The People’s Priorities 2023

In a new poll for Policy Exchange, we asked the public what the Government must deliver in 2023. The full tables are available here.

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On the list below, select the top issues you believe are most important for the government to prioritise in 2023. (Please select up to three)

Unweighted Weighted Reduce NHS waiting lists Reduce immigration by stopping the small boats crossing the Channel Make it more difficult for workers to strike Introduce tougher measures for environmental protesters who cause disruption Bring down inflation to stop the price of household goods rising Reduce people’s taxes to help with the cost of living Build more self-sufficient energy infrastructure, such as wind, solar, and nuclear Make the streets safer by cutting crime Introduce a new ban on gay and transgender conversion therapy Support Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s invasion Improve trains and buses Revitalise town centres and high streets Make it easier for first time buyers to afford a house Prefer not to say
Overall
National 1431 1431 48% 28% 5% 8% 48% 26% 38% 13% 7% 10% 9% 6% 12% 4%
Gender
Female 742 732 50% 25% 5% 6% 50% 28% 37% 12% 5% 7% 9% 7% 13% 4%
Male 689 699 46% 32% 6% 10% 45% 24% 39% 15% 8% 13% 9% 4% 10% 3%
Age
18-24 102 152 41% 8% 3% 4% 42% 31% 29% 7% 14% 10% 14% 5% 20% 10%
25-49 634 590 44% 17% 4% 6% 55% 32% 40% 14% 8% 8% 9% 5% 15% 5%
50-64 382 351 53% 37% 6% 8% 44% 27% 37% 14% 5% 10% 8% 7% 8% 2%
65+ 313 338 55% 49% 9% 13% 42% 12% 39% 15% 3% 14% 6% 5% 7% 1%
SEG
AB 326 342 48% 19% 6% 5% 49% 22% 43% 11% 7% 10% 11% 4% 14% 5%
C1 440 437 49% 27% 6% 7% 54% 25% 39% 13% 8% 10% 10% 4% 12% 2%
C2 304 297 51% 38% 5% 11% 41% 26% 34% 18% 3% 9% 7% 7% 8% 5%
DE 361 355 45% 30% 4% 9% 44% 30% 34% 12% 6% 11% 7% 8% 12% 4%
Region
London 175 202 50% 23% 5% 7% 52% 22% 42% 16% 5% 11% 11% 3% 13% 4%
Midlands/Wales 434 384 49% 33% 6% 9% 44% 27% 38% 13% 4% 11% 7% 5% 10% 4%
North 356 389 49% 25% 3% 5% 53% 27% 37% 14% 12% 8% 9% 3% 11% 4%
Rest of South 347 333 44% 33% 9% 10% 43% 25% 39% 12% 6% 11% 9% 6% 13% 4%
Scotland 119 123 53% 22% 3% 10% 48% 26% 28% 10% 4% 12% 13% 17% 12% 3%
2019 General Election
Conservative Party 425 420 44% 53% 11% 14% 43% 20% 36% 16% 5% 11% 5% 4% 7% 1%
Labour Party 316 318 55% 7% 0% 3% 54% 25% 49% 11% 9% 9% 16% 6% 15% 3%
Liberal Democrats 117 117 53% 11% 3% 6% 52% 18% 52% 13% 4% 23% 9% 6% 9%
2016 Brexit referendum
Leave 537 531 44% 51% 8% 12% 46% 24% 34% 15% 4% 11% 4% 4% 8% 3%
Remain 516 529 57% 11% 4% 5% 50% 23% 46% 11% 9% 13% 14% 7% 12% 2%

On the list below, are there any that you strongly disagree with and think the government should definitely not do? (Please select up to three)

