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Centre for Policy Studies – Housing Poll September 2018

A survey of 2,036 British adults on housing


  • Three in five British adults (63%) agree that property prices in their area have become too high, with just one in five saying that they disagree with this (19%)
  • Nearly half of British adults (48%) say that they would support more homes being built in their local area, with a similar proportion agreeing that while most of the countryside around England’s towns and cities should be protected, some ought to be used for new housing and other development (47%)
  • However, British adults are more likely to disagree than agree that green belt restrictions should be loosened for the least attractive land, with over four in ten disagreeing with this statement (42%) in comparison to three in ten who agree (32%)
  • A similar proportion disagree that green belt restrictions should be loosened around areas within a limited radius of existing infrastructure such as train stations (41%), with only three in ten agreeing (31%)
  • Around three in five British adults agree that they would be more likely to support development near them if their community received more of the benefits (63%), or if the quality of the new buildings matched the old (59%)
  • British adults are over twice as likely to agree than disagree that they would advise a newly married young couple today to buy a home rather than renting (62% vs 24%)

Date Published: 07/10/2018

Categories: GB | Infrastructure | Public and communities | Social

Client: Centre for Policy Studies


ComRes interviewed 2,036 British adults online between 26th and 27th September 2018. The data were weighted to be representative of all British adults and by past vote recall and likelihood to vote. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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