British Social Attitudes survey 2014: references and acknowledgements

Since 1983, the National Centre for Social Research’s British Social Attitudes survey has asked the public – rather than simply patients – about their views on and feelings towards the NHS and health care issues generally. The latest survey was carried out between August and September 2014. Here we present the top-line results and trends from the survey. This is the final page of our full report.


Appleby J (2012). Public satisfaction with the NHS and its services: headline results from the British Social Attitudes survey. The King’s Fund website. Available at: (accessed on 24 April 2014).

Appleby J, Lee L (2012). ‘Does the NHS need to change and if so, how?’ in Park A, Clery E, Curtice J, Phillips M, Utting D (eds), British Social Attitudes: the 29th report. London: NatCen Social Research. Available at: (accessed on 24 April 2014).

Appleby J, Robertson R (2010). ‘A healthy improvement? Satisfaction with the NHS under Labour’ in Park A, Curtice J, Clery E, Bryson C (eds), British Social Attitudes – the 27th report: exploring Labour’s legacy. London: Sage. Available at: (accessed on 24 April 2014).

Ipsos MORI (2014) Economist/Ipsos MORI December 2014 Issues Index. Available at: (accessed on 16 January 2015)


Many thanks to Ian Simpson and Eleanor Taylor from NatCen for their assistance with data analysis and to Anna Brown for editorial support. We would also like to thank our King’s Fund colleagues Chris Ham and Patrick South for providing helpful comments on the results. Most importantly we would like to thank the British public for the time they took to complete this survey and for providing us with this fascinating dataset.