Britons generally less optimistic

By Natalie Hensel

Britons are feeling less optimistic, according to a survey by YouGov.

With the ongoing cost of living crisis, war in Ukraine and the Covid pandemic not being left behind yet, people said to be nine per cent less optimistic compared to March 2021. 

Worries about the national economy have taken the lead over health issues, as inflation and disruptions due to the war in Europe have affected the people in the UK. 

Additionally, disapproval with the current government has increased by 10 per cent in the last year, leaving only 24 per cent agreeing with the ongoing policy making. 

In his Spring Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced a 5p per litre reduction in fuel duty, raised the threshold for National Insurance, and promised for 2024 to cut income tax. 

However, Britons do not feel that those changes are enough. 42 per cent of people asked in a YouGov poll stated that they do not think that it will benefit themselves and others like them very much. Especially the age group of 65+ seems rather pessimistic about the announcements. 

Since the start of the Ukraine war four weeks ago, the people living in the UK feel that the government is not doing enough to help refugees, particularly stating they are doing less than other European countries. Only 10 per cent are proud of the UK’s efforts. 

With the Homes for Ukraine scheme starting off as refugees start arriving in the UK, people are still in favour of making it easier for refugees to enter the country if they already have family here but less so if they come on their own.