What we think about...
Over half (57%) of people in the South West currently believe that unemployment benefits are "too high and discourage work". This has increased since 1986, when around two in five (39%) held this belief. However, it has decreased since 2011 when 73% – almost three quarters of people – held this belief.
Almost a third (31%) of people in the South West believed that unemployment benefits were too low in 1986, while as few as 12% of people believed this in 2011 and 20% say they do so now.
Almost half (48%) in the South West identified themselves as Conservative supporters in 1986. There has been a significant decrease since then, with around a third (29%) saying they support the Conservative Party in 2012.
Fewer than one in five (17%) of people in the South West identified themselves as Labour supporters in 1986. This statistic has increased significantly since then, with over a quarter (26%) saying they support the Labour Party now.
In 1994, just over a third (36%) of people in the South West expressed a belief that most unemployed people could find a job if they really wanted one. This belief has increased to around six in ten (58%) now.
The proportion identifying as Anglican in the South West has decreased dramatically since the mid-1980s: almost half (47%) described themselves as Anglican in 1986, while around a quarter (24%) do so now.
The proportion of people in the region identifying themselves as non-religious has increased from under a third (30%) in 1986 to almost half (49%) now.