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Pandemic has us re-evaluating our lives, RTÉ survey shows


Stock picture: AFP via Getty Images

Stock picture: AFP via Getty Images

Stock picture: AFP via Getty Images

The Covid-19 crisis has led 57pc of people to say they are re-evaluating what they are doing with their lives since the pandemic took hold in March.

The nationally representative survey, undertaken by Behaviour and Attitudes on behalf of RTÉ, examined how people across the country have adapted since the start of the crisis.

It asked people from 12 years of age and upwards about their outlook in areas such as mental and physical health, the economy, finances, family and going back to work and school.

A focus on mental health and a desire for change in our lives were strong themes that came out in the results of the survey of 1,345 people.

A total of 33pc said their mental health has suffered in the last six months.

The results also showed that some positives came out of the lockdown, with 90pc of teenagers saying they now valued family life more.

Looking to the future, the survey asked if people would take the first publicly available EU-approved vaccine for Covid-19; 56pc said they would be likely to take the vaccine, 32pc said they would be unlikely to take the vaccine, while 12pc said they didn't know.

The Next Normal, a special programme presented by ­Miriam O'Callaghan and Mark Coughlan, will unveil the research tonight on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.

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