Published on April 27, 2012

How politically engaged are we?

By Tim Hughes

Tim is Open Government Programme Manager at Involve and coordinator of the UK Open Government Network - a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency, participation and accountability.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have caught me tweeting from the launch of the ninth Audit of Political Engagement on Wednesday. The Audit is “an annual health check on our democratic system” published by the Hansard Society.

This year’s audit makes for quite depressing reading, with a number of aspects of political engagement at their lowest levels since the Audit began in 2004. These include, among other things, interest in politics, propensity to vote, satisfaction with the system of governing and frequency of discussing politics, contacting an elected representative and signing a petition. The report sums up people’s feelings towards politics as: ‘Disgruntled, disillusioned and disengaged’.

I recommend reading the full report, which can be found on the Hansard Society’s website, but for a quick summary of the headline findings I thought I’d post some of the tweets from the launch:

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