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Audit of Political Engagement 9, 2011

Title details

SN: 7098
Title: Audit of Political Engagement 9, 2011
Alternative title: APE9
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7098-1
Series: Audit of Political Engagement, 2003-
Depositor: Hansard Society. Parliament and Government Programme
Principal investigator(s): Hansard Society. Parliament and Government Programme
Data collector(s): TNS-BMRB
Sponsor(s): House of Commons Library
Cabinet Office

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Hansard Society. Parliament and Government Programme. (2012). Audit of Political Engagement 9, 2011. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7098, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-7098-1. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0

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Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics

Abstract

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The Audit of Political Engagement is a time-series study providing an annual benchmark to measure political engagement in Great Britain, gauging public opinion about politics and the political system, and more broadly the general health of our democracy. Each Audit report presents the findings from a public opinion survey, providing detailed commentary on a range of measures that have been chosen as key measures of political engagement. Repeating questions in successive years enables us to chronicle the public's responses year on year and track the direction and magnitude of change since the Audit was first published in 2004, building trend data on public attitudes to key aspects of our democracy.

The Audit looks at core inter-locking areas that are known as vital facets, or 'building blocks', of political engagement. Given the multi-dimensional nature of political engagement, the indicators chosen are not exhaustive, but in capturing aspects of public behaviour, knowledge, opinions, attitudes and values towards politics they help us understand the drivers of political engagement and the relationships between them. Across the Audit series several 'core' indicator questions have been asked each year, supplemented by a range of thematic and topical questions, some of which are re-visited on two- or three-year cycles.

Further information about the survey series is available from the Hansard Society Audit of Political Engagement webpages.

The Audit of Political Engagement 9, 2011 provides an update of the six core indicators. A year ago, Audit 8 reflected on a growing sense of indifference to politics. The greater levels of interest in and perceived knowledge of politics in an election year had not been matched by greater satisfaction with, or a greater engagement in, the political process beyond a slight increase in turnout itself. The 2011 Audit suggests that indifference has hardened into something more significant, and disturbing. Trends in interest and knowledge are downward, sharply so in some cases.

The 2011 Audit also examined two political models: 'stealth democracy' and 'sunshine democracy'. The findings are discussed in the following paper:
Stoker, G. and Hay, C. 'Comparing folk theories of democratic politics: stealth and sunshine', paper presented at the Political Studies Association (PSA UK) Annual Conference, Belfast, April 3-5, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012 from http://www.psa.ac.uk/journals/pdf/5/2012/10_144.pdf

In addition to the quantitative survey, the 2011 Audit drew on the findings of 14 focus groups held across the country between November 2011 and March 2012, which explored public attitudes to politics and the democratic process. These are available from the UK Data Archive under SN 7855 - Anti-Politics: Characterising and Accounting for Political Disaffection, 2011-2012.

