The unprecedented events of this year have, perhaps unsurprisingly, had an impact on the public’s perception of how much the Government uses the evidence presented to it. In a year where we’ve seen and heard more from the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser than most of us ever have before, the belief that the Government pays enough attention to evidence is up eight percentage points from 2019.
Britons have made significant sacrifices in the name of getting through this pandemic and have overwhelmingly met the restrictions placed on them by the Government. In turn, they expect their leaders to be not only decisive, but open and transparent about the plans so they can understand them. With news about potential vaccine breakthroughs, there is a faint glimmer at the end of the tunnel – but we are not there yet. There will be many complicated decisions to be made. But one thing is clear, we want them made openly.