Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Wisdom of the Crowds #8: Attitudes to poverty

Taken from Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, pdf of which is here

55% think there is 'quite a lot of poverty' in Britain today, 41% think there is 'very little'

35% think poverty has increased in the last 10 years, 19% decreasing, 39% roughly the same

46% expect poverty to increase in the next 10 years, 13% decrease, 33% stay the same

32% think people living in need is an inevitable part of modern life, 28% think it is caused by laziness or lack of will power, 19% think it is caused by social injustice and 13% think it is individual bad luck

42% think government should redistribute wealth from better to worse off, 32% disagree, 24% undecided

61% think ordinary working people do not get their fair share of the nation's wealth, 13% disagree, 22% undecided

40% think benefit levels for unemployed people are too high and discourage them from finding jobs, 34% think they are too low and cause hardship

90% think poverty is when people don't have enough to eat and live without getting into debt, 47% think it is if they have enough to eat and live but not to buy other things that they need, 19% think it is when people have enough to buy what they really need, but not to buy the things which most people take for granted


At 3:12 pm , Anonymous pregethwr said...

Would be good if they would pay for a reprise since these are 8 years old now.

At 3:30 pm , Blogger donpaskini said...

The report says they are taken from the 2003 British Social Attitudes study, so the numbers are four years old (the report itself does follow up work trying to divide people into sceptics and liberals).

It would indeed be interesting to have some new numbers, if JRF or Mori are up for it.


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