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Independent Age Loneliness Poll

A survey of British adults about their experiences of loneliness and conversations with older/younger people.

–   The majority of British adults (94%) say that they have a social conversation with someone that lasts more than 5 minutes every day, or almost every day

–      Three in five adults aged 65+ (60%) agree that they have stopped doing as much as they used to because of older age

–      Around a third of adults aged 65+ (35%) agree that they feel lonelier now than they did when they were younger

–      A quarter of adults (26%) say that being on their own at special occasions is most likely to trigger feelings of loneliness for them

–      More than half of adults aged 65+ say that they have a social conversation with someone who is at least 25 years younger than them daily or most days (54%), while 45% of 18-64 year olds say this of someone 25 years older than them

Date Published: 16/11/2016

Categories: GB | Public and communities | Social | Third Sector


ComRes interviewed 1,014 GB adults by telephone, including a booster to reach 100 interviews with adults aged 75+, between 27th and 31st October 2016. Data were weighted by age, gender, region and socio-economic grade to be representative of the population as a whole. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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