Chatham House-YouGov Survey

Chatham House-YouGov

The survey was designed by Chatham House and YouGov and was conducted by YouGov and YouGovStone between 24 June and 2 July 2010. The aim was to test the views both of the general public and 'elite' opinion-formers concerning the key themes of future UK foreign policy and international relations, including the UK's overall place in the world, the importance of the country's relations with its principal allies and other significant countries, and how the government should prioritize particular international risks.

  • The survey was designed by Chatham House and YouGov and was conducted by YouGov and YouGovStone between 24 June and 2 July 2010
  • The aim was to test the views both of the general public and 'elite' opinion-formers concerning the key themes of future UK foreign policy and international relations, including the UK's overall place in the world, the importance of the country's relations with its principal allies and other significant countries, and how the government should prioritize particular international risks
  • The survey shows there are divergences between these two groups. The general public want to see Britain remain a great power with a large army, with cuts to the overseas aid budget and foreign policy used solely to defend Britain's national interest
  • However, opinion formers in business, Whitehall, the media and the voluntary sector are less sure that this is the right strategy. Many more of them want Britain to give up the attempt to remain a great power, and instead seek influence in today's world by setting a good example - with an ethical foreign policy and large overseas aid budget
  • The scope and nature of YouGov's polling has also exposed some distinct differences in international priorities between those who categorize themselves as Conservative or Liberal Democrat supporters.

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Chatham House commissioned this survey as part of the project on Rethinking the UK's International Ambitions and Choices.