A BMG poll for the Evening Standard reveals that over three quarters (77%) of the general public want regulated fares, which include most services and season tickets, to be frozen rather than increase in-line with inflation this January 2017.
Just one in ten (10%) said rail fares should not be frozen while 13% don’t know. This poll comes as next year’s rise of 1.9% is condemned by MPs from all parties as too high based on the Retail Prices Index.
A closer look at the data reveals an age divide with the over 35s most in favour of rail fares being frozen (81%) compared with around two thirds of 18-24s (65%) and 25-34s (67%).
Considering last year’s Labour manifesto promised a one-year freeze it is perhaps unsurprising that those who voted Labour in 2015 are most in favour of a freeze (81%). In comparison just three quarters of Conservative (76%), Lib Dem (77%) and UKIP voters (77%) think these fares should be frozen.
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Also, those living in the South East (80%) and London (73%) are understandably in favour of rail fares being frozen given the recent strikes on Southern Rail.
Dr Michael Turner, Research Director at BMG Research, said “though it is perhaps unsurprising that an overwhelming majority of the public are in favour of freezing rail fares, especially when there is no financial or political trade-off to be made, it is interesting to note the differences between key social groups, for instance, where people live appears to be a key determinant. Interestingly, when you exclude don’t knows, contrary to popular belief, Londoners are actually most accepting of rail fare increases in-line with inflation, whereas those living outside the city are much more likely to be against a rise”.
An article based on these polling results, released by The Evening Standard, can be found here.
Fieldwork dates and methodology can be found here.
A full breakdown of these results can be found here.
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Lauren Harris – Research Executive