With Phillip Hammond set to unveil his budget tomorrow, a recent BMG poll conducted on behalf of the Independent reveals that the public place additional funding for the NHS at the top of their budget wish list.
The poll, conducted between 14th and 17th November, asked a representative sample of 1438 adults to select up to three potential budget measures that the Chancellor should prioritise in tomorrow’s set piece event. Additional funding for the NHS was comfortably the most popular choice, selected by two-thirds of Britons (64%), twice as many that selected tax cuts for people on low and middle incomes (32%), the second most popular measure.
More money for housing – expected to be the Budget’s centrepiece – was the third most popular measure, selected by 26% of respondents, followed by increasing the state pension (25%), additional funding for education (24%), tax cuts for small business (18%) and reducing tuition fees (15%).
Meanwhile, only one in ten (11%) viewed reducing overall spending to bring down the deficit, a favourite of Hammond’s predecessor George Osborne, as a priority for this year’s budget.
An article based on these polling results, released by the Independent, can be found here.
Methodology, fieldwork dates, and a full breakdown of these results can be found here. For a more detailed breakdown of results from this poll, or any other results from our polling series, please get in touch by email or phone.
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Robert Struthers – Research Executive