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British Social Attitudes

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Latest publication: Attitudes to NHS funding 

A new report reveals that while there is overwhelming support for the funding principles of our health service, British people do not have a strong preference whether NHS-funded hospital treatment is provided by the NHS directly, a private organisation, or a not-for-profit body. 


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.

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

Other publications

32nd Report

An early release from this year's BSA reveals that public satisfaction with the NHS is at the second highest level ever.

You can read the full report on the King's Fund website

31st Report

The 31st report covers: democracy, Scotland, the Independence Referendum, national identity, immigration and benefits.

Read a separate report on public attitudes to new house building, commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government, using data from this year's report.

Early releases from the 31st report include:

30th Report 

The complete 30th British Social Attitudes report is available on its own microsite.

Topics included: politics, welfare, social and moral attitudes, social class, gender roles and the family, dying and the NHS.

You can read a paper, 'The English question', about how England is responding to devolution, which is based on data from the 30th report. 


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

British Social Attitudes 31 microsite

British Social Attitudes 30 microsite

British Social Attitudes 29 microsite

Read British Social Attitudes 28 online pdf

BSA 23-27 reports available here