Using the data in the tables provided, what can you say about:
a) prejudice against disabled people in the UK?
b) attitudes towards disabled people in the UK?

The word disabled refers to a person having a physical or mental condition that limits movements, senses, or activities. According to the Office of Disability issues there are over eleven million people with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability in Great Britain. This essay will attempt to explore the information in the tables from the assignment booklet. It will look for patterns, variations, anomalies and interesting features and will attempt to describe these.

Table one explores how much prejudice people feel there is against disabled people. The results suggest that on average 28% of people feel that there is ‘a lot’ of prejudice each year of the data collection over an average sample size of 3,009. Starting with 25% in 1998 and a 10% increase in 2000 but reducing back to 26% in 2009. On average 5.5% of people feel that there is no prejudice at all against disabled people in the UK. It does suggest that over the years the amount of prejudice people feel is less.
Table 2 displays the percentage of people saying they would feel very comfortable interacting with a range of impairments in different situations. This data was taken from an average sample size of 1,705 with 6 variables. The table suggests that an average of 75% of people would be comfortable marrying someone over the 4 impairments but only and average of 33.5% of people would be comfortable having someone with impairment as their boss. This is interesting with quite a large difference with the situation that is most intimate being more comfortable than a more formal boss/employee relationship. It also suggests that less people would be comfortable interacting with someone with a mental health condition with an average of 23.1% compared to 88% who would feel comfortable with someone with a physical disability.
Table 3...