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”

Survey Variable: Housing Status

The housing status variable indicates whether respondents own their homes outright or with a mortgage, or rent them from a local authority, private landlord, or housing association. Using weighted data, Figure 1 shows that around a third of respondents (33.6%) owned their homes outright whilst a further third (32.2%) are buying their homes. The remainingContinue reading “Survey Variable: Housing Status”

Survey Variable: Relationship Status

Figure 1 graphs the relationship status variable and shows that a plurality of respondents (45.5%) in the weighted sample are married, with the next largest group being the quarter of respondents (26.4%) who had never been married. There are no answers to be coded as missing values in the variable but it is helpful toContinue reading “Survey Variable: Relationship Status”

Survey Variable: Employment Status

The work status variable indicates the employment statuses of respondents and, as Figure 1 shows, those in full time employment constitute more than half (50.7%) of the weighted sample. Retired people are the second largest group and approach a quarter (23.6%) of respondents. This variable has fewer categories than education level so requires less simplification.Continue reading “Survey Variable: Employment Status”