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Release: Measuring National Well-being, Governance, 2014

Released: 20 February 2014


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Measuring National Well-being

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Categories: Government, People and Places, Central and Local Government, Elections (Local, National and European), Parliamentary Elections, UK Parliamentary Elections

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: International

Geographical breakdown: Country

  • Nearly a quarter (24%) of people aged 15 and over reported that they ‘tended to trust’ the government in the UK in autumn 2013.

  • Those aged 16 to 24 were more likely to state no interest at all in politics (42%) than those aged 65 and over (21%) in the UK in 2011–12.

  • Over 6 in 10 (64%) of adults aged 18 and over in the UK in 2011–12, agreed or strongly agreed that they would seriously be neglecting their duty as a citizen if they didn’t vote.

  • Voter turnout in UK General Elections peaked in 1950 with over 8 in 10 (82%) of the electorate voting, in 2010 the turnout was 61%.

  • A lower proportion (57%) agreed they found politics too complicated to understand in 2012 compared with 69% in 1986 in Great Britain.

  • A lower proportion (60%) agreed that 'voting is the only way to have any say' in 2012, compared with 73% in 1994 in Great Britain.

Information on the selected domains and indicators that measure National Well-being. Articles draw together social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations; they paint a broad picture of UK society today, and how it has been changing.
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