Main Topics:
The core indicators of political engagement covered in every survey aim to discover the percentage of people who:
  • feel they know about politics
  • are interested in politics;
  • are absolutely certain to vote at an immediate general election
  • have undertaken a range of political activities
  • believe that getting involved in politics is effective
  • think that the present system of governing works well
Questions asked regularly but not every year aim to discover the percentage of people who:
  • are satisfied with MPs in general, with their own MP, with the UK Parliament
  • agree that the UK Parliament holds government to account, encourages public involvement in politics, is essential to our democracy, debates and makes decision on issues that matter to me
  • feel involved in local/national decision-making
  • want to be involved in local/national decision-making
Topics covered in 2011 included: political engagement indicators; Parliament, MPs and constitutional matters; civic engagement, local participation and the 'Big Society'; politics and the media; two political models: 'sunshine democracy' and 'stealth democracy' (see the paper referenced in the Abstract section); and demographics.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: December 2011 - January 2012
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults aged 18 years and over resident in Great Britain during December 2011-January 2012.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Quota sample
Number of units: December 2011 fieldwork: 1,193 cases. January 2012 fieldwork: 1,261 cases.
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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AGEAGEBIG SOCIETY (POLICY)
BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIESBUSINESS TRIPSCARE OF DEPENDANTS
CARSCHILDRENCHILDREN
CITIZENSHIPCLUBSCOMMUNITY ACTION
COMMUNITY COHESIONCOMMUNITY LIFECOMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
COUNCIL TAXCOUNCILLORSDEBILITATIVE ILLNESS
DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTDECISION MAKINGDEMOCRACY
DEMONSTRATIONS (PROTESTS)DONATIONS TO CHARITYECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ECONOMIC ACTIVITYELECTION CAMPAIGNSELECTORAL SYSTEMS
ELECTORAL VOTINGELECTORSELECTORS
EMPLOYMENTETHNIC GROUPSETHNIC GROUPS
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTEUROPEAN UNIONFUND-RAISING
FUND-RAISINGGENDERGENDER
GOVERNING BOARDS (EDUCATION)GOVERNING BOARDS (EDUCATION)GOVERNING BOARDS (ORGANIZATIONS)
GOVERNING BOARDS (ORGANIZATIONS)HOUSEHOLD INCOMEHOUSEHOLDS
HOUSEHOLDSHOUSING TENUREINSTITUTIONS
INTERNAL POLITICSINTERNATIONAL TRAVELLEGISLATURE
LEGISLATURELOBBYINGLOCAL GOVERNMENT CANDIDATES
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CANDIDATESLOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONSLOCAL GOVERNMENT
LOCAL GOVERNMENTMAGISTRATESMARITAL STATUS
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTMEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTNATIONAL ELECTIONS
NEWSPAPER READERSHIPNEWSPAPER READERSHIPNEWSPAPERS
NON-VIOLENT PROTESTSPETITIONINGPETITIONING
PLACE OF BIRTHPOLITICAL ACTIONPOLITICAL ALLEGIANCE
POLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL AWARENESS
POLITICAL AWARENESSPOLITICAL CHANGEPOLITICAL INFLUENCE
POLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL ISSUES
POLITICAL OPPOSITIONPOLITICAL PARTICIPATIONPOLITICAL PARTICIPATION
POLITICAL SYSTEMSPOLITICAL THEORYPROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS
QUALIFICATIONSQUALIFICATIONSRURAL AREAS
SATISFACTIONSATISFACTIONSELF-EMPLOYED
SOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL ISSUESSOCIAL PARTICIPATION
SOCIAL PROTESTSOCIAL PROTESTSTATUS IN EMPLOYMENT
STRIKESTELEPHONESTRAVEL
TRUST IN GOVERNMENTTRUST IN GOVERNMENTUNITED KINGDOM
UNITED KINGDOMUPPER HOUSEURBAN AREAS
VOLUNTARY ACTIVISTSVOLUNTARY WORKVOLUNTARY WORK
VOTING BEHAVIOURVOTING BEHAVIOURVOTING INTENTION
VOTING INTENTIONVOTINGVOTING

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 05 September 2012
Copyright: Copyright Hansard Society
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is not required.
Please note: These data are available to any user for any purpose under the Open Government Licence
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

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APE 9 Report, Part 1 7098_audit_of_political_engagement_9_part_one.pdf 6630
APE 9 Report, Part 2, Media and Politics 7098_audit_of_political_engagement_9_part_two_the_media_and_politics.pdf 3039
APE 9 Questionnaire 7098_audit_of_political_engagement_9_questionnaire.pdf 469
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7098_Information.htm 6
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Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
Electoral Commission and Hansard Society (2004) An Audit of Political Engagement, London: Electoral Commission/Hansard Society.

Electoral Commission and Hansard Society (2005) An Audit of Political Engagement 2, London: Electoral Commission/Hansard Society.

Electoral Commission and Hansard Society (2006) An Audit of Political Engagement 3, London: Electoral Commission/Hansard Society. ISBN: 978 1 904363 78 1.

Electoral Commission and Hansard Society (2007) An Audit of Political Engagement 4, London: Electoral Commission/Hansard Society.

Hansard Society (2008) Audit of Political Engagement 5: the 2008 report, London: Hansard Society.

Hansard Society (2009) Audit of Political Engagement 6: the 2009 report, London: Hansard Society. ISBN: 978 0900432 44 6.

Hansard Society (2010) Audit of Political Engagement 7: the 2010 report, London: Hansard Society.

Hansard Society (2011) Audit of Political Engagement 8: the 2011 report, London: Hansard Society. ISBN: 978 0900432 79 8.

Hansard Society (2012) Audit of Political Engagement 9: the 2012 report: part one, London: Hansard Society. ISBN: 978 0900432 83 5.

Hansard Society (2012) Audit of Political Engagement 9: the 2012 report: part two: the media and politics, London: Hansard Society. ISBN: 978 0900432 84 2.

Stoker, G. and Hay, C. 'Comparing folk theories of democratic politics: stealth and sunshine', paper presented at the Political Studies Association (PSA UK) Annual Conference, Belfast, April 3-5, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012 from http://www.psa.ac.uk/journals/pdf/5/2012/10_144.pdf

Hansard Society (2013) Audit of Political Engagement 10: the 2013 report, London: Hansard Society. ISBN: 978 0900432 88 0.

Hansard Society (2014) Audit of Political Engagement 11: The 2014 report with a focus on the accountability and conduct of MPs, London: Hansard Society. ISBN 978 0900432 93 4.

Hansard Society (2014) Tuned in or Turned off? Public attitudes to PMQs, London: Hansard Society.

Hansard Society (2017) Audit of Political Engagement 14: The 2017 report, London: Hansard Society. ISBN: 978-1-911011-01-9.

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