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Britons ignore back to work plea as they are better off in lockdown, survey finds

The poll also revealed on average people have more money in their pockets than when the lockdown started with public-sector workers gaining the most. A total of 46 per cent of public sector workers are better off under lockdown, 30 percent have noticed no difference and 23 percent have found themselves worse off.

It means a total of 76 percent – more than three quarters – of those in the public sector are either no worse off or are better off.

In contrast, just 29 percent are better off in the private sector and 38 percent are worse off, according to the poll.

A total of 35 per cent of OAPs say they have more money under lockdown, 53 percent say it has made no difference and 12 percent are worse off.

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People are enjoying being off work, a poll has found (Image: PA)

The survey by JL Partners for the Daily Mail is bad news for Boris Johnson who is desperate to breathe new life into the struggling UK economy.

The survey suggested people are aware of the pandemic's impact on the economy with 41 percent believing it will take at least three years to recover.

But it found people are happy to be off work and there is more support for re-opening pubs and restaurants than getting children back to school.

A total of 43 percent say they have enjoyed being at home more, with just 25 per cent not enjoying it.

And 53 percent felt lockdown was being eased too fast while only 11 percent insist it is too slow.

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Many fear lockdown restrictions are being lifted to quickly (Image: PA)

The poll suggested the crisis had found an unlikely hero in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s multi-billion-pound pandemic rescue package which includes paying furloughs of up to 80 percent to laid-off workers until October.

Few Britons believe the economy will bounce back quickly. Only 6 percent say it will revive in 12 months and 41 per cent say it will take at least three years.

The survey also reveals how the lockdown has affected family life.

It found 22 percent said they are getting on better with their spouses, while 9 percent said relations had deteriorated.

But 17 per cent reveal their love life had gone down hill with only 13 per cent saying it has improved.

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Twenty-one per cent of parents say their relationship with their children has improved, and 6 per cent reveal it has become worse.

Tory voters are keener to get back to normal – 45 per centof Conservatives say the pace of easing the lockdown is "about right" while 10 percent say it is "too slow".

JL Partners interviewed 2,053 people in Britain online between Wednesday and yesterday.

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