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Public Confidence in Official Statistics

Public Confidence in Official Statistics (PCIOS) is a survey of adults in Great Britain. It gathers people’s views on some important sources of data that are used to inform public policy making. This includes things like the census, national crime figures, and data on COVID-19 case numbers. We are interested in whether you are aware of these statistics and how trustworthy you think they are. The survey is conducted by NatCen Social Research on behalf of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). We are currently inviting people to take part in a new online version of this survey.

The survey is not a test of how much you know about statistics! Official statistics are used to inform policies and make decisions that affect everyone. For example: Where should we build new schools? When should we ease social distancing restrictions? What is happening to crime in your local area? We therefore want to hear from members of the public and find out what they think about these statistics.