Unweighted Weighted Reduce NHS waiting lists Reduce immigration by stopping the small boats crossing the Channel Make it more difficult for workers to strike Introduce tougher measures for environmental protesters who cause disruption Bring down inflation to stop the price of household goods rising Reduce people’s taxes to help with the cost of living Build more self-sufficient energy infrastructure, such as wind, solar, and nuclear Make the streets safer by cutting crime Introduce a new ban on gay and transgender conversion therapy Support Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s invasion Improve trains and buses Revitalise town centres and high streets Make it easier for first time buyers to afford a house Prefer not to say
Overall
National 1431 1431 5% 20% 36% 24% 6% 11% 6% 3% 23% 11% 4% 5% 7% 7%
Gender
Female 742 732 5% 21% 35% 22% 6% 8% 4% 2% 22% 9% 3% 4% 7% 9%
Male 689 699 5% 18% 38% 26% 7% 14% 7% 3% 23% 13% 5% 6% 8% 5%
Age
18-24 102 152 4% 27% 41% 34% 4% 10% 4% 3% 18% 9% 1% 9% 9% 17%
25-49 634 590 4% 22% 41% 25% 5% 8% 5% 2% 23% 10% 3% 3% 6% 8%
50-64 382 351 7% 16% 34% 21% 8% 13% 7% 4% 25% 15% 6% 5% 11% 5%
65+ 313 338 7% 16% 29% 21% 7% 14% 6% 2% 22% 8% 5% 6% 7% 5%
SEG
AB 326 342 4% 27% 45% 32% 6% 9% 2% 2% 21% 8% 4% 4% 6% 6%
C1 440 437 4% 20% 39% 24% 3% 10% 6% 2% 24% 9% 5% 3% 7% 8%
C2 304 297 7% 14% 32% 22% 6% 9% 4% 4% 22% 12% 5% 6% 7% 10%
DE 361 355 8% 16% 28% 19% 11% 15% 9% 3% 23% 14% 3% 9% 9% 6%
Region
London 175 202 3% 22% 41% 30% 6% 4% 6% 2% 24% 12% 3% 5% 7% 7%
Midlands/Wales 434 384 5% 16% 33% 21% 6% 11% 6% 4% 21% 12% 5% 5% 7% 9%
North 356 389 7% 21% 41% 26% 8% 14% 6% 2% 23% 8% 4% 6% 7% 6%
Rest of South 347 333 5% 19% 31% 21% 4% 10% 4% 3% 23% 11% 5% 5% 11% 7%
Scotland 119 123 7% 25% 37% 26% 10% 15% 7% 3% 23% 14% 1% 2% 4% 8%
2019 General Election
Conservative Party 425 420 5% 11% 22% 11% 5% 10% 7% 3% 23% 12% 6% 5% 9% 6%
Labour Party 316 318 4% 33% 61% 41% 4% 10% 3% 2% 25% 8% 3% 6% 6% 4%
Liberal Democrats 117 117 5% 21% 48% 34% 6% 11% 4% 1% 20% 5% 4% 4% 7% 2%
2016 Brexit referendum
Leave 537 531 6% 11% 24% 12% 6% 11% 7% 2% 21% 13% 5% 6% 11% 7%
Remain 516 529 4% 28% 53% 39% 5% 12% 4% 2% 23% 8% 4% 5% 5% 5%

On the list below, what is the one issue that is most important and the one issue that is least important for the government to prioritise in 2023? Answer: Most important

