ESRC's Understanding Society survey published

02 March 2011

The ESRC has published a summary of the first findings of its Understanding Society survey. The longitudinal  survey is one of the largest undertaken in the UK, and follows 40,000 households over time. The summary explores a wide range of issues, from family life to sleep patterns, climate change to participation rates.

Here are some of its findings on participation:

  • people with degree level education are more likely to score highly on the measures of trust, social expenditure and political interest and they are also more ready to invest in energy saving measures in support of the environment
  • social consumption is highest among pensioners
  • neighbourhood participation is more closely related to age, increasing noticeably among people aged 50 and above

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