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Desmog polling: Voters tend to support ULEZ-style policies, when it is made clear only a minority of vehicles are affected

31 July 2023

In polling by Omnisis for Desmog, a number of questions were asked about public support for low traffic neighbourhoods, and the expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) specifically.

Notably, the questions carefully explained to survey respondents the details of congestion zone charging – i.e. that only a minority of vehicles were affected.

The survey found support for policies that selectively impose charges on more polluting vehicles, but also evidence of confusion about how many vehicles were impacted by the ULEZ expansion to Greater London (perhaps linked to online misinformation).

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Climate Barometer Tracker 15th November 2023

Tracker data: Public supportĀ for low traffic neighbourhoods is higher than MPs’

The latest Barometer tracker data (October 2023) shows public support for low traffic neighbourhoods is higher than opposition, although the difference is only 10 percentage points, and the pattern is reversed for Conservative voters.

Public support (39%) is higher than that of MPs at only 23%, and support is particularly low among Conservative MPs, likely reflecting the widespread belief that the expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was the reason for the unexpected Conservative ‘hold’ at the Uxbridge by-election in July 2023.

As with differences between public and MP opinion seen on onshore wind, and to a lesser extent solar power, it is important that where public support exists (as it does on onshore wind, solar and clean air zones), this support is seen, acknowledged and acted on by political representatives.

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