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What do the British public think of inequality in health, wealth, and power?

David Howarth, Theresa M. Marteau, Adam P. Coutts, Julian L. Huppert and Pedro Ramos Pinto

Social Science & Medicine, 2019, vol. 222, issue C, 198-206

Abstract: Despite the importance of public opinion for policy formation and the political salience of inequality, the public's views about the desirability of equality, not only in health but also in economics and politics, has attracted little attention. We report the results of an on-line survey administered in late 2016 in Great Britain (N = 1667 with a response rate of 35–50%). The survey allowed for testing the sensitivity of public opinion across two other variables: absolute versus relative (everyone should have the same versus inequality should be reduced) and bivariate versus univariate (inequality in one domain is judged in relation to inequality in another versus inequality in a domain is judged independently of other domains). It also allowed examination of how far support for equality in one domain overlaps with support for equality in another.

Keywords: Health inequality; Public opinion; Political inequality; Economic inequality; Conceptions of inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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