The Sunday Times has regular yougov polls of the attitudes of ordinary voters. From time to time, these polls also ask people’s opinions about HS2.
These independent polls show that voters do not want HS2. Opposition to HS2 is far greater than support.
What’s more the data shows that in every polling category, more people oppose HS2 than support it:
- in every age group more people oppose HS2 then support it,
- from every region more people oppose HS2,
- from every social band more people oppose Hs2,
- regardless of political party, more people oppose HS2
Both phases of HS2 are unpopular:
That’s not to say every single poll run by every organisation says the same thing. For instance, Jerry Blackett told the Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee that the businesses in Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce support HS2, claiming it was due to being able to have a “dialogue” with them. (It should be noted that HS2 Ltd paid Birmingham Chambers of Commerce a £14,400 ‘patronage fee’ for 2013/14.)
This is typical of polls which support HS2 – a niche group likely to contain people who are initially favourable to HS2 anyway.
Independent polls are clear: voters don’t want HS2.