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The Audit series provides a statistical context to everyday speculation about the state of political engagement. In doing so, the Audits indicate the degree to which attitudes and behaviour change year-on-year and allows a fuller picture of participation and interest in politics. The Audits present the findings from public opinion polling on a range of political engagement indicators, updating trends published annually since 2004.
The Audit considers six core indicators of political engagement:
Knowledge and interest: (1) the percentage of people who feel that they know about politics; and (2) the percentage who report an interest in politics.
Action and participation: (3) the percentage of people who report they are absolutely certain to vote at an immediate general election; and (4) the percentage who are politically active.
Efficacy and satisfaction: (5) the percentage of people who believe that getting involved works; and (6) the percentage who think that the present system of governing works well.
It also examines the public's reported levels of discussion of politics, charitable and political donation, and contacting of elected representatives.