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Metropolitan Police Public Attitudes Surveys, 2000-2017/18

Title details

SN: 7048
Title: Metropolitan Police Public Attitudes Surveys, 2000-2017/18
Alternative title: PAS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7048-15
Depositor: Metropolitan Police Service. Strategy and Performance
Principal investigator(s): Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
Data collector(s): Opinion Research Services
Sponsor(s): Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
Other acknowledgements: From 2000-2011, the survey was conducted by MRUK Research and Opinion Research Services Ltd. BMG Research conducted the survey from April 2011-2014, and Opinion Research Services took over data collection from April 2014.


The citation for this study is:

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime. (2018). Metropolitan Police Public Attitudes Surveys, 2000-2017/18. [data collection]. 7th Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7048,

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Subject Categories

Crime and law enforcement - Law, crime and legal systems
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The Public Attitude Survey (PAS) is a well-established survey that was first conducted in 1983 to give the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) an understanding of the views of residents across London. From April 2014 the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) took responsibility for the survey, which measures Londoners' confidence in the police and provides information that helps to set the strategic direction for policing and support continuous improvement at borough level.

The PAS is a continuous survey, based on a random sample of respondents at pre-selected addresses with a total of 3,200 Londoners normally interviewed face-to-face each quarter to yield an annual sample of 12,800 interviews. The survey is designed to achieve 100 interviews each quarter in the 32 London Boroughs (excluding the City of London) in order to provide a borough-level sample of 400 interviews in any 12-month rolling period. Users should note that data are not currently available for April 2004-December 2005, but commence again in 2006.

For further information, see documentation and the MOPAC data and statistics webpages.

Another MPS survey series, the Metropolitan Police User Satisfaction Survey, is held at the UK Data Archive under SN 7084.

Latest Edition Information
For the seventh edition (June 2018), data and documentation for Quarters 49-52 were added, extending the study coverage to 2017-18.

Main Topics:
Topics covered in the PAS include: local area and community; fear of crime and local crime problems; anti-social behaviour; terrorism; attitudes to policing; victimisation; contact with police; the criminal justice system; communication with the police; general views on the police and the law; demographic details and household information.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 2000 - 2018 - Data are not currently available for April 2004-December 2005, but commence again in 2006.
Dates of fieldwork: 2000 - March 2018
Country: England
Geography: Greater London
Spatial units: London Boroughs
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: Subnational
Residents in each of the 32 London boroughs.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 23 July 2012
Latest edition: 13 June 2018 (7th Edition)
Copyright: Copyright Metropolitan Police Service
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Public Attitude Survey Q1 2015-16 Questionnaire 7048_5345_mopac_pas_questionnaire_final_q1_2015_16_2.pdf 419
Public Attitude Survey Q2 2015 Technical Report 7048_5345_mopac_pas_technical_report_q2_2015-16.pdf 769
Public Attitude Survey 2016-17 Questionnaire 7048_5794mopac_pas_questionnaire_final_q3_2016_17.pdf 482
Public Attitude Survey Q4 2016-17 Technical Report 7048_5835mopac_pas_technical_report_q4_2016-17.pdf 1610
Surveys in the MPS: Londoners' Views Count, November 2013 7048_lvc_quarter_2_13_14.pdf 263
Public Attitude Survey 2015-16 Questionnaire 7048_mopac_pas_questionnaire_2015-16.pdf 509
Public Attitude Survey Q4 2015-16: Technical Report 7048_mopac_pas_technical_report_q4_2015-16.pdf 1253
Public Attitude Survey 1983-2004 Brief History 7048_pashistory_1983to2004.pdf 130
Public Attitude Survey 2000 Questionnaire 7048_pasqaire_2000.pdf 208
Public Attitude Survey 2001 Questionnaire 7048_pasqaire_2001.pdf 210
Public Attitude Survey 2002 Questionnaire 7048_pasqaire_2002.pdf 256
Public Attitude Survey 2003-4 Questionnaire 7048_pasqaire_2004.pdf 748
Public Attitude Survey April 2012 Questionnaire 7048_pasqaire_apr2012.pdf 299
Public Attitude Survey September 2012: Questionnaire 7048_pasqaire_sept2012.pdf 2457
Public Attitude Survey 2011 Technical Report 7048_pas_technicalreport_2011.pdf 1088
Public Attitude Survey 2012 Technical Report 7048_pas_technicalreport_2012.pdf 1000
Public Attitude Survey 2017-18 Technical Report 7048_pas_technical_report_q4_2017-18.pdf 1660
Public Attitude Survey 2013-14 Technical Report 7048_pas_tech_report_2013_qtr_35_with_map.pdf 1047
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7048_Information.htm 6
READ File read7048.htm 11
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