They conducted a survey which asks various questions. The one that they clearly think is the most headline grabbing is the fact that:
Shockingly, just 53% of Britons can name their MP
Of course I wish it were higher but is that really so shocking? We know that the turnout at the last general election was only just over 60% and that in each seat usually less than 50% of those actually voted for the MP. We also know how few people take an active interest in party politics. Viewed in that way it could actually be seen as encouraging that more than half of UK citizens can name their MP.
There is some other interesting information in the survey:
- 83% want information about government and public services to be more freely available
- 48% have visited their local council’s website
- 31% have signed an on-line petition
- Only 5% are members of on-line discussion boards
As an IT professional myself it is encouraging to see the BCS taking an interest in these sort of stats relating to politics and people's engagement with it through IT.