ID Cards

Support for ID Cards

MORI: To what extent, if at all, are you in favour of or opposed to a national identity card scheme? Strongly in favour/Moderately in favour/Neither in favour nor opposed/Moderately opposed/Strongly opposed
ICM: (1) The Government has proposed the introduction of compulsory identity cards. Which of these statements comes closest to your view? Very good idea/ Good idea/ Bad idea/ Very bad idea. (2) In order to implement identity cards the Government intends to set up a national database containing the fingerprints and/or eye scan of everyone in Britain. Which of these statements comes closest to your view? I am happy with this idea and I would still support ID cards/ I’m a little uncomfortable with this idea but I would still support ID cards/ I’m a little uncomfortable with this idea and I would oppose ID cards/ I am unhappy with this idea and I would oppose ID cards. (3)The Government is currently proposing that the charge for the ID cards will be at least £35 per person, or £85 if combined with a passport. Taking this into account, along with other things we have discussed, would you say you now think identity cards are a? Very good idea/ Good idea/ Bad idea/ Very bad idea.(4) I am now going to read out a number of policies and proposals, and Iwould like you to tell me whether you agree or disagree with each. Do you agree/disagree strongly or tend to agree/disagree? Requiring everyone resident in the UK to possess an identity card containing biometric information (5) The Government has proposed the introduction of identity cards that, in combination with your passport, will cost around £93. From what you have seen or heard do you think that this proposal is a very good idea/good idea/bad idea/very bad idea? (6) In light of the terrorist bombings in London, do you support or oppose government moves to introduce identity cards? (7) Some people say that the introduction of identity cards would help in the fight against terrorism. Do you yourself think they should be introduced in the UK? (8) The government has proposed the introduction of identity cards for every member of the public to help the fight against terrorism. Based on everything you have seen or heard, do you think identity cards are a good idea or a bad idea?
YouGov: Are you in favour of, or opposed to, the introduction of a system of national identity cards in Britain?
BPIX: (2) What about if you were charged £100?
Populus: (1) Following the recent bombings in London on Thursday, please say if you agree or disagree with each of the following possible measures that could be taken to try and reduce the threat of future terrorist attack. Introducing ID cards? (2)Do you support the following? Introducing ID cards?
TNS: (1) Overall, to what extent do you agree or disagree with the government’s plan to introduce a national identity scheme, which includes the Identity Card? Agree strongly, agree slightly, neither agree nor disagree, disagree slightly, disagree strongly.
  Survey End Date Support Oppose Net
TNS/Home Office (1) 01/02/09 59 24 +35
ICM/No2ID (5) 05/12/08 48 46 +2
TNS/Home Office (1) 04/11/08 55 26 +29
TNS/Home Office (1) 03/08/08 60 24 +36
ICM/No2ID (5) 26/06/08 48 46 +2
TNS/Home Office (1) 11/05/08 59 22 +37
ICM/JRRT (5) 03/02/08 47 50 -3
TNS/Home Office (1) 03/02/08 59 23 +36
BPIX/Mail on Sunday 24/11/07 46 43 -3
ICM/Sunday Telegraph (8) 22/11/07 61 36 +25
TNS/Home Office (1) 30/10/07 61 20 +41
ICM/No2ID (5) 06/09/07 54 42 +12
ICM/No2ID (5) 09/11/06 50 49 +1
ICM/No2ID (5) 23/07/06 47 51 -4
TNS/Home Office (1) 25/02/07 63 19 +44
YouGov/Telegraph 22/02/06 52 37 +15
ICM/No2ID (5) 19/02/06 52 46 +6
ICM/No2ID (5) 20/11/05 50 48 +2
Populus/Times 24/07/05 61 34 +27
ICM/Guardian (7) 17/07/05 53 43 +10
Populus/Times 10/07/05 61 34 +27
ICM/News of the World (6) 09/07/05 65 31 +34
BPIX/Mail on Sunday 09/07/05 49 ? n/a
YouGov/Telegraph 08/07/05 50 38 +12
YouGov/Telegraph 30/06/05 45 42 +3
BPIX/Mail on Sunday (2) ??/06/05 10 84 -74
BPIX/Mail on Sunday (1) ??/06/05 57 30 +27
ICM/No2ID (5) 12/06/05 55 43 +12
ICM/Reform (3) 02/12/04 58 31 +27
ICM/Reform (2) 02/12/04 81 18 +63
ICM/Reform (1) 02/12/04 81 17 +64
ICM/Joseph Rowntree Trust 04/06/04 72 24 +48
MORI/Detica 23/03/04 80 11 +69
YouGov/Telegraph 04/09/03 78 15 +63

