Survey Variable: Donating

Those respondents who indicated that they donated to at least one type of organisation were asked to estimate roughly how much they donated in total (across all donations to all organisations that they support) in the last year. Those who had indicated that they do not make donations were coded as such (rather than asContinue reading “Survey Variable: Donating”

Survey Variable: Organisation Civic Skills

Drawing on Verba, Schlozman and Brady’s (1995) seminal Civic Voluntarism Model, the survey asked people whether they had done any activities involving particular skills for the organisations that they supported. This was to see whether (and how many) people utilise and sustain civic skills when getting involved with the organisations that they support. Specifically, theyContinue reading “Survey Variable: Organisation Civic Skills”

Survey Variable: Organisation Recruitment

As with political acts, after asking about involvement with organisations (by donating, volunteering, becoming a member, or holding an unpaid position) the survey asked about requests to get involved (in those same ways). Again, people were asked whether they had received recruitment requests from a range of people or organisations, and their answers are graphedContinue reading “Survey Variable: Organisation Recruitment”

Survey Variable: Organisation Involvement

Beyond specific political acts, whether already done or prospective, people can have longer-term relationships with organisations that are more or less explicitly political in nature. Specifically, the survey asked about donating, volunteering, membership, and holding unpaid positions. As Figure 1 (above) shows, those activities were asked about in relation to political parties (panel A), tradeContinue reading “Survey Variable: Organisation Involvement”

Survey Variable: Possible Political Acts

Respondents who said that they had never done each of the political acts that they were asked about were subsequently asked whether they would do those acts in future (in relation to an issue that was important to them). As such, each of the panels in Figure 1 (above), which uses weighted data, shows answersContinue reading “Survey Variable: Possible Political Acts”

Survey Variable: Political Acts Recruitment

By far the most common form of recruitment to undertake political acts, as shown in Panel A of Figure 1 (above, using weighted data), is via generic means such mass emails, letters, or social media requests.[1] It is only generic requests and requests from friends (Panel C) that are received by a majority of peopleContinue reading “Survey Variable: Political Acts Recruitment”

Survey Variable: Political Acts

Having considered the voluntary official positions that citizens can hold, we now move onto the specific political (whether explicitly or implicitly so) acts that people can undertake. As shown in Figure 1 (above), which uses weighted data, there is quite some variation in the frequency with which people engage in such acts.[1] At one endContinue reading “Survey Variable: Political Acts”

Survey Variable: Official Positions

As Figure 1 (above) shows, holding each of the official positions that the survey asked about is a rarity.[1] The most popular option is being a Neighbourhood Watch member (Panel E) but even that position is held by only 4.8% of respondents, with a further 10.4% indicating that they have been a member in theContinue reading “Survey Variable: Official Positions”

Survey Variable: Children in Household

The child status variable indicates how many children live in respondents’ households, and Figure 1 shows that almost three quarters (73.4%) of the weighted sample live in households with no children. This group includes both young people who may not have had children and old people who may have children who have left home (theContinue reading “Survey Variable: Children in Household”

Survey Variable: Household Size

The household size variable indicates how many people live in respondents’ households and Figure 1 shows that slightly more than two fifths (42.8%) of the weighted sample live in two-person households. Further, slightly below one fifth (19.0%) live in three-person households, whilst approaching one third reside in either one-person (16.3%) or four-person (14.6%) households. Together,Continue reading “Survey Variable: Household Size”