By Alison Park
The British Social Attitudes survey sequence is conducted through Britain's greatest autonomous social learn institute, the nationwide Centre for Social examine. It offers an critical consultant to present political and social concerns in modern Britain. This, the twenty third file, describes the result of the newest nation-wide survey, together with research of the subsequent parts: civil liberties; Social identities; incapacity; Political recognize; Employment family members and well-being.
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In the case of our question on attitudes towards abortion the equivalent figures are 15 and 23 points respectively, so if anything the gap has widened rather than narrowed. 14 The changing relation between religious identity and moral values, 1984–2005 % think sexual relations before marriage are wrong Religious identity and attendance Has identity; attends services Has identity; does not attend services Does not have identity % think woman should not be allowed abortion if does not want child 1984 2005 1984 2005 67 53 77 51 53 36 31 17 67 62 32 28 Bases for this table are given in end note 15 If religious groups appear to be our most powerful example of a traditional normative reference group, Britishness is our weakest example.
Meanwhile, in Switzerland, where assisting someone to die is not a criminal offence so long as it is done for honourable motives,1 a number of voluntary clinics that help people to end their lives have been established. These are used not only by Swiss citizens, but also by a growing number of foreigners including those from the UK. Attempts to change the law have helped to stimulate debate in the UK, where hitherto it has been illegal to help someone to die. On three occasions (in 2003, 2004 and 2005), Lord Joffe introduced into the House of Lords private members’ legislation that, if it had been passed, would have changed the legal position significantly.
None of our substantive conclusions are contingent on these choices. 10. 8 are as follows: % feeling they have “a lot” or “a little” more in common Strength of religious belonging Belongs to a religion, attends services Religion Anglican 226 Roman Catholic 105 Other Christian 207 NonAll who Christian belong to a religion 48 586 Belongs to a religion, never attends services 405 91 201 29 726 All who belong to a religion 631 196 408 77 1312 11. 9 are as follows: Who do we think we are? The decline of traditional social identities % feeling they have “a lot” or “a little” more in common Strength of national identity Best or only national identity National identity but not best All 31 National identity British English 947 Scottish 713 Welsh 180 European 63 48 472 377 32 22 172 1419 1090 212 85 220 12.