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Audit of Political Engagement 11, 2013

Title details

SN: 7577
Title: Audit of Political Engagement 11, 2013
Alternative title: APE11
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7577-1
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): Ipsos MORI
Sponsor(s): House of Commons
Cabinet Office

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Hansard Society. Parliament and Government Programme. (2014). Audit of Political Engagement 11, 2013. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7577, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-7577-1. 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 11, 2013 (APE 11) explored public attitudes to the conduct of politicians generally and the accountability of MPs in particular. It builds on earlier focus group research talking to members of the public about their perceptions of the political system and what they would most like to change in order to improve it. There was a strong preference in the focus groups, confirmed in APE 10, for MPs to be more accountable. The APE 11 survey examined ideas for what greater accountability might look like in practice. The survey also investigated attitudes to Prime Minister's Question Time (PMQs), finding that the public are far from engaged or content with the most high-profile element of Parliament's work.

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 APE 11, 2013 include: electoral registration; feelings of partisanship; consumption of and attitudes to Prime Minister's Question Time (PMQs); perceptions of politicians; preferred mechanisms for accountability of MPs; attitudes to the European Parliament elections.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: December 2013
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 2013.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Quota sample
Number of units: 1,286 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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AGEAGEBRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
CHILDRENCHILDRENCITIZENSHIP
CIVIC EDUCATIONCOMMUNITY ACTIONCOMMUNITY COHESION
COMMUNITY LIFECOMMUNITY PARTICIPATIONCOUNCIL TAX
COUNCILLORSDECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTDECISION MAKING
DEMOCRACYDEMONSTRATIONS (PROTESTS)DISCUSSIONS
DONATIONS TO CHARITYECONOMIC ACTIVITYECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ELECTION CAMPAIGNSELECTORAL SYSTEMSELECTORAL VOTING
ELECTORSELECTORSEMPLOYMENT
ETHNIC GROUPSETHNIC GROUPSEUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
EUROPEAN UNIONFUND-RAISINGFUND-RAISING
GENDERGENDERGOVERNING BOARDS (EDUCATION)
GOVERNING BOARDS (ORGANIZATIONS)HOUSEHOLD INCOMEHOUSEHOLDS
HOUSEHOLDSHOUSING TENUREINSTITUTIONS
INTERNATIONAL TRAVELINTERNET ACCESSLEGISLATURE
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 SCIENCE EDUCATIONPOLITICAL SYSTEMSPOLITICAL THEORY
PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONSQUALIFICATIONSQUALIFICATIONS
RURAL AREASSATISFACTIONSATISFACTION
SELF-EMPLOYEDSOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL ISSUES
SOCIAL PARTICIPATIONSOCIAL PROTESTSOCIAL PROTEST
STATUS IN EMPLOYMENTSTRIKESTRAVEL
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: 18 November 2014
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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Audit of Political Engagement 11 Report 7577_audit_of_political_engagement_11_2014.pdf 4002
Audit of Political Engagement 11 Questionnaire 7577_audit_of_political_engagement_11_questions.pdf 450
Audit of Political Engagement 11 Report on Public Attitudes to Prime Minister's Questions 7577_tuned_in_or_turned_off_public_attitudes_to_pmqs_2014.pdf 3568
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7577_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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