Survey on probability of plastic pollution in seas in the next 50 years UK 2016-2018

This statistic shows the results of surveys from 2016, 2017 and 2018 on the perceived likelihood of ocean pollution affecting the United Kingdom within the next 50 years. According to the 2018 survey, 81 percent of respondents believed that the seas surrounding the United Kingdom would be full of plastic. By comparison, 71 percent believed there would be floating islands of rubbish.

Perceived likeliness of seas being polluted by plastic in 50 years in the United Kingdom 2016-2018

Oceans full of plasticFloating islands of rubbish
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Release date

September 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

July and August 2018

Number of respondents


Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original surve question: "I’d now like you to imagine the UK in 50 years. How likely or unlikely do you think it is that each the following could happen if there isn’t an increase in the amount of waste that is recycled or used to 10 create energy? Results for Likely to happen."

* n(2016)=1,500; n(2017)=1,500; n(2018)=1,879

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