The PACER project is a programme of research to track and – critically, going beyond simple descriptive opinion polling – explain the forces shaping public support for the British government’s newly expanded role in society. We are collecting longitudinal data from a panel of British citizens to understand how and why respondent attitudes vary.

Our core interests are in (UK) public opinion regarding:

  • lockdown measures;
  • policies designed to support companies;
  • levels of health spending;
  • the operation of the welfare system and the deservingness of its users;
  • the appropriate scope of government intervention in the economy;
  • appropriate levels of taxation;
  • the importance of debt- and deficit-reduction;
  • approval of and trust in the UK government.