When it comes to following Covid-19 restrictions almost everyone thinks they are doing better than average, according to figures released by the ESRI.

The Social Activity Measure - an anonymous, interactive online survey of 1,000 adults - found that 97% of respondents believed their behaviour was as careful or more careful than average.

84% of people believed they were following recommendations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 better than others.

Just over half of those surveyed had not met anyone from outside their household in the previous two days.

Around a quarter of people had met one or two others from different households in the preceding two days and 8% had met seven or more people.

Nearly one in five people had a close contact - more than 15 minutes within 2 metres or 2 hours indoors without good ventilation - with a person from outside their household the previous day.

Most of these close contacts happened in workplaces, and the majority involved essential workers.

Around 7% of those surveyed said they had a close contact while someone visited their home or they visited someone else's homes.

Of that group who had a close contact while visiting, 94% felt their behaviour was as good as or better than average.

The survey also found that a majority of people (73%) remain very worried about the coronavirus, and 79% felt preventing the spread of the disease was more important than the burden of the restrictions.

10% felt the opposite and 11% judged both to be equally important.

The founder of the ESRI's Behavioural Research Unit has said the research shows people are finding Covid-19 restrictions increasingly frustrating and boring but the overwhelming majority of people are sticking with it.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Professor Pete Lunn said that people know they need to endure this period of restrictions in order to drive down transmission of Covid-19 and protect lives.

Prof Lunn said we tend to be too optimistic when we compare ourselves with other people and also tend to overestimate what other people are doing.