The majority (59%) of the public believe that businesses and organisations such as charities, trade unions and pressure groups should be able to meet with MPs and ministers with the intention of promoting ideas to inform and influence public policy. 52% believe that lobbying can help create better policy and law.
The findings are the results of research by Opinium on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). It also found that two-thirds (67%) of UK adults think the public should know more about lobbyists seeking to influence MPs and ministers.
Lobbying policy paper
The research supports the CIPR’s new policy position paper on lobbying in the UK. The paper outlines CIPR’s long-held position that the lobbying register should be expanded to capture all lobbying activity. It outlines the CIPR’s commitment in continuing to call for more transparency and ethical practice within the industry. It also announces a new partnership with I Have A Voice to support their work engaging young people with politics.
Just 9% of people surveyed disagreed with the idea that Businesses and organisations such as charities, trade unions and pressure groups should be able to meet with MPs and Ministers with the intention of promoting ideas to inform and influence public policy. Just 11% disagreed with the statement that engaging with businesses and organisations such as charities, trade unions and pressure groups can help create better public policy and law by influencing MPs and Ministers through lobbying.
The CIPR will be discussing the issue of lobbying at this forthcoming event ‘What could changes to lobbying legislation mean to those who are lobbied?’. The speakers are Dame Angela Eagle MP and Dr Hannah White, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government. It is on 20 May at 12.30 – 2pm. Registration is free.
Lobbying research by CIPR and Opinium
The survey was commissioned by the CIPR and conducted by Opinium between March 9-12, 2021. Over 2000 members of the public were surveyed.