Public Attitudes to the Environment in Scotland, 2002

The Survey of Public Attitudes to the Environment in Scotland, 2002 was commissioned to provide nationally-representative information about the views of the Scottish public towards a wide range of environmental topics. It aimed to provide data on the environmental knowledge, actions and attitudes of a sample of the Scottish population, and to chart how these concerns have changed since the last Scottish survey on the subject, conducted in 1991, which is not held at the UK Data Archive (UKDA).

The survey was designed to be representative of those in the Scottish population aged over 16 years and resident in private households. It was also constructed to allow reliable comparison of responses between respondents in rural and urban areas. 

All respondents were asked their views on a range of topics including: quality of loch and sea water; woodlands; organisations that protect the environment; how the environment should be protected etc. Half the sample were then asked about their views on sustainable development, climate change, energy. The remaining half were asked about attitudes towards waste and recycling, drinking water, wildlife and habitats etc.

A representative sample of over 4,000 people throughout Scotland was surveyed between February and June 2002.

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Scottish Executive. Social Research
Scottish Executive. Environmental Statistics
George Street Research Ltd
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Further information about the 2002 survey, including data tables and frequencies, survey content, and online publications, may be found on the Scottish Government Public Attitudes to the Environment in Scotland web page.Follow-up to cross-sectional study.

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