As the Government look to push forward with their ‘Northern Powerhouse’ policy, a new BBC poll conducted by ComRes points to questions over awareness of the policy among those it may affect the most, as well as mixed attitudes among adults living in the North of England toward the policy.
- More than two in five adults in the North of England say they have never heard of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ (44%). A further one in five (20%) say they have heard of it, but know nothing about it.
- When asked about their confidence in whether the Government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ policy will boost the economy in the North, adults in the North of England are split; half say they are confident (50%); while two in five (40%) disagree.
- There is strong support for devolution to the North; four in five Northern adults (82%) agree that local politicians in the North, rather than MPs in Westminster, should have control over services like transport and health to improve the region. Just 15% disagree with this statement. This ‘London-North’ divide is also felt on issues of taxation and public spending.