The annual British Social Attitudes survey is carried out by Britain's largest independent social research organisation, NatCen Social Research. It provides an indispensable guide to political and social issues in contemporary Britain, summarising and interpreting data from the most recent nationwide survey, as well as drawing invaluable comparisons with the findings of previous years to provide a richer picture and deeper understanding of changing British social values.
The 28th Report sits on a cusp: reflecting people's experiences of Britain under Labour, but also informed by their hopes, fears and expectations of life under the Coalition. Areas covered include an analysis of Britain's democratic health, as well as an exploration of views about key policy areas such as the NHS, education, transport and welfare. It also examines the extent to which attitudes to the environment are changing over time, as well as Britain's changing religious identity.
The British Social Attitudes survey report is essential reading for anyone seeking a guide to the topical issues and debates of today or engaged in contemporary social and political research.
Alison joined NatCen in 1991, after completing an M.Phil. in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford. Her core areas of research are social, political and moral attitudes and values. As Head of Society and Social Change, Alison manages the team responsible for the British Social Attitudes Survey series. These annual surveys focus on people's attitudes towards a wide range of issues, and the results form the basis of an annual book, published by Sage. Alison is closely involved with the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), a cross-national study of social attitudes, and is the ESRC-funded UK Co-ordinator for the 2002 to 2012 rounds of the European Social Survey. She makes regular radio and television contributions concerning social trends, and was a member of the 2003 Fabian Society Commission on the Future of the Monarchy. Elizabeth Clery is Senior Researcher at NatCen and Co-Director of the British Social Attitudes survey series John Curtice is a Research Consultant at the Scottish Centre for Social Research, Deputy Director of CREST, and Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University.
Bridging the Gulf? Britain's Democracy after the 2010 Election - John Curtice On the Road to Divergence? Trends in Public Opinion in Scotland and England - John Curtice and Rachel Ormston Private Schools and Public Divisions: The Influence of Fee-Paying Education on Social Attitudes - Geoffrey Evans and James Tilley Parental Freedom to Choose and Educational Equality - Sonia Exley A Limit to Expansion? Attitudes to University Funding, Fees and Opportunities - Anna Zimdars, Alice Sullivan and Anthony Heath Concern about Climate Change: A Paler Shade of Green? - Eleanor Taylor Congested Britain? Public Attitudes to Car Use - Eleanor Taylor Homes, Planning and Changing Policies - Glen Bramley Taking the Pulse: Attitudes to the Health Service - Elizabeth Clery Growing up in Britain - Elizabeth Clery Fewer Children in Poverty: Is It a Public Priority? - Elizabeth Clery Losing Faith? - Lucy Lee