Britain has never felt more fearful or sad according to a survey that reveals a nation gripped by pessimism and despair. As the coronavirus pandemic shows little sign of slowing down while the impact on the economy accelerates, Britons are struggling to stay positive. In a report to be published on Tuesday by BritainThinks, more than two-thirds of respondents report feeling pessimistic about the UK. Compared with its last survey in June 2019, happiness has dropped and an “optimism inequality” has taken hold, with the most affluent able to afford a sunnier outlook compared with those from the most deprived backgrounds, who reported feeling the most bleak. More than 2,000 adults were surveyed and focus groups were conducted online from London, Bolsover and Glasgow at the end of September with a range of participants aged between 18 and 65. Pollster Deborah Mattinson said the findings were a stark indictment of a nation badly bruised by the handling of the virus: “When BritainThinks first ran this survey a year ago, I was taken aback by the depth of pessimism. This year, it’s even worse. Covid-19 has cast a dark cloud on an already dispirited nation, but now it’s personal. “People can… Read full this story
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