Contacting a government department: political engagement in Great Britain 1981-2011

This statistic shows the percentage of people who contacted a government department in Great Britain from 1983 to 2011. In 2011, 6 percent did this. This kind of political engagement increased by 4 percent from 1983 to 2011. In the survey, participants were asked "have you ever done any of these things about a government action which you thought was unjust and harmful?". Participants were given a number of options. The most common positive response was "signing a petition".

Political engagement: Percentage of people who contacted a government department in Great Britain from 1983 to 2011

Percentage of respondents involved in activity
19832%
19914%
20025%
20116%
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Source

Release date

September 2013

Region

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

1983 to 2011

Number of respondents

2,198 (latest survey, weighted)

Age group

18+

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* Number of respondents:
2011: n = 2,198 (weighted)
2002: n = 2,285 (weighted)
1991: n = 1,422 (weighted)
1983: n = 533 (weighted)
In the survey, participants were asked "have you ever done any of these things about a government action which you thought was unjust and harmful?" Participants were given a number of options, signing a petition being the most common positive response.

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