Headline results from the November 2010 survey:
- The majority of respondents were relatively sceptical of the performance of the UK economy and the financial situation of their households in the medium term, but more positive about performance over the longer term.
- Most respondents were of the view that the main way in which the budget deficit should be addressed was through efficiency savings, such that existing services are provided at lower cost, rather than cuts to services or higher taxes.
- A large majority thought that the plans to cut the deficit would impact most negatively on low-income households.
-To reduce the budget deficit, respondents considered cutting spending in broadcasting and aid to developing countries.
- Respondents were more concerned about the impact of climate change on people in poor countries and on the natural environment, rather than on themselves and other people in rich countries.
- To reduce their environmental impact, people engaged in, or were prepared to consider, wasting less food, using less bottled water, using reusable shopping bags and recycling paper, plastic and glass. They were less prepared to reduce meat consumption, use public transport more and/or their car less, purchase a smaller or more fuel efficient vehicle, and take holidays closer to home and/or fly less.
For an extended overview of the results as a PDF file click here.