Unweighted Weighted Reduce NHS waiting lists Reduce immigration by stopping the small boats crossing the Channel Make it more difficult for workers to strike Introduce tougher measures for environmental protesters who cause disruption Bring down inflation to stop the price of household goods rising Reduce people’s taxes to help with the cost of living Build more self-sufficient energy infrastructure, such as wind, solar, and nuclear Make the streets safer by cutting crime Introduce a new ban on gay and transgender conversion therapy Support Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s invasion Improve trains and buses Revitalise town centres and high streets Make it easier for first time buyers to afford a house Prefer not to say Total
Overall
National 1431 1431 15% 12% 3% 2% 26% 12% 15% 2% 3% 3% 1% 1% 3% 1% 100%
Gender
Female 742 732 17% 11% 4% 1% 30% 12% 13% 1% 3% 2% 2% 1% 3% 2% 100%
Male 689 699 14% 14% 2% 2% 22% 11% 18% 3% 4% 3% 1% 1% 3% 1% 100%
Age
18-24 102 152 10% 5% 2% 1% 32% 12% 17% 1% 5% 2% 3% 1% 7% 3% 100%
25-49 634 590 11% 6% 3% 2% 32% 16% 17% 2% 3% 2% 1% 1% 3% 1% 100%
50-64 382 351 17% 20% 3% 1% 20% 11% 14% 2% 5% 3% 1% 1% 2% 0% 100%
65+ 313 338 23% 20% 2% 3% 20% 6% 12% 4% 2% 3% 1% 1% 2% 1% 100%
SEG
AB 326 342 13% 7% 3% 2% 27% 9% 21% 2% 3% 2% 2% 2% 3% 2% 100%
C1 440 437 15% 12% 3% 1% 28% 13% 14% 2% 4% 3% 0% 0% 4% 1% 100%
C2 304 297 20% 16% 2% 2% 20% 13% 13% 3% 3% 4% 2% 0% 1% 1% 100%
DE 361 355 14% 15% 3% 2% 29% 12% 14% 2% 3% 2% 1% 1% 3% 1% 100%
Region
London 175 202 14% 12% 2% 26% 12% 17% 3% 6% 2% 2% 1% 2% 2% 100%
Midlands/Wales 434 384 15% 16% 3% 2% 25% 14% 12% 2% 3% 3% 1% 1% 3% 2% 100%
North 356 389 17% 11% 3% 2% 25% 11% 17% 3% 3% 3% 1% 1% 2% 1% 100%
Rest of South 347 333 13% 12% 3% 3% 26% 13% 15% 2% 3% 3% 1% 1% 4% 1% 100%
Scotland 119 123 18% 12% 2% 36% 6% 16% 2% 2% 2% 1% 4% 1% 100%
2019 General Election
Conservative Party 425 420 13% 24% 3% 3% 24% 8% 11% 2% 3% 3% 1% 2% 3% 1% 100%
Labour Party 316 318 22% 2% 2% 0% 30% 13% 17% 3% 4% 1% 1% 0% 3% 1% 100%
Liberal Democrats 117 117 18% 3% 3% 1% 28% 8% 20% 2% 3% 8% 1% 1% 3% 1% 100%
2016 Brexit referendum
Leave 537 531 14% 23% 3% 2% 24% 9% 11% 3% 3% 3% 1% 1% 2% 1% 100%
Remain 516 529 20% 3% 3% 1% 28% 12% 20% 2% 3% 3% 1% 1% 2% 1% 100%

On the list below, what is the one issue that is most important and the one issue that is least important for the government to prioritise in 2023? Answer: Least important

