DECC set up a tracking survey in early 2012 to understand and monitor public attitudes to the Department’s main business priorities. The survey runs four times a year and consists of one longer, annual survey and three shorter, quarterly surveys which focus on a subset of questions where we think attitudes might shift quickly or be affected by seasonal changes. This summary note presents headline findings from the eighth quarterly wave of the survey.
The eighth wave of data was collected between 11 and 15 December 2013 using face-to-face in-home interviews with a representative sample of 2,110 households in the UK. The wave 8 questionnaire, although essentially the same as the previous quarterly questionnaire (wave 7, September 2013), included an additional question on shale gas, additional questions on small scale renewable heat, and repeated a question on trust in energy suppliers (replacing a question on awareness of collective switching, which is now asked on an annual rather than quarterly basis).