Living in Lancashire wave 37
|Purpose||The objective of this survey is to look at people's views about community cohesion.|
Community and voluntary sector
Crime and community safety
|Commissioned by||County Equality & Cohesion Team|
All of Lancashire
Questionnaire - online
Questionnaire - postal
Life in Lancashire panel
|Date||13/06/2012 - 20/07/2012|
|Undertaken by||Corporate Research and Intelligence Team|
|Number in sample||2627|
|Number of responses||1849|
|Key findings||Common ground:
- Three fifths of respondents agree that people from different backgrounds integrate well with each other in their local area (61% agree). Half of respondents disagree that people from different backgrounds integrate well with each other in the UK (51% disagree).
- Nearly nine tenths of respondents agree that they personally feel part of British society (88%).
About your local area:
- Nationally, respondents feel that economy and unemployment are the most important issues to tackle (76% and 72% respectively) followed by crime/law and order and health/the NHS (69% and 58% respectively).
- Locally, respondents feel that the most important issues to tackle are unemployment and crime/law and order (64% and 61% respectively) followed by affordable housing (51%).
- Around four fifths of respondents feel it is at least quite important to feel they can influence decisions in their local area (78% say very important or quite important).
- Around three in ten respondents would like to be more involved in the decisions that the county council makes affecting their local area (29%) while a further three fifths feel it would depend on the issue (58%).
- Two thirds of respondents feel positive about their relationships with other people (67%), while two fifths feel positive about their financial situation (40%).
- Around three quarters of respondents feel negatively about the way things are going in the UK (77%). Just over a third feel negatively about the way things are going in Lancashire (37%).
- Two thirds (65%) of respondents have given unpaid help to someone who was not a relative in the last 12 months with a third giving help at least a few times a month (34%).
- Two thirds (67%) of respondents haven't done any formal volunteering during the last 12 months. A fifth of respondents volunteer at least a few times a month (20%).
- Around two fifths of respondents feel that immigrants have integrated either very or fairly well into their local community (42%). Fewer than one in ten respondents feel that immigrants have not integrated into their local community at all (8%).
- Opinion is split on whether immigrants are having a positive or negative effect in respondents' local areas (23% feel they are having a positive effect, 22% feel they are having a negative effect).
Tackling intolerance and extremism:
- Around a third of respondents feel that there is now less prejudice based on sexual orientation and disability than there was five years ago (31% say less prejudice for each). However, a fifth of respondents feel that there is now more religious prejudice (21% say more prejudice) and over a quarter of respondents feel there is now more racial prejudice (27% say more prejudice).
- Around one in six respondents say they, or someone close to them, have been verbally abused in the past two years (17%) and one in twenty have been physically abused (4%) because of their age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race or religion.
- Around three fifths of respondents think there is now more extremism in the UK than there was two years ago (57%). Around a third of respondents think there is now more extremism in Lancashire than two years ago (35%) while around one in six respondents think there is now more extremism in their local area (16%).
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