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Attitudes to poverty: Findings from the British Social Attitudes survey

An examination of public attitudes to poverty, based on data from the British Social Attitudes survey series.

Written by:
Alison Park, Miranda Phillips and Chloe Robinson
Date published:

This research examines the public’s views about poverty: its meaning, prevalence and causes. It describes the British Social Attitudes survey questions, and presents the most recent findings, from 2003.

Cluster analysis reveals two key population groups:

  • Those with a liberal approach to poverty
  • Those with a sceptical view of poverty

This is based on their beliefs about poverty’s meaning, its prevalence and cause. Regression analysis is then used to explore and better understand the socio-demographic profiles of these two groups.

Available in electronic format only.