Understanding attitudes to the European Union: an intra-household perspective

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Research Paper


Alina Carabat, Kirby Swales and John Curtice

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Voting patterns are usually analysed using survey data obtained by interviewing individual respondents. Relatively little attention has been paid to the role that within-household relationships have on how people vote. However, the Understanding Society survey undertaken by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex interviews all members of the households in its sample. Using an early release version of the data the survey collected throughout 2016, the year of the EU referendum, we have used the survey to analyse the extent to which (a) couples and (b) parents and children share the same attitudes towards the UK’s membership of the EU, and whether the level of agreement between them is greater or less than in a general election. Brexit


Politics, Elections. Electoral Behaviour, Households, International Economic Relations, Sociology Of Households and Social Psychology


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