British Social Attitudes (BSA) could not take place without its
generous funders. In 2021 we gratefully acknowledge the support
of The Department for Work and Pensions, Government Equalities
Office, The Nuffield Trust, The King’s Fund and the Department for
Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
The ESRC continues to support the participation of Britain in the
International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), a collaboration
whereby surveys in 42 countries administer an identical module of
questions in order to facilitate comparative research. Some of the
findings on attitudes to the environment and health care provision
are described in this year’s report.
As well as drawing on nearly 40 years of BSA data, this year’s report also
includes analysis of data from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey (SSA),
the partner survey of BSA administered by our colleagues based at the
Scottish Centre for Social Research, and the Northern Ireland Life and
Times Survey (NILT) which was set up by Queens University Belfast and
Ulster University. We also include some data collected via the NatCen
Panel – which follows up BSA and SSA respondents and invites them
to complete additional surveys online and by telephone – and are grateful
to the research team behind the panel, particularly Curtis Jessop.
The BSA survey is a team effort. The 2021 survey was led by Sarah
Frankenburg with support from Shane Howe, Hannah Morgan, Anamaria
Popa, and Richard Woods Rogan. We would also like to thank Melissa
Hutchinson for her project management support. The survey is heavily
dependent on staff who organise fieldwork and compile and distribute
the survey’s extensive documentation, for which we pay particular
thanks to our colleagues in the National Centre for Social Research’s
operations office in Brentwood. Thanks are also due to our telephone
interviewers and telephone unit managers who provided a valuable
alternative to the online questionnaire. We are also grateful to Pamela
Ritchie in our computing department who expertly translates our
questions into an online and telephone survey program, to Afrika
Anfruns and Richard Boreham who have the task of editing, checking
and documenting the data and to statisticians David Hussey and
Fritz Anker who led on sampling, weighting and statistical guidance.
Finally, we must praise all the people who anonymously gave up their
time to take part in one of our surveys over the last thirty-nine years,
not least those who participated in 2021. Without them, none of this
would be possible.