TNS interviewed a quota sample of people aged 16 and over in 368 randomly selected output areas or group of output areas (sample points) throughout the United Kingdom; 2096 people between 4 and 8 August 2017. The raw data were weighted to match the demographic profile of the UK as a whole.
Highlights from the survey
Question 1: Asked to give the current rate of inflation, respondents gave a median answer of 2.8%, unchanged since May.
Question 2a: Median expectations of the rate of inflation over the coming year were 2.8%, unchanged since May.
Question 2b: Asked about expected inflation in the twelve months after that, respondents gave a median answer of 2.7%, compared with 2.8% in May.
Question 2c: Asked about expectations of inflation in the longer term, say in five years’ time, respondents gave a median answer of 3.4%, compared to 3.3% in May.
Question 3: By a margin of 53% to 7%, survey respondents believed that the economy would end up weaker rather than stronger if prices started to rise faster, compared with 50% to 9% in May.
Question 4: 50% of respondents thought the inflation target was ‘about right’, down from 52% in May, while the proportions saying the target was ‘too high’ or ‘too low’ were 23% and 12% respectively.
Question 5: 15% of respondents thought that interest rates had fallen over the past 12 months, compared with 18% in May, while 23% of respondents said that interest rates had risen over the past 12 months, compared with 22% in May.
Question 6: When asked about the future path of interest rates, 32% said rates might stay about the same over the next twelve months, compared with 31% in May. 42% of respondents expected rates to rise over the next 12 months, unchanged since May.
Question 7: Asked what would be ‘best for the economy’ – higher interest rates, lower rates or no change – 18% thought rates should ‘go up’, compared with 20% in May. 16% of respondents thought that interest rates should ‘go down’, compared to 15% in May. 37% thought interest rates should ‘stay where they are’, unchanged since May.
Question 8: When asked what would be ‘best for you personally’, 23% of respondents said interest rates should ‘go up’, compared with 22% in May. 26% of respondents said it would be better for them if interest rates were to ‘go down’, compared with 27% in May.
Question 14: Respondents were asked to assess the way the Bank of England is ‘doing its job to set interest rates to control inflation’. The net satisfaction balance – the proportion satisfied minus the proportion dissatisfied – was +24%, down from +25% in May.