The following information is for the latest survey period 12 to 23 July 2023, based on adults in Great Britain.
When asked about the important issues facing the UK today, the most commonly reported issues continue to be the cost of living (92%), the NHS (85%), the economy (78%), climate change and the environment (62%) and housing (55%).
Among those currently paying rent or a mortgage, over 4 in 10 (45%) reported that their rent or mortgage payments had gone up in the past six months.
Among those who are currently paying rent or a mortgage, 4 in 10 (40%) reported finding it very or somewhat difficult affording these payments; this has increased from around 3 in 10 (31%) in July 2022.
Around 6 in 10 (59%) adults reported that their cost of living had increased, compared with a month ago; this proportion appears to have gradually decreased since early April 2023, when it was at 76%.
When asked about what people are doing because of the increases in the cost of living, around two-thirds (67%) said they were spending less on non-essentials, over half (53%) were shopping around more, and 46% were using less fuel such as gas or electricity in their homes.
Among adults who tried to contact a GP practice to make an appointment for themselves or someone else in the last month, around 4 in 10 (39%) found it very difficult or difficult, while 44% found it easy or very easy.
This release contains data and indicators from the Office for National Statistics' (ONS's) Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN).
From the 16 June 2023 release onwards, we have made changes that reduce the scope of the release and accompanying datasets. This is based on a routine review of the relevance and usefulness of this release.
Breakdowns by age and sex are no longer provided for fortnightly estimates in the latest Public opinions and social trends, Great Britain datasets. All previous versions of the dataset remain available from this page. Estimates from the OPN by these and other personal characteristics will continue to be provided on a regular basis in other ONS releases. For example, OPN estimates relating to the impact of cost of living among different sub-groups of the population are provided within the regular Impact of increased cost of living on adults across Great Britain series.
Confidence intervals are provided for all estimates in the datasets. Where changes in results from previous weeks are presented in this release, or comparisons between estimates are made, associated confidence intervals should be used to assess the statistical significance of the differences.
Sampling and weighting
In the latest period (12 to 23 July 2023), we sampled 4,987 households. This sample was randomly selected from people who had previously completed the Labour Market Survey (LMS) or OPN. The responding sample for the latest period contained 2,482 individuals, representing a 49.8% response rate.
Survey weights were applied to make estimates representative of the population (based on ONS population estimates). Further information on the survey design and quality can be found in our Opinions and Lifestyle Survey Quality and Methodology Information (QMI).Back to table of contents
Office for National Statistics (ONS), released 28 July 2023, ONS website, statistical bulletin, Public opinions and social trends, Great Britain: 12 to 23 July 2023
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