Attitudes to poverty: Findings from the British Social Attitudes survey

Alison Park, Miranda Phillips and Chloe Robinson

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

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.

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