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Annex: Survey of public awareness

We commissioned YouGov to conduct polling on public awareness of: the Government Equalities Office, the wider Equality Hub and its work (compared to large well-known departments, the Department for Health and Social Care and the Cabinet Office); government work on equalities issues during the pandemic; and the current Minister for Women and Equalities. YouGov surveyed a representative sample of 1,750 adults across Great Britain on 19/20 May. The results are summarised below.

Public awareness of the current Minister for Women and Equalities

Respondents were asked if they could name the current Minister for Women and Equalities. A very large majority (93%) could not name Liz Truss as the current Minister. Only 5% could name Liz Truss as Minister for Women and Equalities.

Public awareness of Liz Truss as Minister for Women and Equalities was higher in London (named by 9% of respondents) and the south of England (6%) than in other regions of England and in Scotland and Northern Ireland (all 4%).

Public awareness of the GEO and its work

Most respondents (59%) had not heard of the GEO. 19% had heard of the GEO but did not know about its work. 16% had heard of the GEO and knew a little about its work. 2% had heard of the GEO and knew a lot about its work.

Awareness of the GEO was higher in older age groups, for example 47% of people aged 65+ had some level of awareness, compared to 34% in the 18–24 age group. Awareness of the GEO was significantly higher in Northern Ireland (54%) than in Scotland (41%) and English regions. The region with the lowest awareness of the GEO was the north of England, where 33% of people had some level of awareness.

Public awareness of the Equality Hub and its work

Public awareness of the Equality Hub and its work was very low. 76% of respondents had not heard of the Equality Hub. Of those who had some level of awareness (18%), most (10%) had heard of the Equality Hub but did not know what it did. 7% of people had heard of the Hub and knew a little about its work. Only 1% had heard of the Hub and knew a lot about what it did.

Awareness of the Equality Hub was slightly higher in London (23% of respondents had some level of awareness) and the south of England (22%) than in other regions and nations of GB. Awareness of the Equality Hub was lowest in Northern Ireland, where 83% of respondents had not heard of the Hub.

Public awareness of the GEO and Equality Hub was much lower than that of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Cabinet Office. A large majority of people had some level of awareness of the DHSC (89%) and the Cabinet Office (90%).

Public awareness of the Government’s work on equalities issues during the pandemic

Most people (67%) had not heard anything about the Government’s work to address equalities issues during the pandemic. 23% of people had heard a little about it. Only 3% of respondents had heard a lot about it.

Public awareness of the Government’s equalities work during the pandemic was greater in London (36% had some level of awareness; 6% had heard a lot about this work) than other regions and nations of GB. People in London had significantly greater awareness than those in the rest of the south of England, where 26% of respondents had some level of awareness and 3% had heard a lot.




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