We love rolling up our sleeves and taking the pulse of the nation through our weekly public opinion polling. But we also do some exclusive polling for media partners and, in February 2023, our work hit national headlines several times. Here are some of our highlights:
24th February – Byline Times
We ran a poll for Byline Times asking whether voters would prefer to leave the UK. Our poll found that around half of all British people would choose to leave the UK and move themselves and their families to another country, if given the opportunity to do so.
45% of all respondents said they would take up the opportunity to leave, compared to just 35% who said they wouldn’t.
Once ‘don’t knows’ were excluded, 56% of all respondents said they would emigrate away from Britain if given the chance.
21st February – Byline Times
Byline Times also commissioned us to ask voters whether they thought Boris Johnson should continue to have a major role in national politics – or focus on serving his constituents.
By a large margin – 61% – voters think that he should focus on his job as Uxbridge MP. Just 21% think he should still have a major national role.
Only 31% of Conservative voters say Johnson should continue to have a major role in national politics. These results suggest that even the Conservative base is losing faith in the former PM.
The only party’s voters who feel that Johnson should still retain a major national role was Reform UK, with 55% of their voters supporting his continued political ambitions.
20th February – The Guardian
We were commissioned by The Guardian to get voter views on wood burners. Our results revealed a significant majority of people in London supported the banning of wood burners, which are the single biggest source of tiny air pollution particles in Britain.
An exclusive poll for the Guardian indicates that 67% of Londoners backed a ban, with 17% opposed and 16% saying they did not know. Across Britain, 44% supported a wood burner ban, with 36% opposed.
Click here for the full story: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/feb/20/wood-burners-urban-air-pollution-londoners-support-ban
12th February – Byline Times
We were asked by Byline Times to find out what voters thought on the future of BBC Chairman Richard Sharp following revelations about his role in helping arrange a huge load for former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
58% of the British public believe he should resign as Chairman, compared to just 18% who said he should remain in post.
1st February – Byline Times
At the start of February, we were commissioned by Byline Times to ask voters about policing following revelations that a serving Metropolitan Police officer is one of the UK’s most prolific sex offenders.
David Carrick pleaded guilty to 85 serious offences including 48 rapes of women over a period spanning nearly two decades.
Responding to the question “has the case of the police officer, David Carrick, who recently pleaded guilty to multiple counts of rape, changed how confident you would feel reporting a crime to the police”, 47% of women surveyed by pollsters Omnisis said “yes”.
More than half of young people (18 to 24 year olds) said that the case had changed how confident they would feel reporting a crime to the police, with 42% of 25 to 34 and 35 to 44 year olds reporting the same.
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