This news release describes the results of the Bank of England’s latest quarterly survey of public attitudes to inflation, undertaken between 10 and 16 November 2020.
Please note, the Government’s social distancing guidance meant that face-to-face interviewing was not possible for the May, August nor November 2020 surveys. These have been conducted online instead. This change resulted in a methodological break in the series in May 2020. For example, the proportions of respondents who answered “Don’t know/ No idea” to the May survey’s questions declined substantially. That perhaps reflected the design of the online questionnaire, where the option of “Don’t know/ No idea” appeared only if the respondent tried to move onto the next question without giving an answer. In the August and November 2020 surveys however, the option of “Don’t know/ No idea” appeared in the same showcard as the other options. The proportions of respondents answering “Don’t know/ No idea” returned to usual levels for most questions in the August and November surveys.
These mode of collection changes mean caution should be taken when making comparisons across the latest two surveys and May 2020 and with previous vintages, which were based on face-to-face interviews.
More details about the methodology applied in the November, August and May 2020 surveys can be found in the ‘Methodology and notes – Online survey’ attachment and that of previous surveys in the ‘Methodology and notes – face-to-face survey’ attachment.