Possible explanations for the fall in satisfaction 3

Alternatively, or in addition, it may be the case that some or all respondents have expressed a view about the NHS based on their views about something else – in particular about the government and/or its policies concerning the NHS.

Figure 7

Figure 7: Satisfaction* with the NHS overall by party identification

A 'surrogate' vote?

Previous analyses of British Social Attitudes survey satisfaction results have noted that there is a tendency for levels of satisfaction with the NHS overall to correlate with the party in government, with supporters of the party in power expressing greater satisfaction than non-supporters. And other surveys (for example, Ipsos MORI (2012a)) tend to show that the public trust Conservative less than Labour administrations with respect to the running of the NHS.

However, while Figure 7 to an extent at least confirms this, and although there is a noticeable drop in satisfaction as expressed by Labour party supporters in 2011 (following a flattening of satisfaction in the election year of 2010), there are also falls in satisfaction for Conservative and Liberal Democrat supporters. These later falls followed on from increases in satisfaction for both groups in the election year of 2010.

Possible explanations for the fall in satisfaction - other data in this section

Public satisfaction with the NHS and its services - other sections