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Election and Democracy
United Kingdom
Voter turnout in the national election68.9% (June 2019 or latest)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to vote in elections5.49 (2014)
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% of those who think that the last national election was honest regarding the counting and reporting of the votes72.1% (2014)
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% of those who think that the last national election was fair regarding the opportunities of the candidates and parties to campaign64.9% (2014)
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% of those who think that referendums are a good way to decide important political questions61.0% (2014)
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% of those who are proud of their country in the way democracy works75.9% (2013)
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% of those who think that giving people more say is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech32.7% (2010)
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% of those who think that protecting freedom of speech is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech10.2% (2010)
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Extent to which people think democracy works well in their country today6.36 (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy worked well in their country 10 years ago6.41 (2014)
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Extent to which people think democracy will work well in their country 10 years from now5.86 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that all citizens have an adequate standard of living6.34 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that government authorities respect and protect the rights of minorities5.90 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that people be given more opportunities to participate in public decision-making5.86 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that citizens may engage in acts of civil disobedience when they oppose government actions3.71 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that governments respect democratic rights whatever the circumstances5.60 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that people convicted of serious crimes lose their citizen rights5.73 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that long-term residents of a country, who are not citizens, have the right to vote in that countryfs national elections3.82 (2014)
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Extent to which people think it important that citizens have the right not to vote5.01 (2014)
[15/26countries]
Extent to which people think it important that health care be provided for everyone6.16 (2014)
[23/26countries]
Politician
United Kingdom
Number of total seats in the Parliament1,455 (2017)
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Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population22.17 (2017)
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Number of seats in the House of Representatives805 (2017)
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Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population9.90 (2017)
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% of seats held by women in national parliaments25.7% (2017)
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Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)30.8% (2017)
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% of those who trust politicians28.6% (2014)
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% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for what they can get out of it personally53.8% (2010)
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% of those who think that many politicians are involved in corruption25.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for their own interest48.7% (2014)
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Political party and organization
United Kingdom
% of those who think that political parties encourage people to become active in politics23.8% (2014)
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% of those who think that political parties do not give voters real policy choices50.5% (2014)
[10/26countries]
% of those who belong to a political party9.1% (2014)
[7/26countries]
% of those who think that people who vote for the party/the parties in government have the most influence on the actions of the government13.2% (2016)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to be active in social or political associations3.87 (2014)
[15/26countries]
Parliament
United Kingdom
% of those who have confidence in parliament45.0% (2008)
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% of those who think that MPs try to keep the promises they have made during the election28.2% (2016)
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% of those who think that the parliament considers your action if you take action against an unjust or harmful law17.6% (2014)
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Political awareness
United Kingdom
% of those interested in politics (5 choices)73.5% (2016)
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% of those interested in politics (4 choices)56.6% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is left12.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is center48.6% (2014)
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% of those who think that their political position is right18.5% (2014)
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Average of political position5.26 (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes discuss political matters with friends, relatives or fellow workers50.9% (2014)
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% of those who read the political content of a newspaper every day22.7% (2014)
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% of those who never read the political content of a newspaper29.3% (2014)
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% of those who use the media to obtain political news or information every day67.1% (2014)
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% of those who never use the media to obtain political news or information8.2% (2014)
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% of those who watch political news on television every day32.3% (2014)
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% of those who never watch political news on television15.7% (2014)
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% of those who listen to political news on the radio every day20.1% (2014)
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% of those who never listen to political news on the radio42.8% (2014)
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% of those who use the Internet to obtain political news or information every day18.2% (2014)
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% of those who never use the Internet to obtain political news or information46.6% (2014)
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% of those who have expressed political views on the internet12.9% (2014)
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% of those who often or sometimes try to persuade your friends, relatives or fellow workers to share their political opinion30.1% (2014)
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% of those who think that they understand political issues of the country63.0% (2016)
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% of those who think that others are better informed about politics and government16.0% (2014)
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% of those who think that ordinary citizens have no political voice54.7% (2016)
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% of those who do not think that the government cares much what people like them think56.0% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to keep watch on the actions of government5.71 (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to try to understand the reasoning of people with other opinions5.84 (2014)
[5/26countries]
Political action
United Kingdom
% of those who would take action when the parliament considers an unjust or harmful law42.4% (2014)
[7/26countries]
% of those who have attempted to contact a politician or a civil servant to express their views30.0% (2014)
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% of those who have donated money or raised funds for a social or political activity30.5% (2014)
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% of those who have signed a petition70.4% (2014)
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Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to choose products for political, ethical or environmental reasons, even if they cost a bit more4.53 (2014)
