Principal Investigator(s): National Centre for Social Research
This survey is part of a continuing series designed to monitor trends in a wide range of social attitudes in Great Britain. The British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA) is similar in purpose to the General Social Survey carried out by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) in the United States. The BSA questionnaire has two parts, one administered by an interviewer and the other completed by the respondent. As in the past, the 1999 interview questionnaire contained a number of "core" questions covering the major topic areas of defense, the economy, labor market participation, and the welfare state. The 1999 self-enumerated questionnaire was devoted to a series of questions on a range of social, economic, political, and moral issues. Topics covered (by section) are: (1) newspaper readership, (2) party identification, (3) housing, (4) public spending and social welfare, (5) health, (6) economic activity and labor market, (7) English nationalism, (8) constitutional issues, (9) begging, (10) religion, (11) administration, (12) countryside, (13) transport, (14) education, and (15) taste and decency. An international initiative funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), also contributed a module to the BSA. The topic of the ISSP module in this collection was social inequality. Additional demographic data gathered included age, gender, education, occupation, household income, marital status, social class, and religious and political affiliations.
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National Centre for Social Research. BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY, 1999. ICPSR version. London, England: National Centre for Social Research [producer], 1999. Colchester, Essex, England: United Kingdom Data Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2004. doi:10.3886/ICPSR03898.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03898.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: attitudes, constitutions, defense (military), economic conditions, economic issues, education, gender, government spending, health, health care, housing, income, labor markets, national economy, nationalism, news media, political parties, religious denominations, social attitudes, social inequality, social issues, transportation, trends, values, welfare services
Date of Collection:
Universe: Adults (18 and over) living in private households in Great Britain, excluding the "crofting counties" north of the Caledonian Canal.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
(1) In 1999, Social and Community Planning Research (SCPR) became the National Centre for Social Research. (2) The data and documentation were provided to ICPSR by the UK Data Archive (UKDA). Under agreement with the UKDA, the data are disseminated as they were received, without additional processing by ICPSR. This agreement also provides that ICPSR will disseminate the data only for use within its member institutions. Persons from non-member institutions may request these data directly from the UKDA. (3) The documentation was converted to Portable Document Format (PDF) by the UKDA. The PDF documentation can also be downloaded from the UKDA Web site at http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/. (4) The codebook is provided by the principal investigator as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.
Sample: Multi-stage stratified random sample. The sample was drawn from the Postcode Address File.
personal interviews, and self-enumerated questionnaires
Original ICPSR Release: 2004-07-14
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