Public perceptions of the NHS and social care - general election polling 2019

This report presents the findings of a research project commissioned by the Health Foundation and conducted by Ipsos MORI, looking at public perceptions of the NHS and social care.

The author(s)

  • Kate Duxbury Public Affairs
  • Anna Quigley Public Affairs
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The NHS is playing a significant role in the 2019 general election campaign, with more of the public saying that the NHS is the most important issue in helping them to decide which party to vote for than any other issue. The Health Foundation has commissioned general public polling at previous general elections in 2015 and 2017, and around the NHS’ 70th anniversary in 2018, and wanted to conduct further public perceptions research to add to its ‘library’. This includes updating some trend data from previous years, as well as collecting new data on emerging issues.

The topics asked about include:

  • Views of standards of care in the NHS and social care, both in the past year and optimism or pessimism about standards over the following year.
  • Perceptions of the key issues facing the NHS.
  • Views on some of the principles underpinning the NHS.
  • Priorities for public spending and for spending within health, including how the NHS should maintain current services and the options for funding social care.
  • Views of the potential impact of Brexit on the NHS, and the future of EU health and social care workers.

You can find out more by downloading the report, presentation or data tables below.


  • Fieldwork was carried out between 8th and 17th November 2019.
  • In total 1,990 interviews were carried out with adults (aged 15+) in Great Britain.
  • Interviews were carried out face-to-face in people’s homes using Capibus, Ipsos MORI’s face to face omnibus.
  • Quotas were based on age, gender and working status within region.
  • Data are weighted on age, region, social grade and working status within gender, and tenure and ethnicity overall.

The author(s)

  • Kate Duxbury Public Affairs
  • Anna Quigley Public Affairs

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