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% of those who have attended a political meeting17.0% (2014)
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% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise public meetings to protest against the government90.1% (2016)
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% of those who have attended demonstrations17.8% (2014)
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% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise protest marches and demonstrations77.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to hold public meetings50.1% (2016)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by force should be allowed to hold public meetings17.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to publish books expressing their views56.5% (2016)
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Government
United Kingdom
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 50.4% (2010)
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Public officials
United Kingdom
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older22.1% (2015)
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% of those who trust in civil servants32.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that the public service is committed to serve the people75.7% (2014)
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% of those who think that few public officials are involved in corruption58.4% (2014)
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% of those who think that many public officials are involved in corruption20.9% (2016)
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% of those who say that they or their family have never come across a public official who hinted/ wanted a bribe in the last five years92.0% (2016)
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Public finance
United Kingdom
General government expenditure, % of GDP42.9% (2015)
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General government revenue, % of GDP38.5% (2015)
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General government fiscal balance, % of GDP-4.4% (2015)
[33/36countries]
General government gross debt, % of GDP112.6% (2015)
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General government financial net worth (% of GDP)-82.4% (2015)
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% of those who are in favour of cuts in government spending31.8% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget4.75% (2016)
[5/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget4.37% (2016)
[12/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget7.26% (2016)
[28/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget1.77% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget1.73% (2016)
[8/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget18.27% (2016)
[6/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget1.55% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget11.22% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget38.08% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP1.97% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP1.81% (2016)
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General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP3.00% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.73% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.71% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP7.56% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP0.64% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP4.64% (2016)
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General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP15.75% (2016)
[18/32countries]
Tax
United Kingdom
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates20.0% (2015)
[17/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)19.00% (2018)
[30/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)10 (2016)
[3/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)23.2% (2010)
[7/36countries]
Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)10.8% (2010)
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Total tax rate (% of proft)37.3% (2010)
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% of those who think that taxes are too high for those with high incomes21.8% (2016)
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% of those who think that taxes are too low for those with high incomes36.7% (2016)
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% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes77.0% (2009)
[13/28countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, never to try to evade taxes6.51 (2014)
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% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often make sure people pay their taxes72.0% (2016)
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% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often treat everyone in accordance with the law, regardless of their contacts or position in society50.0% (2016)
[15/25countries]
Social security
United Kingdom
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)21.9% (2013)
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% of those who are proud of their country in its social security system60.9% (2013)
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% of those who would like to see more government spending in old age pensions59.0% (2016)
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% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing a decent standard of living for the old95.4% (2016)
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% of those who think that the government is successful in the provision of decent life for the old40.2% (2016)
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% of those who think that the government should primarily provide care for older people77.6% (2016)
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% of those who think that private companies should primarily provide care for older people2.2% (2016)
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% of those who think that family, relatives or friends should primarily provide care for older people9.9% (2016)
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% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people36.6% (2012)
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% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people62.3% (2012)
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Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)90 (2009)
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% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 41.9% (2012)
[8/27countries]
% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 40.1% (2012)
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% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 3.9% (2012)
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% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave20.5% (2012)
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% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave15.5% (2012)
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% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave63.7% (2012)
[4/27countries]
% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age3.5% (2012)
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% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age63.0% (2012)
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% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age33.6% (2012)
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% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age17.9% (2012)
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% of those who think that poverty is the most important issue for their country2.6% (2010)
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% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor17.4% (2009)
[8/28countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing decent housing for those who can't afford it82.7% (2016)
[10/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, to help people in the country who are worse off than themselves5.45 (2014)
[15/26countries]
Law and Justice
United Kingdom
% of those who think that it is worse to convict an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free69.6% (2016)
[19/25countries]
% of those who follow conscience rather than law on occasions (2 choices)49.6% (2016)
[16/25countries]
Extent to which people think that it is important, in order to be a good citizen, always to obey laws and regulations6.51 (2014)
[1/26countries]
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts61.0% (2010)
[13/34countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)64.4% (2008)
[19/30countries]