About BSA

Every year the British Social Attitudes survey asks over 3,000 people what it's like to live in Britain and how they think Britain is run.

Since 1983 the survey has been tracking people's changing social, political and moral attitudes. It informs the development of public policy and is an important barometer of public attitudes used by opinion leaders and social commentators.  

Pullout quoteBritish Social Attitudes is freely available online because we want our research to reach as many decision makers as possible - to help make people's lives better.

This year for the first time you can also download an ePUB of the report.

The people selected to participate in the survey are chosen using a technique called random probability sampling. This technique ensures that everyone has a fair chance of being picked to take part and the results are representative of the British population.

The survey is led by NatCen Social Research and funded by a variety of charitable and governmental sources each year.

Next year we'll be celebrating 30 years of British Social Attitudes. Please let us know if you've any feedback on how we can improve the report or this website so we make sure 2013 is the best year yet for BSA.   

Find out more

You can read more fascinating insights from British Social Attitudes by visiting the 30th and 31st Report websites. 

Visit the online database  Britsocat for all questions and data from British Social Attitudes between 1983 and 2013.

In the meantime, you can find out about previous years' reports by visiting NatCen's main website.

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