administrations in Cardiff Bay and Westminster was even starker.

The graph below shows comparison between the respective Governments:

This means that 60% of people thought the Welsh Government has handled it well compared to 39% for Westminster. A total of 33% thought the administration at Cardiff Bay has handled it badly compared to 55% for Downing Street.

This is also interesting because respondents thought both Boris Johnson and Mark Drakeford had handled the crisis less well than the governments they lead.

There were other key things that can be drawn from the responses.

These key points include:

  • Conservative voters were far more inclined to say that Mark Drakeford has done a good job at tackling Covid than Labour voters were to say the same about Boris Johnson. Of people who voted Tory in the last general election, 54% said Drakeford had handled the crisis well whereas only 13% of Labour voters thought the Prime Minister had.

  • The support for the First Minister was seen across the political spectrum with 71% of Plaid Cymru voters believing he had handled the crisis well. This is slightly more than Labour voters (68%).

There was also differences in terms of the age with the approval of both Government’s responses increasing the older respondents were.

This perhaps reflects the fact younger people are less likely to have secure employment and are more likely to use certain parts of the hospitality sector. Young people in smaller flats or shared houses may also have found lockdown more difficult than couples or families living in houses with gardens.

People in south Wales also have the least favourable view of how either government has handled the pandemic compared to people in the north who are more favourable.

Our St David’s Day poll from YouGov covers issues including Brexit, this year’s Senedd elections, independence for Wales and coroanvirus.

Our political writers have also analysed some of the poll findings.



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