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The survey was undertaken by NatCen Social Research, with interviews taking place between August and November 2014. The sample size for the overall NHS satisfaction question was 1,937. Interviews were carried out with a random sample of adults. The data is weighted to ensure it is representative of the general population.
Since the British Social Attitudes survey began in 1983, the highest ever public satisfaction level with the way the National Health Service runs was 70 per cent, in 2010.
With less than 100 days until the polls open on 7 May, The King's Fund is re-launching its general election web content at www.kingsfund.org.uk/election to include key facts, figures and analysis of the big topics in health and social care. Updates will provide further commentary and analysis in the run-up to polling day.
About the British Social Attitudes survey
The British Social Attitudes survey is owned and directed by NatCen Social Research, and has been conducted every year since 1983 with the exception of 1988 and 1992.The NHS is one among a number of topics covered by the survey. This is the fourth year that The King's Fund has sponsored health questions in the survey. A further paper, co-authored by NatCen and The King's Fund and covering these and the results from other health and health care questions, will be published as part of NatCen’s annual British Social Attitudes report in spring.
The main question asked was 'All in all, how satisfied or dissatisfied would you say you are with the way in which the National Health Service runs nowadays?' Satisfaction as reported here aggregates those who answer 'very' and 'quite' satisfied. It includes those who have had recent contact with the NHS and those who have not. The order in which topics are covered in the survey, and the order in which questions on the NHS are asked, have not changed in recent years.
The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.