Young people and politics in Britain: How do young people participate in politics and what can be done to strengthen their political connection?

Henn, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-1063-3544 and Foard, N. ORCID: 0000-0001-7775-1230, 2012. Young people and politics in Britain: How do young people participate in politics and what can be done to strengthen their political connection? [Dataset]

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Abstract

This is survey data from a research project investigating young people's attitudes towards politics. It follows on from a national survey completed by the lead researcher in 2002 that identified a significant degree of disengagement amongst young people, of whom only 39 per cent voted at the 2001 General Election. The current study focusses upon a new generation of young people a decade later, examining whether or not their views about the political and democratic process differ from those recorded in 2002 – and if so how.
A national online survey of attainers—18 year olds eligible to vote for the first time at the 2010 UK General Election- was conducted. The sample was generated from Ipsos MORI’s online access panel, using a specified age criterion to select our eligible respondents, all of whom were invited to participate. The age criterion was calculated by using date of birth to establish that respondents had their eighteenth birthday before - and were therefore eligible to vote in - the UK General Election of 6th May 2010, but after the local and European elections of 4th June 2009. This ensured that all members of the sampling frame had no voting experience prior to the 2010 General Election. Once the access panel was exhausted, additional partner panels were used to boost the responses to eventually achieve the final sample of n = 1,025. Region and gender quotas were also used to control the final profile of the sample. Finally, data have been weighted according to gender, ethnicity and region according to the most recently available census updates, recorded in mid-2010.
Data collection took place from 20th April to 4th May 2011, thereby ensuring that respondents had not yet had the opportunity to vote in the Alternative Vote referendum of 5th May 2011. The survey produced a single dataset containing 1,025 cases and 438 variables.

Item Type: Research datasets and databases
Creators: Henn, M. and Foard, N.
Publisher: UK Data Service
Date: 2012
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.5255/UKDA-SN-850645DOI
Rights: The Data Collection is available for download to users registered with the UK Data Service
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Richard Cross
Date Added: 16 Apr 2019 15:31
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 15:31
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URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36289

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