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What does it mean to be British?
9 January 2012
The public can see how Britain has changed in sixty years, but we seem less sure about what it means to be British in the present
Understanding Society - December 2011
9 December 2011
In our latest issue of Understanding Society we round up how public opinion has been affected by the major events of an extraordinary year.
How broken is Britain?
31 August 2011
Our first poll since the riots in England makes interesting reading. We tested the public’s perception that ‘British society is broken’, an issue the Prime Minister has spoken out about since first becoming Conservative Party leader. But what challenges does a 'Broken Britain' present?
Big Society: the devil is in the detail
21 October 2010
Yesterday George Osborne confirmed that key aspects of the Big Society (community organisers and National Citizen Service pilots) will definitely receive funding. This blog will explore reactions to the Big Society, along with providing analysis and insight, based on our public opinion data.
Understanding people, perceptions and place
26 June 2009
Using the 2008/09 Place Survey national dataset, Ipsos MORI’s latest analysis provides a detailed insight into how well local areas are performing, and what is most important in driving perceptions.
27 October 2002
For many years I've been an interested observer of people power. Who are the 'movers and shakers' of British Society? What is their profile, how do they influence others, and what do they read. My first exposition of this interest was in 1972, when the long lamented magazine New Society printed an early article of mine, "The Hidden Activist", which examined what I termed the socio-political activists (S-PAs) in Britain who I defined as that c. 10% of the public who tended by their actions to stand out from the crowd, to be elected officers of clubs or groups, make speeches and write letters to editors, stand for public office and otherwise take part in an active way in order to influence the course of British political events.