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BBC Breakfast High Street Poll

  • Two  in  five  (42%)  British  adults  say their  local  high  street has  stayed  about the same  over the last  year,  while  a  quarter  (23%)  think  it  has  improved  and  a  third  (33%)  say  it  has  got worse.
  • Half (51%) of British  adults  say they visit  their  local  high  street every week,  more  than  the three in ten (29%) who visit a large shopping centre every week.
  • Having more independent shops (69%) and free parking (59%) make a local high street more appealing than having more large chain stores (38%) and more restaurants/cafés (28%).
  • Eight  in  ten  (83%)  British  adults  believe  their  local  high  street  is  an  important  part  of  the community while three in five (60%) believe large out of town shopping centres are bad for their local high street.

Date Published: 15/12/2014

Client: BBC


ComRes interviewed 1,001 GB adults aged 18+ by telephone between 29th and 31st August 2014. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+.

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