By Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Lindsey Jarvis, Catherine Bromley
'...an authoritative survey of social attitudes' - The day-by-day Telegraph 'The such a lot complete research of public opinion' - monetary occasions '…the annual survey of British social attitudes - a record arguably extra major than the city and rural white papers rolled jointly ...' - New commence '…fascinating image' - The parent '…a highly-respected annual examine' - day-by-day Mail '…an integral instrument not only for governments, but in addition for contemporary electorate to appreciate their fellows, and themselves larger' - the days better the once a year British Social Attitudes survey presents an vital consultant to present political and social matters in modern Britain. Compiled via Britain's biggest self sufficient social examine institute, the nationwide Centre for Social examine, it describes and studies a huge variety of present social attitudes and values derived from large nation-wide interviews. This twentieth record summarizes and translates information from the latest survey and attracts necessary comparisons with findings of past years. the main complete evaluation of fixing British social values to be had, the British Social Attitudes survey record is an important studying for a person looking a advisor to the topical concerns and debates of this present day or engaged in modern social and political study. Tom Sefton, Centre for the research of Social Exclusion (CASE), London college of Economics John Appleby The Kings' Fund Arturo Alvarez-Rosete, The Kings' Fund Ben Seyd, structure Unit John Curtice, Strathclyde collage Geoffrey Evans, Nuffield university Oxford Rosemary Crompton, urban collage Michaela Brockmann, urban collage Dick Wiggins, urban college Catherine Rothan Oxford college Anthony Heath, Oxford collage Alison Park , nationwide Centre for Social examine Paula Surridge, collage of Bristol Steve Fisher, Oxford collage John Curtice, Strathclyde college Ian Christie, neighborhood Futures workforce Sonia Exley, nationwide Centre for Social study Catherine Bromley, nationwide Centre for Social learn Ted Wragg, Exeter collage Lindsey Jarvis, nationwide Centre for Social learn
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For example, at the beginning of this period higher income groups and Conservative supporters were more supportive of benefits for single parents than lower income groups or Labour supporters. This position had reversed by the end of the period, perhaps because of the changing composition of single parents, in particular the growing proportion of never-married single parents. Attitudes towards social security In his chapter on the 1983 British Social Attitudes survey, Bosanquet noted that the claiming and take-up of benefits generated strongly held opinions with substantial differences along party lines – for example, on questions about the adequacy of benefits and the amount of fraud (Bosanquet, 1984).
The next table shows the proportion of respondents who would like to see more spending on each of these areas, broken down by age group. This shows that the age differential in attitudes towards public spending changed across all areas of spending in the period up to 1996. In the case of health care and old age pensions, support for higher spending fell among 18–34 year olds, but rose among other age groups. In the case of education and unemployment benefits, support for higher spending among the youngest age group either rose by less or fell by more than among older age groups.
British Social Attitudes: Continuity and Change over Two Decades (British Social Attitudes Survey series) by Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Lindsey Jarvis, Catherine Bromley