COVID-19 Scotland Wave 4: Key Findings

Wave 4 sample size was 2,052 adults across Scotland. Data was collected by YouGov on 22nd-29th May 2020. 

In general, while the extent of coping well is improving among the population, it appears that inequality groups are at greater risk of experiencing poor, and in some cases, deteriorating mental health. 

  • In general, the trend of the proportion of people reporting being anxious in the last two weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is downwards since the first survey carried out in mid-March, having fallen from 64% to 54%. Although most negative emotions starting to drop, and people have become more hopeful, loneliness figures are not dropping as fast as others: 

  • A higher proportion of people with long-term health conditions (59%), single parents (63%), those aged 25-34 (65%), and women (63%) reported having been anxious/worried compared to the overall adult population (54%). 
  • Higher proportions of young people age 18-24 (41%) and single parents (33%) report having been lonely in the previous two weeks than the adult population overall (26%). 

  • Higher proportions of young people age 18-24 (26%), age 25-34 (27%), and single parents (24%) report feeling hopeless in the previous two weeks than the overall adult population (17%) 

  • A higher proportion of people with a mental health diagnosis (27%), a long-term health condition (25%) and unemployed people (23%) are not coping well compared to the population overall (13%): 

  • The proportion of people reporting financial concerns was much higher for unemployed (54%), single parents (45%) than for the overall adult population (29%).