British Social Attitudes
Every year we ask over 3,000 people what it's like to live in Britain and how they think Britain is run. 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.
BSA informs the development of public policy and is well-used by opinion leaders and social commentators as an important barometer of public attitudes. 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
For our latest findings visit the 30th British Social Attitudes microsite.
- Social and moral attitudes
- Social class
- Gender roles and the family
We have published some chapters early.
Dying: discussing and planning for end of life
- 70% of us are comfortable talking about death, while 13 per cent are uncomfortable.
- Just 5% say they have a living will or advance care plan and only 11% have written plans for their funeral.
- Less than half of people (45%) have discussed what their wishes would be if they did not have long to live.
Public satisfaction with NHS services
- Satisfaction with the way the NHS runs is 61%, following a record fall in satisfaction between 2010 and 2011.
- Satisfaction with A&E services increased from 54% to 59% while satisfaction with outpatient services (64%) and inpatient services (52%) showed little change from 2011.
- Satisfaction with social care services was much lower, at just 30%.
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 email@example.com
British Social Attitudes 30 microsite
British Social Attitudes 29 microsite
Read British Social Attitudes 28 online pdf
BSA 23-27 reports available here