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Centre for Cities Urban vs. Rural polling

Public survey exploring attitudes towards current affairs among rural and urban residents in Great Britain.

  • Three in five (61%) British adults think that local government should be involved in making decisions about how local public services are run in their area, compared to 30% who say the same for national government.
  • Nine in ten (89%) British adults see healthcare professionals as trustworthy, while just one in five say the same for national politicians (23%) and journalists (22%).
  • Two thirds (67%) of British adults say that they are concerned about young people in their local area being able to afford to buy a home, with residents of Primary Urban Areas (PUAs) significantly more likely than non-PUA residents to say that there are not enough homes currently being built to meet local demand (50% vs. 38%).

Date Published: 16/07/2018

Categories: GB | Infrastructure | Politics | Public and communities | Social

Client: Centre for Cities


ComRes surveyed 2,046 adults in Great Britain aged 18+ online between 18-20th May 2018. Respondents were categorised into those living inside and outside Primary Urban Areas (PUAs). Data from PUA and non-PUA residents were each weighted separately to be representative of adults aged 18+ in those areas by age, gender, region and social grade. The overall sample was then weighted to be representative of the split between PUA and non-PUA residents overall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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