Views of Westminster

Ipsos MORI's poll for BBC News shows decreasing trust in government as it gets less local.

Ipsos MORI's poll for BBC News shows decreasing trust in government as it gets less local. Just one in five Britons (21%) agree the UK Government acts in their best interests, while 49% disagree. This is better than for the European Parliament (12% agree, 54% disagree) but worse than local government (26% agree, 38% disagree) - though more disagree than agree for each.

Three in ten (29%) say that Westminster MPs have too much say in their area; 23% disagree. These proportions are reversed with regard to local politicians (25% think they have too much influence on their area, 31% disagree).

Almost two in three (64%) feel that the government does not spend enough time listening to the view of individual members of the public, down from 74% in 2007. One in eight (13%) now disagree, compared with seven percent seven years ago.

 

One in four (24%) are satisfied with the way that Parliament works; 44% are dissatisfied. This is down from 27% satisfied and 35% dissatisfied in 2010, but up from the nadir of 20% satisfied and 63% dissatisfied following the MPs' expenses scandal. Prior to the scandal, more had always been satisfied than were dissatisfied; the highest satisfaction we have recorded was 45% in 2001, when 30% were dissatisfied.

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All fieldwork was undertaken from 26 September – 3 October 2014. In total, 1,967 interviews were completed face-to-face with adults aged 15+ across Great Britain. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.

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