People know more neighbours than previously thought
A poll for the BBC revealed that 77% of people know their neighbour
The first serious poll for many years was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 and contradicted many people's assumptions that nowadays we don't know our neighbours. Carried out by ICM Omnibus, 77% said that they know at least one of their 'immediate neighbours in the sense of something more than exchanging good morning or good afternoon, for example'. Previous surveys have been less reliable and have been more negative than this result.
However, it is still sad that some 23% of people do not know their immediate neighbours in this way, showing a need for something like as street party, especially for newcomers and vulnerable people. At least now anyone planning a street party can feel confident that in fact most people know someone in their street.
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