Public attitudes to natural gas from shale in Blackpool, Fylde and West Lancashire - Wave 2

21st December 2012

In the wake of recent Government announcements, Cuadrilla Resources commissioned BritainThinks to conduct a further survey with people in three local authority areas in Lancashire, to understand local peoples attitudes towards the extraction of natural gas from shale in the local area. You can read a report of the research findings as a PDF by clicking on the link below. If you have any further questions on the research, please contact bshimshon@britainthinks.com.

British Future Report: The Melting Pot Generation

13th December 2012

BritainThinks has conducted polling for thinktank British Future as part of their new report: "The Melting Pot Generation: How Britain became more relaxed on race."

To read the full tables from BritainThinks' recent online polling, please click here

To read the full British Future report, please click here 

Deborah Mattinson appears on the Daily Politics show

29th November 2012

Deborah Mattinson gives her views on politics and current affairs for Daily Politics.

Click here to watch the full episode.

BritainThinks poll shows significant public support for citizen involvement in policy-making

29th November 2012

The day after Francis Maude was questioned by the Public Accounts Committee about public involvement in decision-making, BritainThinks launches a new poll that demonstrates real support for enabling the public to have a greater say.

58% of the population support the idea of ‘the government funding Citizens’ Juries – where members of the public are brought together for several days to consider an area of government policy and inform government decisions.

61% of the public favour the idea of Citizen’s Juries being compulsory ‘like legal jury service’ where ‘people are selected at random and expected to participate, with time off work and compensation for lost earnings’.

Decisions made with citizen input are more trustworthy

The poll also revealed that 56% agree that they ‘would be more inclined to trust decisions by government if I knew they had been informed by a Citizens’ Jury’

However, the caveat is that Citizens’ Juries must be independent

While there is clear public support for citizen involvement in decision making, there is a caveat: 71% say Citizens’ Juries are only trustworthy if they are designed and run independently of government or of any political party.

Men feel a higher level of scepticism than women (76/67%) and older voters are significantly more likely to agree than younger ones (65+ 84%, 25-34 62%).

New research into neighbourhood satisfaction

27th November 2012

The Association of Convenience Stores asked us to look into the role that local commercial infrastructure (the shops, places to eat or drink, and other local businesses) play in driving people's satisfaction with the neighbourhoods they live in.

While issues such as crime, public services and community facilities have been thoroughly investigated by many different organisations, the role that commercial infrastructure can play has often been overlooked. This report uses regression analysis to understand the effect that commercial infrastructure plays relative to other factors that emerge frtom the literature on neighbourhood satisfaction. It shows that Britain's shopkeepers, restauranteurs, publicans and local business people have a real role to play, and that where they are fulfilling that role, it has tangible impacts on the way people feel about where they live.

We also conducted a segmentation excercise to understand how people break down based on their accounts of their local commercial infrastructure - the results offer a fascinating way to think about Britain's neighbourhoods

Our full reports are available for download below, and you can download an ACS summary report from here

Public attitudes to natural gas from shale in Blackpool, Fylde and West Lancashire

22nd November 2012

Cuadrilla Resources commissioned BritainThinks to conduct a survey with people in three local authority areas in Lancashire, to understand local peoples attitudes towards the extraction of natural gas from shale in the local area. You can read a report of the research findings as a PDF by clicking on the link below. If you have any further questions on the research, please contact bshimshon@britainthinks.com.

BritainThinks' review of attitudes towards poverty and child poverty

14th November 2012

As part of an anti-poverty charity's awayday, BritainThinks was asked to offer an overview of current evidence around poverty and child poverty. The idea was to look across our own research and a range of other published sources, and to offer our intial conclusions for messaging and campaigning, in order to stimulate ideas and thinking for future campaign work.

You can read the presentation we put together in PDF by clicking on the link below. 

BritainThinks shortlisted for two categories in the Start-ups Awards 2012

30th October 2012

Britainthinks has been named a finalist in two categories at the Start-ups Awards 2012: 'Service Business of the Year' and 'Start-up Business Woman of the Year', which will take place at London's Kensington Roof Gardens on December 7th.

For more information about the awards, please click here.

Deborah Mattinson speaks on older women for Woman's Hour

4th October 2012

Deborah Mattinson spoke on a panel with Harriet Harman and Jenni Murray, giving her views on the new Labour Party Commission for Older Women.

Click here to listen to the entire episode.

Deborah Mattinson on Ed Miliband's Labour Conference speech

4th October 2012

Deborah Mattinson appeared on Newsnight to give her reactions and insights into Ed Miliband's speech at Labour Conference.

Click here to watch the full episode.