How Londoners and Parisians saw their cities on the eve of the pandemic

New Ipsos MORI polling with King's College London's Policy Institute and Universite de Paris reveals the attitudes and views of Parisians and Londoners on the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Ben Page Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI
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At the end of 2019 King’s College London and Ipsos MORI conducted a poll of residents of London and Paris to understand how attitudes, hopes and fears vary between the two global cities. We surveyed 1,010 residents of the city of Paris and its suburbs and 1,000 residents of Greater London aged 18 to 74, online, between 29 November and 4 December 2019.

The survey revealed areas where their citizens have more in common:

  1. The high cost of living, access to housing and air quality are among the biggest issues for Londoners and Parisians
  2. Both cities expressed high levels of concern about climate change and poor air quality
  3. Londoners and Parisians agreed Paris was a better city for affordable housing and weather, while London was cleaner, better for jobs and had friendlier people.

But it also highlighted key areas of difference:

  1. Londoners were significantly more satisfied than Parisians with their public transport network
  2. But Parisians were less than half as likely to feel that levels of crime in their city had increased in the last five years
  3. Citizens disagreed on which city was better for culture, transport and food, with Londoners backing London and Parisians supporting Paris.

Technical note

Ipsos MORI surveyed 1,010 residents of the city of Paris and its suburbs and 1,000 residents of Greater London aged 18 to 74, online, between 29 November and 4 December 2019. Both samples were split, with 500 participants in Paris residing within the City itself and 510 from suburbs in the surrounding departments. In London, 426 participants were from inner London Boroughs and 574 were from outer Boroughs. Samples were weighted to match the population profile of each areas.

The author(s)

  • Ben Page Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI

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