Public opinion and the Beveridge Report
Catalogue reference: PREM 4/89/2, pp. 601 and 604


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THE BEVERIDGE REPORT
AND
THE PUBLIC
BRITISH INSTITUTE
OF
PUBLIC OPINION
What Britain thinks of
The Beveridge Report as
shown by a Gallup Poll by

The British Institute of Public Opinion

 


 

SUMMARY

NINETY-FIVE per cent of the public had heard about the Beveridge Report.
Great interest in the Report was discovered and, strikingly enough, this interest was most marked amongst the poorer people.
General approval was found for the main features of the schemes as set out in the Report. The extent of the approval varied from a bare majority saying that weekly benefits of 40s. per week for a married couple was about the right amount, to an overwhelming endorsement of the proposal to include everyone in a comprehensive scheme of medical services. The majority thought that the Government should take over the smaller life assurances.
The greatest volume of criticism was directed towards the proposal to start Old Age Pensions at 14s. per week. The majority of the public thought that the amount should be made at least 20s. a week immediately, or at least that the rate of increase to the maximum of 24s. should be speeded up.
There was overwhelming agreement that the Beveridge plan should be put into effect. There was, however, a much smaller proportion believing that in fact it would be put into effect.
 

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