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Citizenship Survey: April 2010 - March 2011, England

Published 22 September 2011
Type(s) Statistics
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ISBN 9781409831709
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The latest National Statistics from the Citizenship Survey produced by Communities and Local Government were released on Thursday 22 September 2011.

The release includes data covering a range of issues including influencing decisions, volunteering, community cohesion, fear of crime, racial and religious prejudice, discrimination and attitudes toward violent extremism.

Data in this statistical release are based on England, however, some figures are based on England and Wales; these are specifically referenced in the text.

The latest statistics report on the 2010-11 survey (all four quarters of the 2010-11 survey, from April 2010 to March 2011), and update those statistics released on 14 April 2011 (covering the April - December 2010 period).

Key statistics from the release include:

  • In 2010-11, 38 per cent felt they could influence decisions in their local area. However, a higher proportion of people (74 per cent) said it was important for them to be able to influence local decision making, and 44 per cent of people said they would like to be more involved in decisions made by Councils affecting their local area.
  • Thirty-four per cent of people said that they had engaged in civic participation at least once in the 12 months prior to interview. This figure was unchanged on 2009-10 but lower than in any year before then (between 38 per cent and 39 per cent).
  • Twenty-five per cent of people reported that they volunteered formally at least once a month in 2010-11, a lower rate than at any point between 2001 and 2007-08 (when it ranged between 27 per cent and 29 per cent), but unchanged on 2008-09 and 2009-10 levels.
  • Thirty-six per cent of people trusted Parliament either 'a lot' or a 'fair amount', a rise since 2009-10 (29 per cent) when the proportion had dropped relative to all previous years. Sixty-four per cent of people trusted their local council, higher than in all previous years.
  • In 2010-11, 86 per cent of people thought their community was cohesive, agreeing that their local area was a place where people from different backgrounds got on well together. The level was higher than all previous years.
  • Eighty-six per cent of adults in England were satisfied with their local area as a place to live, an increase on previous years: 82 per cent in 2008-09 and 83 per cent in 2009-10.
  • Seventy-seven per cent of people thought that the number of immigrants coming to Britain should be reduced; whilst three per cent thought the number should be increased.
  • More people said they were not at all worried about being a victim of crime in 2010-11 (22 per cent) than in all previous years (between 10 per cent and 20 per cent).
  • More people said they felt safe ('very safe' or 'fairly safe') walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark in 2010-11 (76 per cent) than in all previous years (between 67 per cent and 74 per cent).
  • In 2010-11, 7 per cent of adults in England felt racial or religious harassment was a 'very' or 'fairly' big problem in their local area. People from ethnic minority backgrounds were more likely than white people to feel that racial or religious harassment was a 'very' or 'fairly' big problem (13 per cent compared with 6 per cent).
  • Forty-four per cent of people thought that there was more religious prejudice today than there was five years ago; this represents a year on year decline since 2008-09 (from 52 per cent in 2008-09 to 46 per cent in 2009-10).
  • Twenty-two per cent of people thought that they would be treated worse than people of other races by at least one of the eight public service organisations measured. Nine per cent of people thought they would be treated worse than people of other races by at least one of the five Criminal Justice System organisations.
  • In 2010-11, 87 per cent of people rejected general violent extremism.


1. The 2010-11 Citizenship Survey, run by Ipsos MORI and TNS-BMRB on behalf of the Communities Analysis Division within Communities and Local Government, is a household survey covering a representative core sample of 10,000 adults in England and Wales each year. There is also an ethnic minority boost sample of 5,000 and a Muslim boost sample of 1,200 each year, to ensure that the views of these groups are robustly represented.

2. The data are collected through face-to-face interviews. The Citizenship Survey has been commissioned every two years since 2001. Since 2007-08, the survey has moved to a continuous design, allowing the provision of headline findings on a quarterly basis. This statistical release is based on the 2010-11 survey (April 2010 to March 2011), which is made up of 10,307 core interviews, an additional 4,721 interviews with people from ethnic minority groups and an additional 842 interviews with Muslim people.

3. Most statistics in the release relate to England only, however, some relate to England and Wales; these are specifically referenced in the text. This reflects the coverage of policy responsibilities.

4. The statistics from the Citizenship Survey are produced to high professional standards, as set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, for more information see: www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/code-of-practice/index.html (external link).


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