British Social Attitudes: The 19th Report (British Social by Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Lindsey Jarvis,

By Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Lindsey Jarvis, Catherine Bromley

`The Rolls-Royce of opinion surveys' - the days The imperative annual British Social Attitudes survey compiles, describes and reviews on more than a few present social attitudes. The sequence charts adjustments in British social values, with annual surveys conducted from a national pattern of round 3,500 humans via the nationwide Centre for Social Research's crew of interviewers. The nineteenth document summarizes and translates information from the latest survey, and makes comparisons with findings from earlier years.

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And despite the events of 1 1 tn September 200 1 (including large drops in the value of stocks and shares), there are no signs, in Britain at least, that consumers are cutting back on their spending. According to the Credit Card Research Group, spending on debit and credit cards increased by 1 5 per cent and 1 4 per cent respectively from 200 1 to 2002 (Guardian Unlimited Money, 2002). Moreover, mortgage lending in April 2002 was 47 per cent up on the previous April (British Bankers' Association, 2002).

The following table gives an outline of regular car and local bus users (defined as those using a car or bus at least twice week), broken down by key demographic characteri stics. It shows that those who are more likely to drive a car are people in paid work, those in 'higher' occupations (such as managerial and professional occupations), with higher household incomes and levels of education, and those in middle age groups (34-49 and 50-64) . Men are substantially more likely than women to drive regularly (three-quarters of men compared with a half of women).

Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) (200 I b), Planning Policy Guidance Note 13: Transport, London: The Stationery Office. Unauthorsieddsitrb i uto i nforbd i den. 20 BRITISH SOCIAL ATIITUDES Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) (200 1 ), Focus on Personal Travel (including the report of the National Travel Survey 1 998-2000), London: The Stationery Office. Goodwin, P. ( 1 998), 'We are at a historic crossroads' , in Taylor, J . ), Can Prescott steer us through a transport revolution ?

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