Voters in our online poll think we were a more caring society 10 years ago

New research by the charity Action for Happiness has found that almost two thirds of people believe Britain has become less caring in the last decade.

A large majority in our poll say Britain is a less caring place than a decade ago.
A large majority in our poll say Britain is a less caring place than a decade ago.

So we asked in our Facebook poll: “Do you think our country was more caring 10 years ago?” At the time of writing, 230 people had voted with 77% saying yes, 23% no.

Karl William Bullock said: “I wouldn’t say people are less caring, but more unable to care. The cost of living in the last 10 years has skyrocketed. While peoples wages haven't. So people just can't afford to give as much.”

Jean Jamieson said “I don't know what this charity is or what it does, but who can judge happiness? What is it? It can't be the same for everyone. How do you quantify an abstract concept?”

Gary Gibson said: “Think we need to get past the rose tinted glasses. Every generation has had its saints and sinners. Those who post ‘this never happened in my day’ need to wake up.”


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Chris Batchelor said: “I remember when charity was donate what you can afford, not min of £10.

Shelley Darby was in the minority, saying: “All of the new charities and community groups I have seen formed. All of the giving campaigns completed. I think we are more caring than ever before, just a lot of it is online.”

Darren Lish said: “Just got to drive on our roads to see how many people only think about themselves.”

Adam Spoors perhaps didn’t take the poll entirely seriously. He said: “Don't really care.”