Transport for the North and Ipsos Mori have been tracking the wellbeing of people in the North of England since the start of the year, with the latest results from September showing that the majority, 53%, rank their satisfaction with life as 7 or more out of 10 (where 10 is completely happy) – a significant increase on the 41% in January.
Over the same period, they have become much more optimistic about the future economic prospects of the North of England over the next 12 months, with 54% now very or fairly optimistic compared to 33% in January.
However, while life satisfaction and short-term economic optimism have both shown a steadily more positive trend across the three waves of polling conducted in 2021, Northerners have become less confident about the long-term outlook. Long-term economic optimism has fallen back slightly from 60% to 56% since April (after initially seeing a rise from 51% in January).
TfN is today (20th September) launching its Northern Transport Charter at its annual conference in Leeds, which aims to set out a clear path for more devolution for Northern leaders to help build a New North.