40% of people surveyed want to see second lockdown extended

This afternoon Boris Johnson looks set to announce England’s second lockdown will be lifted on December 2.

But 40% of people in Greater Manchester want to see it extended, a Manchester Evening News survey has found.

More than 9,000 people responded to the question ‘What would you like to see happen from December 2 when national lockdown is due to end?’.

And four in 10 replied by saying they’d like to see lockdown ‘extended nationally until infections are at a manageable level everywhere’.

But the second most popular answer – perhaps reflecting how divisive the covid restrictions have become – was at the opposite end of the scale.

More than one in four people replied ‘I’d like to see all restrictions lifted’.

However overall the majority of people we surveyed supported the continuation of restrictions in one form or another.

Mr Johnson will address the House of Commons at around 3.30pm on Monday when he is expected to say after December 2 more areas will be placed in higher tiers, while restrictions will be strengthened to protect the improvements gained during the current national lockdown.

That will please the 16% of people who said they’d like to see a ‘new, tougher version of the tier system in the areas where cases are increasing’ and the 11% of people who said they’d like ‘to see a return to the tier system in the areas where cases are increasing’.

Just 6% of the people surveyed said they’d like to see a ‘new, less-restrictive version of the tier system in the areas where cases are increasing’.

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