MPs and public sense 'housing crisis', but less so locally

New research by Ipsos MORI for the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found that by three to one, the public and MPs agree rather than disagree that there is a housing crisis in Britain.

MPs and public sense 'housing crisis', but less so locally

New research by Ipsos MORI for the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has found that by three to one, the public and MPs agree rather than disagree that there is a housing crisis in Britain. Using a survey of the public and posing questions to MPs through the Ipsos MORI winter 2014 MPs survey, the research compares perspectives on housing, an issue which grew in salience during 2014. Three-quarters of the public (75%) and two-thirds of MPs (67%) agree that “there is a housing crisis in Britain”. But both groups are less sure of the local dimension to the crisis; 48% and 40% respectively disagree that there is a housing crisis in their local area / their constituency.  The survey of MPs found that they believe British governments have the power to tackle the issue – 86% disagree with the statement that ‘there isn’t much that British governments can do to deal with Britain’s housing problems’ – a similar view to that held by the public according to a summer 2014 CIH/Ipsos MORI survey.  Other research findings include:

  • The 75% of the public who agree there is a housing crisis in Britain compares to 80% recorded by Ipsos MORI in January 2013.
  • Now, 44% of the public strongly agree there is a national crisis, 33% of MPs. 
  • Eight out of 10 (81%) private renters agree there is a housing crisis in Britain while more than half (56%) agreed there is a housing crisis in their local area. 
  • People in the South of England, particularly London, are more likely to sense both national and local housing crises. 
  • 37% of those who agree there is national housing crisis disagree there is one locally. 
  • Conservative MPs and Conservative supporters are less likely than their Labour counterparts to agree that there is a housing crisis nationally, and one locally. 
  • Compared to Labour and Lib Dem MPs, Conservative MPs are more likely to choose ‘making it easier for first-time buyers to own or part-own their own homes’ and, uniquely, this is identified more than building more homes as a priority (chosen by 69% and 51% respectively).

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Technical Note

Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,010 GB adults aged 16+ by telephone between 11-13 January 2015. Data has been weighted. 

As part of its ‘Winter MPs Survey', Ipsos MORI interviewed 103 MPs face-to-face between 4 November and 19 December 2014. The sample was designed to represent the profile of the House of Commons and included 45 Conservative MPs, 45 Labour MPs, 11 Liberal Democrats and 2 MPs representing other parties. Data has been weighted.

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