A new poll, conducted by HuffPost UK, has revealed that nearly half of people living in the second city feel badly represented by the national media.
The poll, conducted by YouGov, also revealed that more than 50% of the city don’t trust the government in Westminster – or their local city council – to stand up for their interests.
A total of 331 adults living in the city were asked about how well served they feel at a local and national level. Just 2% of respondents said they trusted Birmingham City Council – the largest council in Europe. Forty-eight per cent of the city’s residents felt their city is represented badly in the national media. City MP Khalid Mahmood said the figures reflected badly on civic authorities, and called for more to be done to regain the trust of residents. He said:
“The city is too easily overlooked by policymakers in Whitehall, despite our best efforts to champion this region. Brummies are a proud and resilient bunch who are very loyal to their home town despite all the problems they face in their day to day lives.”
The YouGov poll was conducted between June 21st and June 26th, and questioned 331 adults, 162 male and 169 women living in Birmingham.
The survey was conducted ahead of HuffPost UK’s week-long listening project in Birmingham, which has seen their entire newsroom relocate to Bullring this week in order to better report on the issues affecting local people. You can visit them in their unit at Bullring to tell them your story; they’re right by the Rotunda, next door to Next.
Alternatively, find us across the city at mobile ‘Listening Posts’ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.