The British Social Attitudes Survey

The British Social Attitudes Survey is a large annual survey run by the National Centre for Social Research. It’s now in it’s 30th year and NatCen have put a lot of effort into promoting this year’s iteration. As they describe the survey,

Each year NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey asks over 3,000 people what it’s like to live in Britain and what they think about how Britain is run.

Since 1983 we’ve been measuring and tracking changes in people’s social, political and moral attitudes.

The survey is a critical gauge of public opinion, and is used by the Government, journalists, opinion formers and academics.

Celebrating 30 years of British Social Attitudes

This is a special year for British Social Attitudes; 2013 marks the publication of our 30th annual report.

To celebrate 30 years of NatCen’s British Social Attitudes we’ve launched a brand new interactive data tool, which lets you explore 30 years of data on attitudes to welfare, morality, politics, NHS and the environment.

Helping the nation

We’re a charity and we want our research to reach as many organisations trying to improve life in the UK as possible.

That’s why NatCen’s British Social Attitudes is freely available online and available as an ePUB.

The ‘gold standard’ of survey series

Every year, we ask people to take part in British Social Attitudes on the basis of random probability sampling.

This technique ensures that everyone has an equal chance of being picked to take part, so the results are representative of the British population.

And because we repeat many of the same questions over time, we’re able to identify real changes in people’s social attitudes.

In this video Alison Park, Co-Director of British Social Attitudes,  gives a quick overview of some of the highlights of 30 years of NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey.

However the reason we’re posting this is not simply to sign post the fact this survey exists but instead as a preamble to the simple act of posting the URL for the wonderful site NatCen have put together where you can play around with 30 years of British Social Attitudes data. Apologies in advance for the time you’re likely to waste with this: http://www.bsa-30-data.natcen.ac.uk/

Any thoughts on the data? As always comments very welcome, leave them in the box below.


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