Independent polling company Populus interviewed at least 1,000 adult residents (18+) in ten constituencies local to Heathrow Airport by telephone between 19 November and 21 December 2014.
The poll reveals that for the first time more than 50% of residents in Heathrow’s surrounding constituencies support the airport’s expansion plans. Populus also reveals that the residents rate additional jobs and apprenticeships as the top reasons for their support.
10,006 residents from Spelthorne, Richmond Park, Brentford and Isleworth, Feltham and Heston, Windsor, Ealing Central and Acton, Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Slough, Hayes and Harlington and Twickenham answered questions about their feelings towards Heathrow’s plans and the airport more generally. The results show that 58% of residents feel positive about the airport while 35% have a neutral feeling with only 7% saying they have a negative feeling towards the airport.
22% of local residents said they would be more likely to vote for a Parliamentary candidate if they support expansion and 17% said they are likely to vote for them if they oppose expansion.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow CEO said, ‘There is a growing consensus that expanding Heathrow is vital for the British economy. It will create 180,000 jobs up and down the country and keep Britain at the heart of the global economy.
Now we can see that it is not only the right solution, it is also deliverable. With the majority of local residents backing expansion, the time has come to be ambitious and get on with it.’