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British Social Attitudes


The British Social Attitudes survey has been carried out annually since 1983 and is our longest running survey. Over 90,000 people have taken part in the study so far.

Latest release

'Public attitudes towards transport' was published on the Department for Transport's website in January 2017. 

Latest Report

You can visit our dedicated BSA website to read the latest 33rd report, as well as reports going back to BSA 28. The 33rd report, 'Britain Divided? Public attitudes after seven years of austerity' covers the following topics:

Fund questions

It is now possible to fund questions on the British Social Attitudes survey. We are currently finalising questions for the 2017 survey. If you are interested in understanding the views and opinions of the British public, and tapping into 30 years of trend data, please get in touch. 


Every year we ask over 3,000 people what it's like to live in Britain and how they think Britain is run.

New questions are added each year to reflect current issues, but all questions are designed with a view to repeating them periodically to chart changes over time.

The people selected to participate in the survey are chosen using a technique called random probability sampling. This technique ensures that everyone has a fair chance of being picked to take part and the results are representative of the British population. Once selected, participants are interviewed in their homes by one of NatCen’s interviewers.

Data from the study can be downloaded or analysed via the UK Data Archive 

For more information, please contact a member of the British Social Attitudes team

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Visit the dedicated BSA website

BSA 23-27 reports available here