The Hansard Society have produced an Audit of Political Engagement every year since 2003. This body of work has developed into a valuable analysis of citizen engagement over this period. This year’s edition has a special focus on the constitution in light of current reform proposals.
Juicy bits include:
Efficacy of participation
Less than a third of the public believe that ‘when people like me get involved in
politics, they really can change the way that the country is run’ (31%), while 42%
disagree with this statement.
Around half of the public have never heard of or know hardly anything at all about the
constitutional arrangements governing Britain. In fact, more people claim to know
about the European Union than the constitutional arrangements in Britain.
Out of 11 key constitutional issues facing the country, there are none which more
than half of the public feel they understand.
Factoid: I actually feature in a prior edition of the Audit looking very very short.