ITV News Index

ComRes interviewed the British public on behalf of ITV.

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Date Published
18 Jan 2013

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COMRES/ ITV NEWS POLL: ONLY A QUARTER THINK THEIR LOCAL AUTHORITY IS WELL PREPARED FOR HEAVY SNOW

Today the latest Index poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals that only a quarter (27%) think that their local authority is well prepared in its ability to handle severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow. A quarter (23%) think that it is badly prepared while two in five think that it is neither well nor badly prepared (39%). 11% say that they don’t know.

The latest results also indicate that the majority of people are not prepared for the severe cold weather. Three in five people (62%) say that they have made no preparations for such conditions (such as buying road salt, snow-chains for my car, or additional supplies of food or drink). However, a third (34%) disagree with this statement.

Younger people are more likely than older people to say that they have not made any preparations. Three-quarters (73%) of those aged 18-24 say that they have not done so, compared to just over half (55%) of those aged 65 and over.

The public has little sympathy for those who run public transport services that are affected by snow and icy conditions. The overwhelming majority (83%) say that the running of trains, buses and airports are too often disrupted by snow and icy conditions. Furthermore, nine in ten (90%) agree that those who run trains, buses and airports should be better prepared by now for snow and icy conditions.

Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2,004 British adults online from 11th to 13th January 2013. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all British adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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