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BBC poll: Three months on, parents still avoid trips to central London

Category: London

Date: 06.10.2005
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Parents with young children are still opting to avoid central London three months since the terrorist attacks, a MORI survey commissioned by BBC London suggests.


While the majority of those questioned said the bombings had made little difference to their daily lives, for those with young children it was a different story.


Three in ten parents (28%) of under-18s said they now spent less time with their children in central London, while 39% of this group of parents said such visits had stopped completely.


Meanwhile more than four in five (82%) Londoners questioned said they believed a second terrorist attack was "very likely" or "somewhat likely" in the near future, although the figure was slightly down on those asked by MORI just two weeks after 7/7.


The poll, revealed on BBC London this evening (Thursday 6 October), suggests that Londoners believe the attack of 7/7 has made it more difficult for ethnic communities in London to get along.


More than 60% believed it was now "harder" for that to happen, with just 29% thinking it had made no difference.


When it comes to assessing how well the authorities have behaved after the 7/7 attacks, the poll for BBC London suggested the Metropolitan Police overwhelmingly received the backing of the people.


Eighty-six per cent said they had responded "very well" or "fairly well" to the attacks, compared to Mayor of London Ken Livingstone (60%), the Government (65%) and leaders of the Muslim community (60%).


The so-called "shoot to kill" policy has though, divided people. When asked if it was acceptable to allow the police to have a policy of shoot to kill a suspected terrorist, 45% said yes while 51% believed it was unacceptable.


As for preventing further atrocities, the mood is gloomier, with opinion divided about whether current security measures on London's buses and tubes would prevent a further attack.


More uniformed police officers (42% in favour), coupled with more plain clothes officers (36%), are the favourites at foiling further incidents, with CCTV and more bag searches close behind.


And the majority wouldn't mind paying for that peace of mind, with 54% supporting a rise in council tax of £100 per year and 65% supporting a rise in council tax of £50 per year if it meant improving their safety.


The results of the MORI poll for BBC London are revealed on BBC London, on BBC ONR, Thursday 6 October at 6.30pm.


The poll was based on 1,014 interviews conducted with a representative sample of Londoners aged 18+. Fieldwork was conducted between 26 and 28 September 2005.


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Category: London

Date: 06.10.2005
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