Headline results from the October-November 2011 survey:
- Television and Internet access in the home were the most popular forms of media among respondents.
- Respondents used media primarily to keep up to date with the the UK economy, international politics and information of food and nutrition. Respondents were less interested in what’s number one in the charts, celebrity gossip and trade union politics.
- There was relatively little trust in the media to report the news fairly and in particular the press, with less than 15 per cent of respondents trusted the press to report the news fairly.
- There was also a very low level of trust in politicians with only six per cent considering they could trust politicians to tell the truth. Less than 20 per cent of respondents trusted the government and politicians to do what is right or to deal with the things that matter.
- A significant proportion of respondents to the survey felt relatively powerless to affect change, agreeing that people like themselves have no say in what the government does. This was also reflected in the fact that although a majority of respondents vote, they do not tend to get involved in political protests and only a minority play an active role in voluntary, political or political organisations.
For an extended overview of the results as a PDF file click here.