About BSA

About BSA

Each year NatCen's British Social Attitudes survey asks around 3,000 people what it's like to live in Britain and what they think about how Britain is run. 

Since 1983 we've been measuring and tracking changes in people's social, political and moral attitudes.

The survey is a critical gauge of public opinion, and is used by the Government, journalists, opinion formers and academics. 

Helping the nation

We're a charity and we want our research to reach as many organisations trying to improve life in the UK as possible.

That's why NatCen's British Social Attitudes is freely available online.

The 'gold standard' of survey series    

Every year, we ask people to take part in British Social Attitudes on the basis of random probability sampling.

This technique ensures that everyone has an equal chance of being picked to take part, so the results are representative of the British population.

And because we repeat many of the same questions over time, we're able to identify real changes in people's social attitudes.

How is it funded?

British Social Attitudes is run by NatCen Social Research and is made possible by the funding we receive from a variety of charitable and governmental sources each year. To find out more, please visit our Funding BSA page.

Contributors to the latest report

Rachel OrmstonJohn CurticeGeoffrey EvansLindsay PatersonEleanor TaylorPeter Taylor-GoobyJohn ApplebyRuth RobertsonIan Simpson and Miranda Phillips.

Find out more

The 32nd, 31st, 30th, 29th and 28th reports are all available from this website.

Information about British Social Attitudes dating back from the 23rd Report is available on NatCen's main website.

Visit the online database Britsocat for all questions and data from British Social Attitudes between 1983 and 2014