New Polling on Behalf of UNITE Shows Public Back Intervention To Protect The UK's Steel Industry. Full tables are available here.
- A majority (58%) of the public told Survation the recent loss of jobs in the steel industry, primarily located in the north of England, as well as Scotland undermines the government's commitment to creating a "Northern Powerhouse" - Just over one-in-five (22%) believe that these job losses has not undermined this commitment, a further 20% don't know.
- Over two-thirds (68%) of the public told Survation that the government should intervene in the industry to ensure it's long-term survival
- Polling of 1,013 GB adults aged 18+ from 27th-28th October 2015, also found just 14% of people believe that the government's handling of job losses in the steel industry has been effective, with half stating that the government's handling has been "ineffective". A quarter say that the government's handling has been neither effective nor ineffective, whilst 11% don't know.
- Despite 11 Consecutive Quarters Of GDP Growth half of the public do not feel that the economy is recovering in their local area despite, with only a third (36%) saying that they feel an economic recovery locally, 14% saying they don't know.
Over two-thirds (68%) of the public told Survation that the government should intervene in the industry to ensure it's long-term survival, with only one-in-five saying that the government should not intervene and respect the consequences of global market forces.
North / South Divide?
45% of the public think the government would be more supportive if the job losses affected an industry based mainly in London and the South East of England, with just under a third (32%) saying the government's response would be no different wherever the affected industry was based.
Furthermore, regarding relative support for different economic sectors just under a third (32%) believe that the government's response would be more supportive if the job losses affected an industry other than manufacturing, although more (43%) say that the type of industry would make no difference to the government's response.
Is 11 Consecutive Quarters Of GDP Growth Cutting Through?
More broadly, half of the public do not feel that the economy is recovering in their local area despite eleven consecutive quarters of GDP growth, with only a third (36%) saying that they feel an economic recovery locally and 14% saying that they don't know.
Finally, less than a third (29%) feel that there are enough good-quality jobs for people in their local area, with three-in-five (59%) saying that there are not enough good-quality, local jobs and 12% not knowing.
Full tables are available here.
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