Survey Variable: External Political Efficacy

An important component of people’s perceptions of politics is their view of how open and responsive the political system is to influence by the public. This can be thought of as a key facet of the efficacy of the political system, and views on it are referred to as views on external political efficacy. ThisContinue reading “Survey Variable: External Political Efficacy”

Survey Variable: Perceived Private Education of MPs

Beyond perceptions of their own engagement with politics, people also have perceptions of politics itself. These might relate to how open, responsive, or efficacious the political system is, to the competence of specific politicians, or to the characteristics of politicians overall. Such perceptions can intersect with people’s perceptions of privilege, for instance if they thinkContinue reading “Survey Variable: Perceived Private Education of MPs”

Survey Variable: Types of Property Owned

As mentioned when considering income, that concept needs to be distinguished from wealth, which is the assets that one holds (less one’s liabilities). Assets might take the form of savings, investments, art or, most commonly, property. The latter was asked about in the survey, and respondents indicated whether they owned five types of property: residentialContinue reading “Survey Variable: Types of Property Owned”

Survey Variable: State Benefits Received

Beyond income and ability to keep up with bills, a key indicator of economic capital is whether someone qualifies for support from the state. In the United Kingdom, the state offers a range of different benefits for people who fall below certain financial thresholds or are in circumstances that qualify them for support. Receipt ofContinue reading “Survey Variable: State Benefits Received”

Survey Variable: Keeping up with Bills

When thinking about people’s economic circumstances we need to consider not only their earnings and assets but also their liabilities, such as the bills and payments that they have to make. It is possible for someone with a high income or a great deal of wealth to nevertheless face financial difficulties if they have highContinue reading “Survey Variable: Keeping up with Bills”