NatCen report: British Social Attitudes

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The 35th edition of the NatCen British Social Attitudes survey asks: How will Britain navigate the global, social, economic and Brexit challenges of the near future?

The report finds out what British people think about the major challenges facing the country today. It finds, in summary:

  • The British public are not as worried about major global challenges as the experts who work on them, including climate change and new technology replacing jobs.
  • Age and education are major dividing lines in how we voted in the 2016 referendum and the 2017 General Election.
  • On social issues, divides are narrowing, and our trust in one another is as high as it has ever been.
  • People increasingly want a new spending settlement on public services. Most people feel the NHS has a major funding problem and a large proportion want to see the minimum wage increased.
  • The public is divided into two evenly sized groups who have coalesced around opposing views of the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Read the key findings.

Read the report in full.

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