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By Roger Jowell, John Curtice, Alison Park, Katarina Thomson, Lindsey Jarvis, Catherine Bromley, Nina Stratford

`I've consistently loved interpreting the British Social Attitudes survey, which exhibits what the British humans quite imagine, in preference to what newshounds and politicians prefer to faux they suspect' - John Pilger Britain is a well-documented country. we all know much concerning the features of our society - who we're and what we do. we all know less approximately what we predict and think approximately our global and ourselves. The critical annual British Social Attitudes survey fills this hole. It compiles, describes and reviews on more than a few present social attitudes. the knowledge is derived from interviews conducted by means of the nationwide Centre for Social Research's personal interviewers between a nat

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Understanding Change in Social A ttitudes, Aldershot: Dartmouth. Bryson, C. ( 1 997), 'Benefit claimants: villains or victims' in lowell, R . , Thomson, K. and Bryson, C. , Aldershot: Dartmouth. Butler, D. and Stokes, D. ( 1 969), Political Change in Britain, London: Macmillan. Evandrou, M. ( 1 997), Baby Boomers: Ageing in the 21st Century, London: Age Concern. Evandrou, M. and Falkingham, l. (2000), 'Looking back to look forward: lessons from four birth cohorts for ageing in the 2 1 st Century' , Population Trends 1 999, Spring, London: Office for National Statistics.

But comparing 1 983 and 1 999 still allows us to examine whether an individual ' s propensity to vote increases as they get older or whether generational replacement promises a future characterised by lower and lower levels of democratic participation. 7. The average within-cohort change is a fall of ten percentage points, compared with an overall fall of 1 4 points. So if we assume that the within-cohort change is due to period factors, and that life-cycle factors have not also been at work, the remainder Gust over a quarter of the total change) would be due to generational replacement.

If, however, the current pro-Labour political sympathies of younger people turn out to be adhesive, they will in time replace more Conservative generations to the long-term electoral advantage of Labour. There is some solace for the Conservatives in the next table which examines Conservative support among those who do support a party. ) that support was indeed lower in 14 BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES 1997 than it was in 1983, it also shows that slumps of similar magnitude occurred in most cohorts. This implies that the change over time is effectively a period effect, reflecting different political circumstances at the two elections rather than a more structural generational shift.

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