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

ISBN-10: 0761970452

ISBN-13: 9780761970453

`I've continuously loved examining the British Social Attitudes survey, which indicates what the British humans rather imagine, in place of what reporters and politicians wish to faux they believe' - John Pilger Britain is a well-documented country. we all know much concerning the features of our society - who we're and what we do. we all know less approximately what we predict and think approximately our global and ourselves. The imperative annual British Social Attitudes survey fills this hole. It compiles, describes and reviews on quite a number present social attitudes. the data is derived from interviews performed via the nationwide Centre for Social Research's personal interviewers between a nat

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If on the one hand people become more sympathetic to the Conservatives as they get older, then an ageing population will tend to shift the electoral advantage toward the Conservative Party. If, however, the current pro-Labour political sympathies of younger people turn out to be adhesive, they will in time replace more Conservative generations to the long-term electoral advantage of Labour. There is some solace for the Conservatives in the next table which examines Conservative support among those who do support a party.

However, they tend to favour rationing on the grounds of severity of condition, or cutting non-essential treatments and services, rather than cutting 36 BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES treatments and services purely on cost grounds. Indeed, those with no qualifications at all are the most likely to think that expensive treatments should be given lower priority than cheaper ones. A third (32 per cent) take this view, compared with 20 per cent of graduates. This results in less qualified people being less supportive than average of rationing in principle, yet more supportive of one of the least popular methods of undertaking it.

9 The generation game The pol itical world Age differences in attitudes and behaviour Woefully low turnout at recent elections has raised concerns about levels of political participation among the young and the messages this holds for future levels of political engagement in Britain. That young people are less engaged than older ones is incontrovertible: as the next table shows, the 45-plus age group were some 1 5 percentage points more likely than 1 8-24 year olds to have voted in the 1 997 general election.

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