Heathrow Airport Viewed Positively by Most, Market Research Shows

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25th September 2014 11:19 - Transport and Distribution

A recent study, conducted to gauge the public’s opinion on Heathrow Airport, has discovered that the majority of respondents viewed the development positively.

Of the 9,670 people surveyed over a two-week period, a net total of three fifths (59%) said, based on what they have seen, read and heard, they had a positive impression of the airport. Around one third (34%) had a neutral outlook and just one in 20 (6%) perceived Heathrow Airport negatively.

Heathrow currently has two runways which, as it stands, operate at maximum capacity. The government is considering whether or not to allow the airport to build a third runway to increase its capacity and, when questioned on this, almost half (49%) of the survey’s respondents were in favour - around three in 10 (28%) “strongly supported” the plan and one fifth (21%) “somewhat supported” it. A net total of almost one third (32%) said they opposed the proposed new development, with just under one fifth (18%) neither supporting or opposing.

Furthermore, almost two thirds (64%) of the study’s respondents said their local MP opposing Heathrow’s expansion would have no impact on whether or not they voted for that candidate in the next election. However, almost one fifth (17%) said it would make them more likely to vote for them at the next election - around one in 10 (9%) said “a bit more likely” and 8% said “much more likely.” Conversely, a similar percentage (18%) said their local MP opposing the initiative would make them less likely to vote for them - one in 10 (10%) said “much less likely” and 8% said “a bit less likely.”

Moreover, one quarter (25%) of the survey’s participants said their local MP supporting Heathrow Airport’s expansion would make them more likely to vote for them at the next election, compared to the 14% who said it would make them less likely to elect them. Six in 10 (60%) respondents said their local MP supporting the airport’s plan would have no impact on their voting intention.

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