More young people are concerned about the impact of Brexit than about coronavirus catch, according to a study.
Just over two fifths (42%) of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 said they were stressed about Brexit, compared to around a third (32%) who are concerned about Covid-19, according to a recent UCL survey catch.
The difference could be due to young people being more likely to vote to stay in the EU, as well as perceptions in the age group that they are less at risk for coronavirus, according to the main study author.
The survey found that 22% of young people are worried about developing seriously coronavirus, compared to 33% of all adults.
For all adults, three in ten (30%) said they felt stressed about Brexit, and more than a third (38%) said they were concerned about the Covid-19 catch.
The numbers are based on the results of a survey of 39,000 respondents, including 1,533 aged 18 to 29, between December 23 and February 7 as part of UCL’s long-term Covid-19 social study.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Daisy Fancourt said: “In the 2016 Brexit referendum, a greater proportion of younger people voted to stay than to leave. They have a greater impact on younger people.
Dr. Fancourt added, “There is also a perception among younger people that they are at lower risk for Covid-19 and that they are unlikely to get seriously ill even if they contract the disease.
“On the other hand, older people are less likely to have been affected by the new regulations since the end of the Brexit transition period, but they are at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19, which leads to greater stress when contracting it the disease leads and less worries about Brexit. “
The results also reflect the Brexit divide between nations, with 8% of respondents in England and Wales saying that leaving the EU is “a lot of stress”, compared with 14% in Scotland.
There are initial signs that the stress level will decrease in Brexit for all adults, according to the study.
Those with household incomes above £ 30,000 also reported higher levels of stress during Brexit than those on lower incomes and were more concerned about getting coronavirus and getting seriously ill.
About 10% of those with higher incomes said they were concerned about the catch of Covid-19 compared to 15% of those with lower incomes.
The current lockdown has also had a bigger impact on people’s lives than the spring 2020 restrictions, with nearly a quarter of adults saying their life is “completely different” than usual, compared to 18% in 2020 – with younger people are most affected.
Despite these upheavals, the survey assumes that regulatory compliance has reached its highest level since May 2020. 96% of respondents say that the majority of the rules are followed, and 60% say that the rules are fully followed.