In-house bosses 'disengaged': poll

More than a quarter of in-house comms chiefs are dissatisfied with their organisation's level of engagement with the political process, acc­ording to a poll.

Precise Public Affairs surveyed 60 directors of comms, public affairs and corporate affairs at FTSE-listed business and major NGOs.

Seventy-five per cent of res­pondents said the political process was ‘highly relevant' to their organisation. But only 27 per cent of respondents said they were ‘highly satisfied' with their level of engagement with the political process. A further 45 per cent of respondents were ‘somewhat satisfied'.

Sixty-four per cent of respondents believed it to be ‘highly beneficial' for their organisation to be engaged with the political process, but 18 per cent believed it ‘neither beneficial nor detrimental'.

The survey nonetheless showed a widespread use of lobbyists, with some 82 per cent of respondents using a PA consultancy.

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