Almost three quarters of people in Scotland believe the Scottish Government has handled the coronavirus pandemic well, according to a new poll.

The study for BBC Scotland found that 72% of those questioned think it has done well and just 15% think it has handled the situation badly, while 12% say it has done neither well or badly and the remainder do not know.

A similar Ipsos Mori poll conducted in May found that 78% of respondents said the Scottish Government was doing well and 11% badly.

Meanwhile, only a quarter (25%) of the 1,037 Scottish adults questioned said they think the UK Government has handled the pandemic well, while more than half (55%) think it has done badly, the November poll found.

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Only 19% of those questioned said Prime Minister Boris Johnson has handled the crisis well, while 62% said he has handled it badly.

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Boris Johnson

However, almost three quarters (74%) of respondents believe First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has handled the pandemic well, while only 13% say she has done so badly.

This compares with a similar poll in May where 82% felt she was dealing with it well and just 8% felt she was handling the situation badly.

The research also found that 64% of people who voted No in the 2014 independence referendum believe the Scottish Government has handled the pandemic well, while more than two thirds (65%) say the same of Nicola Sturgeon.

In this group less than a third (31%) believe the UK Government has addressed the pandemic well, while just more than a quarter (26%) say the same of Boris Johnson.

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The Ipsos Mori poll was conducted by telephone between November 10 and 15.

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Nicola Sturgeon

The survey also asked people what they think about the coronavirus restrictions, with six in 10 (62%) saying they think the restrictions where they live have until now been “about right”.

Almost two in 10 (19%) think they are “too strict” while 17% think they are not strict enough.

However, almost half (49%) said they believe the Scottish Government was “too late” to tighten the coronavirus restrictions.

Just over four in 10 (42%) said they think the timing was about right, while 5% said that it was too early.