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British Social Attitudes: Focusing on Diversity,The 17th by Roger Jowell, John Curtice, Alison Park, Katarina Thomson,

By Roger Jowell, John Curtice, Alison Park, Katarina Thomson, Lindsey Jarvis, Catherine Bromley, Nina Stratford

`I've regularly loved interpreting the British Social Attitudes survey, which exhibits what the British humans quite imagine, in preference to what newshounds and politicians wish to faux they suspect' - John Pilger Britain is a well-documented kingdom. we all know much in regards to the features of our society - who we're and what we do. we all know less approximately what we expect and suppose approximately our global and ourselves. The quintessential annual British Social Attitudes survey fills this hole. It compiles, describes and reviews on various present social attitudes. the data is derived from interviews performed by way of the nationwide Centre for Social Research's personal interviewers between a nat

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5. Surveys tend to report higher levels of turnout than do official figures (Heath and Taylor, 1 999). For example, the 1 997 British Election Study (BES) recorded a turnout of 82 per cent (against an official turnout of 72 per cent). One reason for this is that respondents have a tendency to over-report their turnout, perhaps because of guilt. To address this, a validation exercise was carried out on the 1 997 BES which involved checking official records to see whether or not a respondent was on the Electoral Register and had actually voted.

But a substantial minority do think this should be taken into account - a third think the younger person should get priority, and four in ten that the non-smoker should do so. We also asked which person would currently be likely to get the operation first. As the next table shows, in both scenarios a significant proportion - well over half - believe that such rationing already happens in the NHS and that those who follow a 'healthy lifestyle' or who are younger are given priority. Less than three in ten people think that such criteria are currently irrelevant when doctors are deciding about whom to operate upon first.

A. a. a. = Age '99 not applicable Naturally, the reverse is true for the Labour Party. Their growth in support was recorded in most cohorts alike, and there is a similar hint that generational replacement played a small role, to their relative advantage. Mostly, however, what we have seen at work is the age-old pendulum of politics swinging at its usual unpredictable speed. Government spending and welfare Age differences in attitudes One likely consequence of a growing ratio of older people to younger people in Britain is that the extra demand for social security and health expenditure will have to be met in large part from tax revenues generated by a shrinking working The generation game 15 population.

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