Polling for The Health Foundation

Nearly two thirds (64%) of adults aged 15+ in Britain think that taxes should be increased as a way of funding the NHS.

The author(s)

  • Tom Magill Research Manager
  • Laura Thomas Ipsos Public Affairs, UK
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The Health Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out a survey with the general public in Great Britain about their views towards funding of the NHS, their opinions and their concerns about the NHS and social care.

Findings include:

  • Nearly two thirds (64%) of adults aged 15+ in Britain think that taxes should be increased as a way of funding the NHS
  • 88% of people -  think that the NHS should be protected from any cuts. This is an increase of 3% points from when this was last asked in March 2015
  • Fewer people think that care for the elderly (40%) and defence (12%) should be protected.
  • 12 % of people think the standard of NHS care has got better over the last year, 44% of people think it has got worse over the last year
  • 14% think it will get better over the next year, almost half (48%) think it will get worse.

Technical note

  • Interviews were carried out on Capibus, Ipsos MORI’s face to face omnibus survey.
  • 1,985 GB adults aged 15+ were interviewed between Friday 5th and Monday 15th May 2017 in respondent’s homes using CAPI (Computer Aided Personal Interviewing) methodology.
  • Data are weighted to age, region, working status and social grade within gender, as well as household tenure and respondent ethnicity using rim weighting.

The author(s)

  • Tom Magill Research Manager
  • Laura Thomas Ipsos Public Affairs, UK

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