British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’ – BBC News

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Nearly half of Britons believe the government should create taxes and increase spending, an annual survey of public opinion suggests.

At 48%, it is the highest proportion to support such measures since 2004, according to the British Social Attitudes survey.

The survey also determined the public were becoming more sceptical of the EU.

And social liberalism was rising on issues such as same-sex relationships, pre-marital sexuality and abortion.

There was a more traditional position to national security, however, with more than half wanting strong powers on terror.

Roger Harding, head of public attitudes at the National Centre for Social Research, which carries out the survey results, said: “People’s tolerance for austerity is drying up, even if that entails higher taxes.

“This leftwards tilt on tax and spend is matched by a long-running conservatism on national security and law and order. In all, people want a more active state that’s firm but fairer.”

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Taxes and benefits – Pensions ‘not top priority’

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48% “says hes” want higher taxes to pay for more spending on health, education and social benefits; 44% say they want it to stay the same and 4% would like to see taxes cut It is the first time since the financial accident of 2007-8 that more people want more taxation and spending than want it to stay the same 21% say that most social security claimants do not deserve assistance, the lowest ever level on the survey. In 2015, 28% believed this For the first time in more than 30 years, pensions are not the public’s top priority for extra welfare spending, the survey says, and has been overtaken by is supportive of more spending on benefits for people who are disabled 61% of people think it is wrong for benefit claimants to use legal loopholes to increase their payments, compared with 48% who think it is wrong to use legal loopholes to pay less taxation. The view that it was acceptable to use legal loopholes to pay less tax was most strongly felt among people who were better off More than half of those surveyed – 53% – would support incarcerating people indefinitely at the time of a suspected terrorist attack without putting them on trial. UK law restricts this to 14 days Seven in ten people believed that authorities should have the right to stop and search people if a terrorist attack is suspected. Currently, a police officer can only stop and search without “reasonable grounds” if a senior police officer has authorised it in advance 80% suppose the government should have the right to keep people under video surveillance in public regions, while 50% believes the government should have the right to monitor emails and information exchanged online There has been a decline in the proportion of people who say that it is acceptable not to obey a statute, even if that statute is wrong, to 24%. The highest percentage was recorded 25 years earlier in 1991, when 37% believed this Four in 10 back more defence spending 75% tell sexuality before marriage is “not incorrect at all”, up from 42% when the issues to was first asked in 1983 On same-sex relationships, 64% say they are “not wrong at all”, up from 57% in 2013 – the year before same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales 70% tell an abortion should be allowed if a woman decides on her own she does not want the child or if a couple cannot afford any more infants 77% of people feel a person with a painful incurable illnes shall be provided to legally request that a doctor aim their life