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Saturday, 7 May 2011


i haven't looked at the methodology of how this survey is done and therefore what level of self  selection or bias there is in how they gather responses

but what this you gov article seems to suggest is that - for the uk 

- the values people most want to see from political parties are economic responsibility and fairness

- by a fair society people mean - for example - that income should depend on how hard people work and how talented they are plus equality of opportunity (but plainly - given the no. of siblings in the media - there is not equality of opportunity)

- poverty was seen as not having a place to eat or enough to eat or live on (tricky definition issue there - does enough to live on include a TV, fags, alcohol, a flat screen tv etc. etc.)

- deserving poor were seen as the priority for help (so there are undeserving poor)

- and people seem to get the idea that many are poor through the hand life dealt them (for example parents who are addicts, unemployed or abusive) rather than through their own fault

- 50% think out of work benefits are too high and discourage people from finding work

- 70% think if those on jobseekers allowance don't attend interviews then their benefits should be halved (although there was a more lenient attitude towards those with dependent children or who were carers)

- 80% thought  those out of work for 12 months should be required to do community work in return for their benefits

picture is the scales of justice by (Colin Smith) / CC BY-SA 2.0

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