Unweighted Weighted Reduce NHS waiting lists Reduce immigration by stopping the small boats crossing the Channel Make it more difficult for workers to strike Introduce tougher measures for environmental protesters who cause disruption Bring down inflation to stop the price of household goods rising Reduce people’s taxes to help with the cost of living Build more self-sufficient energy infrastructure, such as wind, solar, and nuclear Make the streets safer by cutting crime Introduce a new ban on gay and transgender conversion therapy Support Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s invasion Improve trains and buses Revitalise town centres and high streets Make it easier for first time buyers to afford a house Prefer not to say Total
Overall
National 1431 1431 2% 7% 17% 10% 3% 3% 4% 1% 23% 8% 5% 6% 6% 6% 100%
Gender
Female 742 732 2% 8% 16% 10% 2% 3% 6% 1% 22% 8% 4% 5% 4% 8% 100%
Male 689 699 2% 6% 18% 10% 3% 4% 2% 1% 23% 8% 6% 6% 7% 5% 100%
Age
18-24 102 152 2% 10% 20% 7% 3% 5% 3% 20% 9% 3% 9% 1% 8% 100%
25-49 634 590 1% 9% 19% 12% 3% 2% 3% 1% 20% 8% 5% 5% 5% 7% 100%
50-64 382 351 3% 5% 15% 8% 4% 2% 6% 1% 24% 9% 5% 4% 7% 7% 100%
65+ 313 338 3% 5% 12% 10% 2% 6% 4% 0% 26% 7% 6% 7% 7% 5% 100%
SEG
AB 326 342 2% 8% 17% 12% 2% 4% 4% 2% 18% 8% 5% 4% 6% 6% 100%
C1 440 437 2% 8% 19% 10% 3% 2% 4% 0% 23% 7% 4% 7% 6% 5% 100%
C2 304 297 1% 7% 15% 11% 2% 3% 3% 1% 27% 7% 6% 4% 5% 8% 100%
DE 361 355 3% 5% 15% 8% 2% 5% 5% 1% 22% 11% 6% 6% 5% 7% 100%
Region
London 175 202 4% 8% 17% 14% 4% 3% 4% 18% 9% 4% 4% 6% 5% 100%
Midlands/Wales 434 384 3% 5% 17% 10% 2% 2% 5% 1% 22% 8% 7% 6% 6% 5% 100%
North 356 389 1% 8% 18% 11% 3% 4% 4% 0% 23% 5% 5% 5% 4% 9% 100%
Rest of South 347 333 2% 7% 15% 9% 1% 4% 3% 2% 24% 9% 4% 7% 6% 7% 100%
Scotland 119 123 8% 18% 8% 3% 2% 2% 1% 26% 10% 5% 4% 7% 5% 100%
2019 General Election
Conservative Party 425 420 3% 4% 10% 5% 4% 3% 5% 1% 25% 10% 7% 7% 10% 5% 100%
Labour Party 316 318 1% 12% 26% 16% 2% 2% 5% 1% 18% 6% 2% 3% 3% 4% 100%
Liberal Democrats 117 117 3% 10% 20% 16% 3% 6% 1% 2% 20% 3% 5% 6% 4% 2% 100%
2016 Brexit referendum
Leave 537 531 2% 4% 11% 6% 3% 3% 5% 0% 26% 10% 8% 7% 8% 6% 100%
Remain 516 529 2% 11% 22% 16% 2% 4% 4% 1% 19% 5% 3% 4% 4% 5% 100%

Recent economic forecasts suggest the government in Britain is spending more money than it raises each year from taxation. Where should the government make savings? (Please select up to three)

Unweighted Weighted Reduce public spending on the National Health Service and social care Reduce public spending on schools Reduce public spending on science and research Reduce public spending on international aid Reduce public spending on ‘equality and diversity’ initiatives in the public sector Restrict pensions to rise in line with average earnings instead of inflation Reduce public spending on social benefits such as Universal Credit Reduce public spending on the police Reduce public spending on prisons Restrict pay rises in the public sector Reduce the defence budget Cancel the High Speed 2 rail project None of the above Prefer not to say
Overall
National 1431 1431 1% 2% 3% 46% 31% 6% 13% 2% 12% 8% 15% 46% 9% 9%
Gender
Female 742 732 1% 1% 3% 41% 25% 4% 11% 3% 13% 9% 14% 43% 10% 11%
Male 689 699 1% 2% 3% 51% 37% 7% 14% 2% 11% 8% 16% 49% 8% 6%
Age
18-24 102 152 1% 4% 4% 24% 16% 7% 13% 8% 13% 7% 25% 26% 16% 14%
25-49 634 590 1% 1% 3% 37% 19% 8% 14% 3% 14% 7% 18% 40% 10% 11%
50-64 382 351 1% 1% 4% 54% 37% 3% 12% 1% 10% 10% 14% 51% 6% 7%
65+ 313 338 1% 2% 3% 64% 51% 3% 13% 0% 8% 9% 7% 60% 6% 5%
SEG
AB 326 342 1% 3% 35% 31% 10% 14% 2% 9% 6% 18% 42% 14% 8%
C1 440 437 1% 1% 3% 47% 35% 6% 15% 3% 12% 9% 18% 48% 7% 6%
C2 304