In some ways, this is astonishing. Around a third of English respondents, presumably based only on short inserts in the UK news about what is happening in Scotland and featuring Nicola Sturgeon, feel Scotland is handling the outbreak better. The attempts by Sarah Smith and Ian Murray, to tell a very different story in those same broadcasts, have been ineffective.

The survey was based on 2 883 GB adults surveyed on May 29th. The Scottish sub-sample will have been around 8% or 230. Even if they all selected Scotland as having done better, a further 36% of mainly English respondents must have agreed.