A majority of people believe that the Government should introduce further restrictions to control the spread of Covid-19 according to the latest Public Opinion Tracking Research conducted on behalf of the Department of Health by Amárach Research.

According to the tracker poll, which was conducted on Monday this week, 61% of adults think the Government should do more.

This is the highest percentage of people in favour of further Covid-19 restrictions since the pandemic began at the end of February.

Only one person in four now thinks no further restrictions should be introduced according to the tracker poll.

This latest poll was taken exactly one week after the Government rejected the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team to move the entire country immediately up to Level 5 restrictions from Level 2 in to suppress the virus.

The Government's decision to reject the NPHET advice coincided with the highest level of anger express in the Tracker Poll since it started in March with almost one in five reporting that they were angry about the situation while the numbers saying they were fearful we were back up to levels last seen in April.

Over half (51%) of those surveyed said they thought the Government is not doing enough to contain the virus. 

This is the highest level of dissatisfaction with the Government's response since the start of the pandemic in Ireland.

Just 42% of people think the current reaction of the Government is appropriate, the lowest level to date.

The Tracker Poll also indicates that the levels of worry and frustration about the virus among the public are now back to levels last seen in April at the height of the first wave of infections. Meanwhile, the levels of anxiety and stress among the public are now as high as they ever have been according to the findings.

The Amárach Tracker Poll was conducted on Monday this week with a representative sample of 1,790 adults.


Read more coronavirus stories