A new poll by HuffPost UK has revealed that nearly half of people living in Birmingham feel “badly” represented by the national media.
The poll, conducted by YouGov, also revealed that more than 50% of the city don’t trust the government in Westminster – or their local city council – to stand up for their interests.
The survey was conducted ahead of HuffPost UK’s week-long listening project in Birmingham, which will see the entire newsroom of 45 journalists relocate to the city centre in order to better report on the issues affecting local people.
A total of 331 adults living in the city were asked about how well served they feel at a local and national level.
Just 2% of respondents said they trusted Birmingham City Council – the largest council in Europe.
City MP Khalid Mahmood said the figures reflected badly on civic authorities, and called for more to be done to regain the trust of residents.
“The city is too easily overlooked by policymakers in Whitehall, despite our best efforts to champion this region,” he said.
“Brummies are a proud and resilient bunch who are very loyal to their home town despite all the problems they face in their day to day lives.”
Tony Larner, head of news at BirminghamLive, said the results illuminated how Birmingham “is sometimes the forgotten city as far as national media coverage, despite the area being one of the most dynamic in the UK.”
He added: “Issues like an increase in fake news sites has served only to confuse people and as journalists we have a duty to regain people’s trust.”
The YouGov poll was conducted between June 21st and June 26th, and questioned 331 adults, 162 male and 169 women living in Birmingham
Of HuffPost’s listening project, Mahood said it was heartening to see national news organisations moving to the city.
“It shows we are still very relevant city in the news cycle and I hope HuffPost UK’s presence increases the trust people here have of the media.”
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