BBC poll reveals opposition to new licensing regime

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Almost two-thirds of people in Britain fear that extended opening hours will make the country a worse place to live, according to a poll carried out...

Almost two-thirds of people in Britain fear that extended opening hours will make the country a worse place to live, according to a poll carried out for the BBC.

The survey of 1,000 adults by polling organisation ICM found that 26 per cent of people thought it would be better while 12 per cent of people said they did not know.

More than one in three 18-34 yr olds think Britain would be a better place to live but just over four out of five pensioners think it will make things worse.

Only half of people thought that the current closing time of 11pm is not out of date and 46 per cent agreed it was while 4 per cent were unsure.

However, people did not agree that staggered closing hours would cut down on late night disorder. As 67 per cent of people thought anti-social behaviour would increase if pubs stayed open past 11pm.

This latest poll is a stark contrast from The Publican's own Pub Goers Survey of 400 customers revealed that just over half of pub-goers would like to see longer-hours with 17 per cent favouring 24-hour opening all week.

Related topics: Licensing law

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