Survey Variable: Cultural Activities Outside the Home

Beyond its measures of multiple forms of political participation, one of the key strengths of the Capital, Privilege and Political Participation in Britain survey is its detailed measures of three forms of capital: economic, social, and cultural. Whilst the role of people’s economic and social capital in their political participation has been studied a greatContinue reading “Survey Variable: Cultural Activities Outside the Home”

Survey Variable: Work-Based Civic Skills

Respondents who were in work or had worked in the past (n = 1,379) were asked about four skills that they used in their jobs: writing formal emails and letters, participating in decision-making meetings, chairing meetings, and giving presentations. These were the same skills that were asked about in relation to volunteering for political parties,Continue reading “Survey Variable: Work-Based Civic Skills”

Survey Variable: Last Paid Employment

Respondents who indicated that they don’t do any hours of paid work on an average weekday (n = 493) were asked when they last had paid employment. As Figure 1 (above, using weighted data) shows, a majority of these respondents have not had work for at least five years (57.0%). A further two fifths (40.1%)Continue reading “Survey Variable: Last Paid Employment”

Survey Variable: Daily Use of Time

Respondents were asked to indicate approximately how long they spend on a range of common activities during an average weekday. Specifically, they were asked to indicate roughly how many hours they spend sleeping, caring for family, doing housework, doing their job, commuting to work, commuting to study (if applicable), studying (if applicable), looking after themselvesContinue reading “Survey Variable: Daily Use of Time”

Survey Variable: Ranked Reasons for Non-Involvement

In addition to indicating their reasons for not being involved in political acts or organisations, respondents were also asked to rank the reasons that they selected. Again, these questions were only answered by people who do not do any political acts, get involved in any organisations, or both (n = 505). As Figure 1 (above,Continue reading “Survey Variable: Ranked Reasons for Non-Involvement”

Survey Variable: Selected Reasons for Non-Involvement

Respondents who indicated that they didn’t do any political acts or get involved in any organisations (n = 505) were asked to indicate the reasons for their lack of involvement. As Figure 1 (using weighted data) shows, the two most common answers are lack of money and lack of time, which were each selected byContinue reading “Survey Variable: Selected Reasons for Non-Involvement”

Survey Variable: Organisations Supported

Those respondents who indicated that they supported a campaign organisation or a charity (or both) were given the opportunity to write the organisation(s) that they support into an open text box. Far more people (n = 980) indicated that they supported charities than campaign organisations (n = 220), and almost all of those who supportedContinue reading “Survey Variable: Organisations Supported”

Survey Variable: Unpaid Position Length

As with organisation membership, those respondents who indicated that they hold an unpaid position of responsibility in an organisation were asked how long they had held it for. Their answers are presented in Figure 1 (above, using weighted data) and show that taking on an unpaid position of responsibility is a extremely minority pastime.[1] OneContinue reading “Survey Variable: Unpaid Position Length”

Survey Variable: Membership Length

Having asked about involvement with a range of political organisations, the survey asked people who were members of an organisation how long they had held that status. As Figure 1 (above, using weighted data) shows, the vast majority of respondents indicated that they were not members of an organisation and were thus not asked aboutContinue reading “Survey Variable: Membership Length”

Survey Variable: Volunteering

Similarly to donating, respondents who indicated that they volunteered for at least one type of organisation were asked how frequently they did so, and roughly how much time they spent in each instance. Again, those who had indicated that they do not make donations were coded as such (rather than as missing values). Figures 1Continue reading “Survey Variable: Volunteering”