The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) asked Ipsos MORI to explore how the public feel about the UK’s strategic approach to infrastructure challenges over the next ten to thirty years, in order to inform the National Infrastructure Assessment in 2018, and the wider work of the NIC. The research used a mixed method approach, collecting findings from eight workshops across England and a representative online survey of people across the UK.
It covered a broad range of infrastructure topics to present the public’s perception of the UK’s approach to: waste, digital communications, water, flooding energy and transport.
Almost eight in ten (78%) Britons agreed that
the UK is at a turning point; it needs to have a long-term vision for infrastructure, and the confidence to invest in it, to ensure the UK continues to be a good place to live and work.
However, the cost to individuals was also an important consideration, with participants wanting to ensure the cost for future infrastructure did not fall disproportionately on individuals and was, instead, shared among government, manufacturers and other private companies, as well as customers and tax payers.
Protecting the environment was also seen as a priority and an essential part of future-proofing the UK for participants who considered it vital to protect the UK’s natural assets from threats such as climate change and increasing pollution levels.
Quantitative research was conducted via a nationally representative online survey, between 3 March to 26 March 2018. The survey comprised responses from n= 2,238 adults (18+), though on any filtered questions the base size can be lower and any particularly low, should be treated with appropriate caution. Findings were weighted by location, age, gender, and social class to ensure they were nationally representative, but results are subject to statistical tolerance, where indicatively speaking, the margin of error for the survey is =/- 5 percentage points, though this assumes a perfect random sample.