Exclusive BMG Research polling, commissioned by the Evening Standard, shows strong support in favour of routinely arming police officers across the country.

The results also showed that, of those that gave an opinion, two thirds of the public believe the police and security forces are not sufficiently ready to respond to a Paris-style attack in London or elsewhere in the UK.

Dr Michael Turner – Research Director at BMG Research said that “across all ages, and the entire country, the majority of residents feel that officers are not suitably prepared for an attack similar to that seen in Paris”

“Consequently, the results also show strong support for officers to be routinely armed in a way that is perhaps most commonly seen by Britons in continental Europe.”

The results were headlined in the Evening Standard and were also a leading feature on Nick Ferrai’s Breakfast Show and the main subject of James O’Brien’s Phone-In Show, both on LBC Radio (23rd December).


Full data tables supporting the results can be found here.

For further details about this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please feel free to get in touch by email or phone.

Dr Michael Turner – Research Director





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