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UK Survey: Political understanding of the public in Great Britain 1986-2012

This statistic shows the level of political understanding of the public in Great Britain from 1986 to 2012. In 2012, 57 percent of respondents agreed that politics is sometimes too complicated to understand what is going on. The source believes* that this indicates that 57 percent of people feel that the running of the country is beyond the reach of the ordinary person. This could imply that these people are more likely to be politically disengaged or apathetic. The trend over this 26 year period is, though, one of decrease.

Sometimes politics and government seem so complicated that a person like me cannot really understand what is going on. Do you agree with this statement?*

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Source

Release date

September 2013

Region

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

1986 to 2012

Number of respondents

1,099 respondents

Age group

18+

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* Information from the source: The statement "taps into whether the running of the country is seen as something elusive, beyond the reach of the ordinary person."
** Number of respondents:
2012: n = 1,099 (weighted)
2004: n = 4,432 (weighted)
1994: n = 1,140 (weighted)
1986: n = 1,548 (weighted)

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