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|Title:||Audit of Political Engagement 10, 2012|
|Series:||Audit of Political Engagement, 2003-|
|Depositor:||Hansard Society. Parliament and Government Programme|
Hansard Society. Parliament and Government Programme
House of Commons Library
University of Southampton. School of Social Sciences. Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.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 10, 2012 explored how the public think about politics, how complex they perceive it to be, and what impact this has both on how they view education about politics and their priorities for political reform. It also examined what types of political action citizens might be prepared to undertake if they felt strongly about an issue.
The previous year's report, Audit 9, found a 'disgruntled, disillusioned and disengaged' public, turning away from politics. Across almost every area of engagement examined by the Audit the trends were downward, in many instances to the lowest levels ever recorded in the Audit series. Would this downward trend be reinforced in Audit 10, or prove to be a one-off blip? The answer is that across many indicators – interest, knowledge, efficacy and satisfaction – the results remain largely unchanged. Indeed, many of the results of Audit 10 suggest a growth in the public's sense of indifference to politics.
The core indicators of political engagement covered in every survey aim to discover the percentage of people who:
|Topics covered in 2012 included: additional attitudinal questions about politics, preferences for political reform, perceptions of Parliament, activities undertaken in relation to Parliament, desire to have learned more about politics in the past, desire for local and national involvement in decision-making and electoral registration.|
|Dates of fieldwork:||14 December 2012 - 18 December 2012|
Government Office Regions
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
Adults aged 18 years and over resident in Great Britain during December 2012.
Repeated cross-sectional study
|Number of units:||1,128 cases|
|Method of data collection:||
|Weighting:||Weighting used. See documentation for details.|
|AGE||AGE||BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES|
|CIVIC EDUCATION||COMMUNITY ACTION||COMMUNITY COHESION|
|COMMUNITY LIFE||COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION||COUNCIL TAX|
|COUNCILLORS||DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT||DECISION MAKING|
|DONATIONS TO CHARITY||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY|
|ELECTION CAMPAIGNS||ELECTORAL SYSTEMS||ELECTORAL VOTING|
|ETHNIC GROUPS||ETHNIC GROUPS||EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT|
|GENDER||GENDER||GOVERNING BOARDS (EDUCATION)|
|GOVERNING BOARDS (ORGANIZATIONS)||HOUSEHOLD INCOME||HOUSEHOLDS|
|INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL||INTERNET ACCESS||LEGISLATURE|
|LEGISLATURE||LOBBYING||LOCAL GOVERNMENT CANDIDATES|
|LOCAL GOVERNMENT CANDIDATES||LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS||LOCAL GOVERNMENT|
|LOCAL GOVERNMENT||MAGISTRATES||MARITAL STATUS|
|MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT||MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT||NATIONAL ELECTIONS|
|NEWSPAPER READERSHIP||NEWSPAPER READERSHIP||NEWSPAPERS|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||POLITICAL ACTION||POLITICAL ALLEGIANCE|
|POLITICAL ATTITUDES||POLITICAL ATTITUDES||POLITICAL AWARENESS|
|POLITICAL AWARENESS||POLITICAL CHANGE||POLITICAL INFLUENCE|
|POLITICAL INTEREST||POLITICAL INTEREST||POLITICAL ISSUES|
|POLITICAL OPPOSITION||POLITICAL PARTICIPATION||POLITICAL PARTICIPATION|
|POLITICAL SCIENCE EDUCATION||POLITICAL SYSTEMS||POLITICAL THEORY|
|SELF-EMPLOYED||SOCIAL CLASS||SOCIAL ISSUES|
|SOCIAL PARTICIPATION||SOCIAL PROTEST||SOCIAL PROTEST|
|STATUS IN EMPLOYMENT||STRIKES||TRAVEL|
|TRUST IN GOVERNMENT||TRUST IN GOVERNMENT||UNITED KINGDOM|
|UNITED KINGDOM||UPPER HOUSE||URBAN AREAS|
|VOLUNTARY ACTIVISTS||VOLUNTARY WORK||VOLUNTARY WORK|
|VOTING BEHAVIOUR||VOTING BEHAVIOUR||VOTING INTENTION|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||21 August 2013|
|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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|Stata (Zip)||3397[MD5Checksum: ACDA51D358FAC879AED2E118459A9A84]|
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|Title||File Name||Size (KB)|
|APE 10 Questionnaire 2012||7373_audit_of_political_engagement_10_questionnaire.pdf||598|
|APE 10 Report 2013||7373_audit_of_political_engagement_10_report.pdf||4399|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_7373_Information.htm||6|
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.
Resulting from secondary analysis: