Essential Report

Membership of Organisations

Dec 5, 2011

Q. Which of the following types of organisations have you ever been a member of?

Q. Which of the following types of organisations are you currently a member of?

Q. And which of the following types of organisations have you joined in the last 12 months?

Ever been a member Currently a member Joined in last 12 months
Trade union 34% 9% 2%
Professional organization 28% 13% 3%
Environment group 9% 4% 2%
Religion/church 31% 13% 2%
Book club 14% 4% 1%
Service organisation like Rotary, Lions, Apex, etc 9% 4% 1%
School organisation e.g. parents club, school council 22% 4% 2%
Sports club 38% 17% 6%
Political party 6% 1% *
Local community group 21% 11% 3%
Special interest or hobby group e.g. gardening, birdwatching, chess, etc 20% 10% 3%
Other organisation 9% 6% 1%
Total members 81% 56% 20%

56% say they are currently members of an organisation and 20% say they have joined an organisation in the last 12 months. The most popular types of organisations are sports clubs (17% members) religions/churches (13%) and professional organisations (13%). Membership of organisations is slightly lower for those aged under 35 (53%) and a little higher for those aged 55+ (58%). 59% of men and 53% of women say they are members of an organisation.

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