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Social Mobility Barometer: public attitudes to social mobility in the UK

Examines public attitudes to social mobility in the UK, drawing on the results of a 2018 survey of over 5,000 adults, fieldwork and a supplemental survey. Presents the topline national and regional findings. Explores the understanding of ‘social mobility’ and public attitudes towards social mobility, the extent to which social background determines where people end up in society, attitudes towards apprenticeships, and perceptions regarding access to top universities for poorer people. Finds that: 46% say that where you end up in society is largely determined by who your parents are; 40% of people think that it is becoming harder for people from disadvantaged backgrounds to move up in society; it is typically younger generations who feel that background determines where you end up; there is a generational divide when it comes to feelings about living standards - just 30% of 18-24 year olds and 34% of 25-49 year olds say they are better off than their parents, compared to 71% of those aged 65+; only a fifth of 18-24 year olds believe they have a better level of job security compared to their parents; just 22% of those aged 25-49 think their housing situation is better than their parents’; and 75% say there is a large gap between social classes. Highlights concerns about levels of pessimism amongst young people.


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