NatCen Social Research has today published the results of a survey of public confidence in official statistics, commissioned by the UK Statistics Authority. Among the survey’s findings are that:

  • Public awareness of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) remains at the same level recorded in 2014, at 71%.
  • Of those who expressed an opinion, 90% trusted ONS as an institution in 2016. This is a similar level to the 88% who said they trusted ONS in 2014.
  • The percentage of those agreeing that official figures are generally accurate has increased from 73% in 2014 to 78% in 2016.
  • A majority of people (67%) think official statistics should be released to everybody, including the public, at the same time.

Speaking today, Sir Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, said:

These new survey results indicate that the encouraging levels of public trust in ONS that were recorded in 2014 have been sustained in 2016.


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