4 in 5 people believe freedoms are being eroded in Britain

New polling suggests that the British people are staunchly opposed to the big brother legislation being enacted by the government

Top lines from the polling include:

  • In response to the statement “our freedoms are being eroded by a Big Brother state” – 45% of respondents answered ‘strongly agree’ and 34% ‘somewhat agree’

  • Just 16% of those asked supported the use of CCTV cameras capable of recording conversations – such as those trailed in Glasgow earlier this year
  • A staggering 82% of people disagreed that placing microchips in refuse bins to monitor the waste thrown away by households was an acceptable measure to encourage recycling – despite 42 local authorities currently monitoring the habits of over 2 million households

  • 86% of people think that the government can’t be trusted to keep our personal information safe – up from 58% in just 7 years

Big Brother Watch, a new campaign from the founders of the TaxPayers' Alliance fighting intrusions on the privacy and liberties of ordinary Britons, has commissioned survey research which suggests that the British people are finally getting sick and tired of the sort of big brother legislation daily being pushed through Parliament by the Government.

The polling, commissioned by Big Brother Watch and conducted by PoliticsHome, asked 1,353 adults across the UK to give their opinions on various different measures of the big brother state; with some remarkable results (see full breakdown here).

Alex Deane, Director of Big Brother Watch, said:

“Britain is a country rightly known around the world as a cradle of liberty and freedom.  But as these results show, most people now feel that our freedoms are being eroded.

“We are the victims of ever more intrusive policies, pushing more and more into the details of our lives.

“The Government doesn’t seem to care that Big Brother Britain has been rejected by the vast majority of people who live here.

“They continue to pursue expensive and invasive surveillance methods that serve only to create criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens.”


1. For the polling (see full breakdown here) PoliticsHome interviewed 1,353 adults between 20-23 October 2009. Results are weighted by party ID to reflect the UK at large.

2. The comparative results from 2002 to responses to the statement "The Government can be trusted to keep our personal information secure", can be found in The Guardian/ICM Surveillance Survey available online here: //www.icmresearch.co.uk/pdfs/2002_july_guardian_surveillance_survey.pdf#search

3. CCTV cameras capable of recording audio were trialed in Glasgow in February as detailed here: //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7886656.stm

4. Figures on the number of local authorities placing microchips in bins can be found here: //www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthcomment/5002005/Residents-threaten-to-destroy-bin-microchips.html