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Political apathy in Great Britain 1983-2011

This statistic shows the percentage of people who did not engage in any non-electoral political activities in Great Britain from 1983 to 2011. In 2011, this was 55 percent of respondents.This meamparing the figures for the entire 28 year psure of political apathy shows an increase from 1991 to 2011. When coeriod, however, we see a 7 percent decrease.

Political apathy: Percentage of people who did not engage in any non-electoral political activities in Great Britain from 1983 to 2011*

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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

* 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 the following options:
Contact my MP or MSP
Speak to an influential person
Contact a government department
Contact radio, TV or a newspaper
Sign a petition
Raise the issue in an organisation I already belong to
Go on a protest or demonstration
Form a group of like-minded people
None of these

The figures here are for those respondents who chose "none of these" as their answer.
**Number of respondents:
2011: n = 2,198 (weighted)
2002: n = 2,285 (weighted)
1991: n = 1,422 (weighted)
1983: n = 533 (weighted)

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