Ipsos MORI conducted research among the general public for the Airfields Environment Trust (AET) in order to establish the mood among the British public regarding air travel and its impact on the environment. The research also examines the potential acceptability of an increase in tax on air travel. Results show:
- When introduced to the survey with projections about climate change, the public favour slowing down the growth in air travel, with support outweighing opposition by three to one.
- A policy aimed at slowing down the growth in air travel attracts more support than opposition whether or not people are read projections about climate change up front.
- By a ratio of six to one the public think that protecting the environment should be given priority over economic growth in the air travel industry.
- On balance the public support doubling the air passenger duty -- including among those who fly frequently.
Report and topline results pdf, 410KB
The Ipsos MORI survey comprised in-home face-to-face interviews with 2,050 adults aged 15+ throughout Great Britain, with 1,001 interviews conducted using one version of the questionnaire containing background text about the relationship between aviation and climate change, and 1,049 conducted using a second version without this information. The sample is nationally representative, and interviews were conducted in 195 sampling points between 8-12 June 2006. Results are weighted to the GB population profile in terms of gender, age, Government Office Region (GOR) & work status.