Public attitudes to inflation and interest rates

Quarterly Bulletin 2007 Q2
Published on 18 June 2007

By Ronnie Driver of the Bank's Monetary Assessment and Strategy Division and Richard Windram of the Bank's Inflation Report and Bulletin Division.

Since 2001, the Bank of England has published an annual article discussing the results from the survey of public attitudes to inflation carried out by GfK NOP on behalf of the Bank. This article analyses the results of surveys up to February 2007. Given the relevance of inflation expectations to the current inflation outlook, this year's article focuses on the pickup in the general public's inflation expectations between 2005 and 2006, and the factors that may have contributed to that rise. It also considers the interactions with the public's attitudes to interest rates. Responses to other questions in the survey are discussed in the annex.

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