What club would you rather join: your local political party branch or your local sports team? This week’s Essential polling shows that while 46% of people say they don’t like joining groups in general, just 2% of people are, or have been, a member of a political party, compared to the 14% who have been a member of a local sporting club. Some 12% of respondents said they were members of a union, the same percentage were an active member of a church, and just 6% of people were members of a business or industry association. On the idea of joining groups in general, the population was lukewarm. Half of the people polled said they found it impossible to give their time to things outside work and home, and 37% said they couldn’t commit because they didn’t work regular hours.


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