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British General Election Panel Survey, 1987-1992 (ICPSR 6451)

Principal Investigator(s): Heath, A.; Jowell, R.; Curtice, J.K.; Brand, J.A.; Mitchell, J.C.


This study queried respondents to the BRITISH ELECTION STUDY: CROSS-SECTION, 1987 (ICPSR 6452). The main focus was on the political and social attitudes and life experiences of the respondents, such as their political interests and party preferences, opinions on comparisons between various parties, their employment and union affiliations, and life satisfaction. Numerous questions were replications from previous British Election Studies and British Social Attitudes Surveys. This five-wave panel dataset was weighted to compensate to some extent for the effects of differential attrition. The aim was to make the various groups of the respondents at the different panel stages representative of the 1987 cross-sectional sample simply in terms of voting behavior.

Series: British General Election Survey Series

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Study Description


Heath, A., R. Jowell, J.K. Curtice, J.A. Brand, and J.C. Mitchell. BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION PANEL SURVEY, 1987-1992. ICPSR version. London, England: Social and Community Planning Research [producer], 1992. Colchester, England: ESRC Data Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06451.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06451.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    employment, life satisfaction, national elections, party loyalty, political affiliation, political attitudes, political interests, political change, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, social change, union membership, voter attitudes, voting behavior, voting patterns

Geographic Coverage:    Great Britain, United Kingdom, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1987--1992

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992

Universe:    Respondents in the 1987 British General Election Cross-Section Study who were electors in Great Britain in 1987.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) These data were provided to ICPSR by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Archive, University of Essex, England. The data are disseminated, under an agreement with the ESRC, exactly as they were received without modification by ICPSR. This agreement also provides that ICPSR will disseminate the data only for use within its member institutions. (2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR 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:    Of the 3,826 respondents to the 1987 survey, 363 said they were unwilling to be reinterviewed and so were excluded from the panel survey. Attempts were made to trace all the remaining 3,463 respondents with the result that 1,631 respondents with known telephone numbers were used for the telephone campaign and post- election survey waves, and 2,062 (including those without telephones or whose phone numbers were untraceable) remained in the sample for a face-to-face interview.

Data Source:

personal interviews, telephone interviews, self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1996-10-08

Version History:

  • 2004-07-09 Additional documentation has been added. All documentation is now available in PDF.

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