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Audit of Political Engagement 1-10, 2003-2012: Combined Data

Title details

SN: 7404
Title: Audit of Political Engagement 1-10, 2003-2012: Combined Data
Alternative title: APE
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7404-1
Series: Audit of Political Engagement, 2003-
Depositor: Hansard Society
Principal investigator(s): Hansard Society
Data collector(s): Ipsos MORI
TNS BMRB
Sponsor(s): Electoral Commission
House of Commons Library
Ministry of Justice
Cabinet Office

Citation

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Hansard Society. (2013). Audit of Political Engagement 1-10, 2003-2012: Combined Data. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7404, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-7404-1. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0

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Subject Categories

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 1-10, 2003-2012: Combined Data includes data from 10 years of Audit surveys in one data file.

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
The Combined Data only includes the core questions.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: December 2003 - December 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 2003-2012 (non-core data includes some 16-17 year olds).
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Quota sample
Number of units: 15,004 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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AGEAGEBRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
CARSCHIEF INCOME EARNERSCHILDREN
CHILDRENCITIZENSHIPCOMMUNITY ACTION
COMMUNITY COHESIONCOMMUNITY LIFECOMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
COUNCILLORSDECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTDECISION MAKING
DEMOCRACYDEMONSTRATIONS (PROTESTS)DISCUSSIONS
DONATIONS TO CHARITYECONOMIC ACTIVITYECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ELECTION CAMPAIGNSELECTION CAMPAIGNSELECTORAL SYSTEMS
ELECTORAL VOTINGELECTORSELECTORS
EMPLOYMENTETHNIC GROUPSETHNIC GROUPS
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTEUROPEAN UNIONEUROPEAN UNION
FUND-RAISINGFUND-RAISINGGENDER
GENDERGOVERNING BOARDS (EDUCATION)GOVERNING BOARDS (ORGANIZATIONS)
GREAT BRITAINHOUSEHOLD INCOMEHOUSEHOLDS
HOUSEHOLDSHOUSING TENUREINSTITUTIONS
INTERNATIONAL TRAVELINTERNET ACCESSJOURNALISM
LEGISLATURELEGISLATURELOBBYING
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CANDIDATESLOCAL GOVERNMENT CANDIDATESLOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
LOCAL GOVERNMENTLOCAL GOVERNMENTMAGISTRATES
MARITAL STATUSMEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTMEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
NATIONAL ELECTIONSNEWS TRANSMISSIONNEWSPAPER READERSHIP
NEWSPAPER READERSHIPNEWSPAPERSNON-VIOLENT PROTESTS
PETITIONINGPETITIONINGPOLITICAL ACTION
POLITICAL ALLEGIANCEPOLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL ATTITUDES
POLITICAL AWARENESSPOLITICAL AWARENESSPOLITICAL CAMPAIGNS
POLITICAL CHANGEPOLITICAL INFLUENCEPOLITICAL INTEREST
POLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL ISSUESPOLITICAL OPPOSITION
POLITICAL PARTICIPATIONPOLITICAL PARTICIPATIONPOLITICAL SCIENCE EDUCATION
POLITICAL SYSTEMSPOLITICAL THEORYQUALIFICATIONS
QUALIFICATIONSRURAL AREASSATISFACTION
SATISFACTIONSOCIAL ATTITUDESSOCIAL CLASS
SOCIAL ISSUESSOCIAL PARTICIPATIONSOCIAL PROTEST
SOCIAL PROTESTSTATUS IN EMPLOYMENTSTRIKES
TELEVISION PROGRAMMESTRAVELTRUST IN GOVERNMENT
TRUST IN GOVERNMENTUNITED KINGDOMUPPER HOUSE
URBAN AREASVOLUNTARY ACTIVISTSVOLUNTARY WORK
VOLUNTARY WORKVOTING BEHAVIOURVOTING BEHAVIOUR
VOTING INTENTIONVOTING INTENTIONVOTING
VOTING

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 17 October 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
Contact: Get in touch

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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
Data Notes 7404audit_of_political_engagement_1-10_data_notes.pdf 138
Questionnaires Audits 1-10 7404questionnaires1-10.pdf 370
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7404_Information.htm 6
READ File read7404.htm 10

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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