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British Social Attitudes: The 23rd Report by Alison Park

By Alison Park

The British Social Attitudes survey sequence is conducted by way of Britain's greatest autonomous social learn institute, the nationwide Centre for Social study. It presents an vital advisor to present political and social concerns in modern Britain. This, the twenty third record, describes the result of the newest nation-wide survey, together with research of the subsequent parts: civil liberties; Social identities; incapacity; Political admire; Employment relatives and future health.

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Those who feel a sense of community with fellow Britons are only five points more likely to say that it is “very” or “quite” important to have a monarchy than are those who do not feel British at all. However, there are somewhat larger differences – and in the direction we anticipated – so far as attitudes towards the present system of governing Britain are concerned. Those for whom being British is part of an imagined community are 10 points more likely than those who do not feel British to feel that the country is governed well, if not extremely well, and six points more likely than those who say they are British but do not feel particularly close to other British people.

Male, 53] Another expressed similar sentiments: I get quite cross. I’m not allowed on a form to be anything other than white British. If I was Jamaican, I would be allowed to be British Jamaican, British Indian, British African, and have a nationality. I am not British Welsh, British Scottish, or British Irish so I’ve lost my country, I’ve lost my nationality. [female, 64] So alongside the decline in strength of adherence to a party or a religion, there has evidently also been at least something of a decline in people’s strength of adherence to a British national identity as well.

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