The Citizenship Survey is a biennial survey of adults in England and Wales, covering a range of community based issues, including views about the local area, racial and religious prejudice and discrimination.
It includes questions about a number of topics that cover:
- family networks,
- views of the local area,
- fear of crime,
- local services and political institutions,
- volunteering and charity,
- civil renewal,
- racial and religious prejudice and discrimination, and
- views about rights and responsibilities.
The survey also collects demographic data and background information about respondents.
The survey is based on a nationally representative sample of approximately 10,000 adults in England and Wales with an additional sample of around 4,500 from minority ethnic groups. Face-to-face fieldwork was carried out with these samples between March and September 2005 by interviewers from the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen).
The survey has two main aims:
- to be a major policy tool, informing both the development of policy and its implementation, and
- to provide information for Home Office performance measurement.
However, the survey covers many different areas and relates to the policy responsibilities of many different government departments.
Four inter-linked reports have been produced which set out the findings from the 2005 survey.
- Cross-cutting themes(the current report): this report compares findings on different topics within the survey and looks at the links between them.
- Race and faith topic report: this report explores views about racial and religious prejudice, perceptions of racial discrimination by public service organisations, and experiences of religious and employment-related discrimination.
The data from both the 2001 and 2003 surveys are available from the UK Data Archive: (2001 data) (2003 data). Reports on the 2001 and 2003 surveys.
Forthcoming findings from the 2005 survey:
- Civic participation: findings from the 2003 Home Office Citizenship Survey – early 2006
- Charitable giving: findings from the 2003 Home Office Citizenship Survey – early 2006
Findings from the 2003 survey:
- Pennant, R. (2005) Diversity, trust and community participation in EnglandHome Office Findings, 253, London: Home Office
- Trikha, S. (2005) Children, Young People and their Communities: Summary of Top-level Findings from 2003 Home Office Citizenship Survey London: DfES
- 2003 Home Office Citizenship Survey: People, Families and Communities’ Home Office Research Study 289, London: Home Office
- Active Communities: headline findings from the 2003 Home Office Citizenship Survey
- Home Office Citizenship Survey 2003 Technical Report (pdf)
Findings from the 2001 survey:
- Attwood. C. et al (2003) 2001 Citizenship Survey : people, families and communities.Home Office Research Study 270, London: Home Office
- Home Office Citizenship Survey 2001 Technical Report (pdf, 2MB)
For further information on the Citizenship Survey please contact:
Jenny King – 020 7035 0981 –
or e-mail email@example.com
or visit http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/citizensurvey.html#publications