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'...an authoritative survey of social attitudes' - The day-by-day Telegraph 'The so much finished learn of public opinion' - monetary instances `The Rolls Royce of opinion surveys' - the days The British Social Attitudes survey sequence is conducted by way of Britain's greatest self reliant social study institute, the nationwide Centre for Social study. It presents an crucial advisor to present political and social matters in modern Britain. the main finished assessment of adjusting British social values on hand, the British Social Attitudes survey document is an important examining for an individual looking a advisor to the topical matters and debates of at the present time or engaged in modern social and political learn.

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Two key points emerge. Firstly, as in 1994 and 1998, far fewer young people than adults support or feel close to a political party. In 2003, only eight per cent of young people supported a party (compared with over a third of adults), while a further 26 BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES 13 per cent felt closer to one party than another (compared with over a quarter of adults). As a result, over three-quarters of young people neither support nor feel close to a party, double the rate found among older groups.

Firstly, as in 1994 and 1998, far fewer young people than adults support or feel close to a political party. In 2003, only eight per cent of young people supported a party (compared with over a third of adults), while a further 26 BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES 13 per cent felt closer to one party than another (compared with over a quarter of adults). As a result, over three-quarters of young people neither support nor feel close to a party, double the rate found among older groups. This is not, in itself, surprising, given that theories of party identification stress its development from childhood into early adulthood.

Among this group, the proportion expressing at least some interest in politics has declined by over ten percentage points, an even sharper fall than that which has occurred among 12–19 year olds. The table also suggests that political interest was at something of a high point in the mid-1990s, at 67 per cent among adults as a whole and 58 per cent among Has modern politics disenchanted the young? 25 young adults. So, while it is clear that political interest among young people has fallen since 1994, this might at least partly reflect particularly high levels of interest that year.

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