Public opposition to Trident replacement

Poll after poll shows that a consistent majority of the British population are against nuclear weapons. Here is a selection of polls from the last few years:

79% of respondents to a Guardian poll in April 2014 did not think the UK should replace Trident.

In a February 2014 ComRes poll, 65% said they would feel uncomfortable living near a nuclear weapons base and 64% think there should be an international convention banning nuclear weapons.

63% of the public said they'd back scrapping Trident to reduce the deficit in a BPIX survey for The Mail on Sunday in June 2010.

58% of people say that ‘given the state of the country's finances, the Government should scrap the Trident nuclear missile system’ in an Independent/ComRes poll of September 2009 (Table 7)

54% of the public say Britain should "no longer have any nuclear deterrent" in a Guardian/ICM poll of July 2009 (Table 8)

Only 30% of the public would spend £20bn on Trident when offered alternatives of spending on nurses salaries or affordable homes, in a YouGov poll for The People newspaper from July 2009 (Page 4)

72% of the British public, in a poll in March 2007, did not support the government's plans to replace Trident - More4/Populus poll.

59% of the British public oppose replacing Trident when presented with the cost of £25 billion just to acquire a replacement system. (The equivalent of building around 1,000 new schools at current prices) -ICM poll, July 2006

73% of Scottish people thought it was wrong that £50 billion might be spent on a replacement for Trident.ICM poll, January 2007

64% were against nuclear weapons being based in Scotland for another 50 years. ICM poll, January 2007