A new poll, carried out by Ipsos Mori for the King’s Fund think tank, has revealed that 66% of those polled would happily pay higher taxes if it would provide the NHS with adequate funding.
The figure of 66% willing to pay “to maintain the level of spending needed” is a huge increase on previous findings.
The poll also found that only 20% of those polled were willing to cut spending in other areas, such as welfare and education, to fund the NHS.
Only 10% felt that the NHS should reduce the range of services it provides, or reduce the level of care, in order to reduce the deficit.
1,151 adults were interviewed as part of the research to determine how the public feels about the NHS ahead of its 70th birthday next year.
Here are some further findings from the poll:
- 77% believe the NHS is “crucial to British society”.
- 23% agreed that “the NHS was a great project but we probably can’t maintain it in its current form”.
- 67% think the NHS should remain free at the point of delivery.
- 81% of 15-34 year-olds said the NHS was crucial and must be maintained.
- 74% of those aged 55 and older said the NHS was crucial and must be maintained.