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Public attitudes towards transport

Statistics about public attitudes towards transport and their opinions.

Department for Transport (DfT) has used random probability omnibus surveys run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to measure people’s attitudes to various transport-related issues, and their experiences of different forms of transport.

Raw data available for download

Data from the ONS ‘Opinions’ survey, the ‘British social attitudes survey’ and the NatCen omnibus are available from the UK Data Service.

Technical information

This section provides technical information, notes and guidance relating to public attitudes to transport statistics.

DfT has used random probability omnibus surveys run by the ONS and NatCen to measure people’s attitudes to various transport-related issues, and their experiences of different forms of transport.

Separately, the department has also used the British social attitudes survey (managed by NatCen) to monitor public attitudes over the long term.

Omnibus surveys are operated by a number of social research providers. They allow clients to buy space in a ‘rolling’ public survey to ask a small set of questions for a limited time period. An omnibus survey will typically feature a standard set of core questions that are of interest to all clients (covering personal and household characteristics), alongside topic-specific questions funded by individual clients. They are therefore a low-cost and flexible method of running small-scale public surveys.

Omnibus surveys use stratified sampling techniques and are usually weighted to ensure that results are representative of the population at large. Both the NatCen and ONS omnibus surveys use random probability sampling (without replacement) and are conducted ‘face-to-face’ at the respondent’s household using computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI).

National statistics

The attitudinal statistics collected using the ONS ‘Opinions’ omnibus survey are Official Statistics and are produced in line with the relevant code of practice. The department’s view is that all statistics which are not designated as National Statistics are robust and have been produced to a suitable standard.

Indeed, the ONS ‘Opinions’ survey methodology is comparable to that of other ONS surveys whose results are published as National Statistics. However, DfT reports from this survey have not been put forward for National Statistics assessment.

Although they are produced to high professional standards, results from the NatCen omnibus survey and the ‘British social attitudes survey’ should not be considered Official Statistics. This is because substantive management of the survey, ownership of the data and (for the ‘British social attitudes survey’) publication of the headline results all sit outside of government.

Pre-release access list

The lists of post holders given pre-release access to public attitudes statistics (for up to 24 hours prior to release) vary from topic to topic. Most such lists are therefore ‘one-offs’ and apply to a single release only.

See all statistics published by DfT.

Publications

  1. British social attitudes survey: 2017
  2. British social attitudes survey: 2016
  3. British social attitudes survey: 2015
  4. Public attitudes towards electric vehicles: 2016 (revised)
  5. Public attitudes towards train services: 2015
  6. British social attitudes survey: 2014
  7. Public attitudes towards electric vehicles: February 2015
  8. Public experiences of and attitudes towards air travel: 2014
  9. British social attitudes survey: 2013
  10. Public attitudes towards electric vehicles: 2014
  11. Public attitudes towards buses: March 2013
  12. British Social Attitudes survey 2012: attitudes towards transport
  13. Public attitudes towards train services
  14. British Social Attitudes survey 2011: attitudes to transport
  15. Public attitudes to climate change and the impact of transport in 2011
  16. Public attitudes towards buses, March 2011
  17. British Social Attitudes survey 2010: attitudes to transport
  18. Attitudes to climate change and the impact of transport, August 2010
  19. Public experiences of and attitudes towards air travel
  20. Public attitudes towards mobility scooters, January and March 2010

Data tables

  1. Public attitudes towards buses (ATT01)
  2. Attitudes and behaviour towards climate change (ATT02)
  3. British social attitudes survey (ATT03)
  4. Attitudes towards train services (ATT04)
  5. Public attitudes towards electric vehicles (ATT05)
Published 4 July 2013
Last updated 12 July 2018 + show all updates
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  5. Public attitudes towards electric vehicles: February 2015
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