The UK in the World Values Survey

The UK in the World Values Survey

Type Project
Year founded 2022
Location London United Kingdom United Kingdom
Functions Research
Funding sources Foundations or grants
Tags uk values society
Summary Since 1981, the World Values Survey has captured the views of almost 400,000 respondents in over 110 countries, covering topics including cultural identity, migration, trust, empathy, tolerance, media consumption, political interest, the environment and more. For the first time in over 15 years, the UK will be part of the WVS. With a high-quality random probability sample representing each of the four nations that make up the UK, this project will make a major contribution to the study of values, attitudes, and beliefs across the UK during a period of profound change. There is real concern about the extent and growth of polarisation and division in the UK, highlighted since the EU referendum result and reinforced in the 2019 general election. However, there is much less evidence and precision in understanding the nature and trajectory of these trends. Currently, we lack an understanding of the values driving division, what we can learn from other countries, and how long-term trends in attitudes and values are diverging or converging. Absent appropriate evidence bases, we potentially risk exaggerating the level of division, missing what brings us together, talking ourselves into problems we don’t currently have, and mischaracterising the real nature of the challenges we face.

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The UK in the World Values Survey · 14 September 2023 English

Changing attitudes to parenting mean the UK public now rank among the lowest internationally for the importance they place on obedience or responsibility in children, and among the highest for …

The UK in the World Values Survey · 7 September 2023 English

There have also been notable shifts in attitudes by generation, with Millennials becoming much more likely to say they’d welcome a decline in the importance of work, and much less …

The UK in the World Values Survey · 17 May 2023 English

The UK public are now among the least likely internationally to believe in God, following a long-term decline in belief since the 1980s, according to a new study. The research, …

The UK in the World Values Survey · 27 April 2023 English

The UK now has some of the highest levels of neighbourhood trust internationally, while Britons have also become much more comfortable with having neighbours who belong to historically marginalised groups, …

The UK in the World Values Survey · 6 April 2023 English

Few people in the UK think politics is working for them, with the country ranking firmly among the bottom half of an international league table for satisfaction with the political …

The UK in the World Values Survey · 30 March 2023 English

The UK has internationally low levels of confidence in its political institutions, with confidence in parliament in particular halving since 1990, new data shows. Of more than 20 countries included …

The UK in the World Values Survey · 7 March 2023 English

The UK now ranks among the most socially liberal countries internationally, following huge shifts in attitudes on issues such as homosexuality, casual sex, abortion, euthanasia and divorce, according to new …

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