The Audit of Political Engagement is a time-series study providing an annual benchmark to measure political engagement in Great Britain. It gauges public opinion about politics and the political system, and more broadly the general health of our democracy. The study provides a snapshot of public perceptions of, and engagement with, politics at a given moment in time. This Audit of Political Engagement was conducted by survey between 30th November and 12th December 2018 by Ipsos MORI.
The survey highlighted three main themes in political engagement at the time of publication in 2019.
Firstly, opinions towards the system of governing are at their lowest point in the 15-years of the Audit series – worse than in the aftermath of the MPs’ expenses scandal.
Secondly, people are pessimistic about the country’s problems and their possible solution, with sizeable numbers willing to entertain radical political changes.
Finally, core indicators of political engagement remain stable but, beneath the surface, the strongest feelings of powerlessness and disengagement are intensifying.