Support for Voluntary/Compulsory ID Cards

YouGov: Which of these views about the possible introduction of Identity Cards comes closest to your own? Identity Cards should be introduced, and it should be compulsory for all British citizens to own one/ Identity Cards are a good idea, but only if British citizens have the right to decide whether to own one or not/ Identity Cards are a bad idea and should not be introduced
  Survey End Date Compulsory Voluntary Neither
Yougov/Sunday Times 18/12/03 58 22 15

ID Cards and Civil Liberties

MORI: How concerned, if at all, are you that the introduction of identity cards could have a negative impact on your civil liberties, by which we mean your personal freedom?
YouGov: If compulsory identity cards are introduced, will you, or will you not, feel that your personal freedom has been reduced?
  Survey End Date Concerned Unconcerned Net
MORI/Detica 23/03/04 24 73 -49
YouGov/Telegraph 04/09/03 26 70 -44

ID Cards and Data Security

MORI: Identity cards could contain a lot of personal information about you. How confident are you that the Government can be trusted to hold all this information securely?
YouGov: Here are some of things people are saying about the introduction of identity cards. Please indicate for each whether, from what you know, you agree with it or not: it is inevitable that the data stored on people’s identity cards will sometimes be leaked, sold, hacked into or in other ways used improperly.
  Survey End Date Agree Disgree Net
YouGov/Telegraph 22/02/06 71 15 +56
  Confident Unconfident Net
MORI/Detica 23/03/04 57 41 +16

Will ID Cards Help Prevent Terrorist Attacks?

ICM: Agreement with statements: ID cards will help Britain to fight the war against terrorism, or ID cards did not help prevent the Madrid bombings so what difference would they make here
Populus: Do you think that the introduction of ID cards would help to prevent a terrorist attack?
YouGov: Do you think identity cards would, or would not, help in the future to prevent the commission of terrorist acts like those that were committed in London yesterday?
  Survey End Date Yes No Net
YouGov/Telegraph 22/02/06 21 63 -42
YouGov/Telegraph 08/07/05 33 56 -23
Populus/Times 19/04/05 49 47 +2
ICM/Reform 02/12/04 56 39 +17

Will ID Cards Help Tackle Benefit Fraud?

ICM: Agreement with statements: D cards will help to prevent benefit fraud, or ID cards will inevitably be forged which will undermine their effectiveness against fraud
YouGov: A number of purposes have been suggested for identity cards. Do you think identity cards would or would not help to achieve the following objectives? Cut down on benefit fraud, by making it more difficult for people to claim state benefits that they are not entitled to…
  Survey End Date Yes No Net
YouGov/Telegraph 22/02/06 64 29 +35
ICM/Reform 02/12/04 65 32 +33
YouGov/Telegraph 04/09/03 82 13 +69

Will ID Cards Help Control Illegal Immigration?

ICM: Agreement with statements: ID cards will help to control illegal immigration, or we can control immigration by having tougher rules without the need for ID cards
YouGov: A number of purposes have been suggested for identity cards. Do you think identity cards would or would not help to achieve the following objectives? Make it easier for the police and other officials to catch bogus asylum-seekers and people attempting to avoid deportation
  Survey End Date Yes No Net
YouGov/Telegraph 22/02/06 55 35 +20
ICM/Reform 02/12/04 60 36 +24
YouGov/Telegraph 04/09/03 80 14 +66

How Much Are People Willing to Pay?

MORI: The Government is thinking of making the public pay for their ID cards much as we already do for passports and driving licences. How much, if anything, would you be prepared to pay for a national identity card?
ICM: The Government is proposing that everyone will pay for their ID cards on top of the cost of a passport. What is the most you would be willing to pay for an ID card?
  Survey End Date Over £50 £26-£49 Under £25 Nothing
ICM/Reform 02/12/04 2 16 46 31
MORI/Detica 23/03/04 6 14 31 48