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2010 Omnibus Survey on Public attitudes and behaviours towards the environment

The 2010 omnibus survey gives a picture of reported beliefs, attitudes and behaviours for people in England, through 1700 face to face interviews. This omnibus survey builds on previous Defra surveys of attitudes and behaviours towards the environment. The survey covers new areas identified as relevant to policy development, as well as assessing change in responses to the set of wellbeing questions used in the 2007 survey. 

2010 Wellbeing update

The 2010 Wellbeing update provides survey results of people in England’s subjective life satisfaction. The updated measures cover overall life satisfaction, satisfaction with different aspects of their lives, the occurrence of positive and negative feelings and engagement in positive activities.

This survey updates data collected in the 2007 survey – details of which can be found lower on this page.

2009 Survey of Public Attitudes and Behaviours towards the Environment

The 2009 survey gives a representative picture of what people in England think, and how they behave, across a range of issues relevant to the environment including:

  • Knowledge of and attitudes towards the environment
  • Energy and water use in the home
  • Purchasing behaviours
  • Recycling, composting and reusing waste
  • Food and food waste
  • Travel behaviours and attitudes
  • Carbon offsetting
  • Biodiversity and green space
  • Volunteering behaviours
  • Wellbeing

The survey follows from previous environmental surveys run by Defra and its predecessors in 1986, 1989, 1993, 1996-7, 2001 and 2007. The 2009 survey was commissioned jointly by Defra and the Energy Saving Trust and consisted of 2,009 face to face interviews in people’s homes during the Spring. Additional questions were included in an omnibus survey consisting of 1,772 face to face interviews. Both the main survey and omnibus survey were administered under contract by TNS Global Market Research.

2007 survey

Headline results from a selection of the 2007 survey questions were released on 27th July 2007 (covering wellbeing) and 14th August 2007 (covering attitudes, behaviour and wellbeing):

Some selected results are comparable with the previous surveys and provide trends in certain behaviours and attitudes such as the proportion of people who say they regularly recycle various materials. However, the majority of questions are new for the 2007 survey which has been improved and re-focused so that it is relevant to today's policy agenda.

2007 survey: Full report

A full report containing all the results from the 2007 survey was completed by BMRB in conjunction with Defra statisticians, and was released on 2nd November 2007. The full report can be seen here:

The data tables have been divided into sections:

Anonymised raw data has been placed in the UK Data Archive under reference SN5741

References, further reading and links to other resources:

2001 survey

A PDF version is available from this link (785kb) The PDF version includes all text, graphics, annexes and data. Colour, A4 format, 154 pages.
Download summarised data in Archive (ZIP 410kb)

1996/7 survey

UK Data Archive (UKDA) holds the data collected during the surveys:

The UK Data Archive (UKDA) provides resource discovery and support for secondary use of quantitative and qualitative data in research, teaching and learning as a lead partner of the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS).

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Page last modified: 2 September 2010
Page published: 2 November 2007