The April 2022 People’s Panel survey asked about:
- Climate Change and Being Green
- Oh Yes Net Zero Campaign
- Travel to Work and School
1009 local people completed this survey, meaning results for Hull are reported with a confidence interval of 3.08% at a 99% confidence level (e.g. we are 99% certain that the actual result falls within +/-3.08 percentage points of the reported figure).
An infographic summary of the results can be found here: April 2022 Infographic
A more detailed analysis report can be found here: April 2022 Report
Climate Change and Being Green
- The majority of respondents tend to feel they understand key terms / phrases relating to climate change; and their understanding has increased significantly since 2016.
- Over two thirds of respondents currently believe that climate change is manmade and represents a risk to our future. This is a significant increase compared to 2019.
- When it comes to helping the environment, respondents are most likely to be minimising their own food waste and reducing their consumption of the latest must have fashions. They are much more reluctant to grow their own food, eat less dairy and eat less meat.
- When asked how worried they are about specific effects of climate change, the majority of respondents are at least moderately concerned about almost all of the effects listed; specifically the loss of wildlife / wildlife habitats and higher food costs.
- Respondents do not feel that the city is resilient to climate change.
- Respondents think the government should prioritise investment in health, education, crime, housing and the economy over investment in climate change.
- Young people tend to have stronger pro green views and attitudes – being more likely than average to believe that climate change is man made and a risk, and prioritising government investment in climate change over many other areas. However, whilst they say they are willing to do lots of things to help the environment, many are not actually currently doing so – saying they try to be environmentally friendly but the opportunities aren’t always available.
- Conversely, older people are much more sceptical – being more likely than average to believe that the causes of climate change are not fully understood, and feeling that other areas should be prioritised for government spending over climate change. They are more likely than average to say they currently do everything they can to be environmentally friendly but that there’s no point doing more if others aren’t.
Oh Yes Net Zero Campaign
- A quarter of respondents have heard or seen something about the local Oh Yes Net Zero campaign.
- Analysis suggests that the majority of these respondents are employees of Reckitts and the University of Hull (who spearheaded the campaign) and that visibility of the campaign beyond these organisations was significantly lower.
Travel to Work
- Over half of respondents travel to work – with the majority working in the same place each day at a fixed office / location.
- Of these, over half travel by car; almost entirely as a solo driver with no passengers.
- Car users choose this method of travel for its speed, practically and convenience whilst respondents who use other methods place greater emphasis on health / fitness reasons, environmental reasons and cost.
- Most journeys to work are linear (e.g. directly there and back) and over half are under 3 miles; although car users tend to make longer and more non-linear journeys.
- Car users and those taking non-linear journeys are more likely to find it difficult to switch to alternative methods of transport.
- Segment C (Young Families in Public Rented Houses in Deprived Areas) are most likely to take non-linear journeys to work.
- Those who do travel to work are high car / van users – relying on a car for speed and practically, needing to drop off and collect children when travelling to and from work, and working in locations far from their home which they say are poorly served by public transport.
Travel to School / College
- A tenth of respondents have children / grand children who are driven to school or college.
- The significant majority of these journeys are under 3 miles.
- The reasons for driving children / grand children to school / college focus on speed / convenience and the lack of alternatives / unreliability of public transport.
- Only a small percentage of respondents who drive their children / grandchildren to school or college are aware of the school / college having any initiatives to encourage children to travel differently.