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Unison: Personal Finances Poll

ComRes interviewed 2,034 GB adults online between 11th and 13th of June 2014. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. 

Date Published: 15 Jun 2014

Categories: Financial Services | Public and communities | Social | UK


Key Survey Findings

  • Seven in ten (69%) admit they are more careful now with costs when they do their food shopping than they were a year ago. Despite this, 23% say they run out of money between each pay day. And one in five (21%) say they are worried about not being able to afford food and the same proportion say they are worried about losing their job (21%). 


  • Just under half (45%) of adults surveyed say they have some kind of personal debts. This is higher for younger Britons with six in ten (58%) of those aged 18-34.


  • The majority of those in debt (68%) say they are not confident that they will be debt free in the next 12 months.


  • British adults are feeling the rise in the cost of living with three quarters (75%) saying the cost of energy bills has gone up in the last year. 76% said the same of food shopping and 52% public transport. 49% said the cost of filling up their car with petrol has gone up and a third (34%) said the same of cost of rent.  

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