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Political Change in Britain, 1969-1970 (ICPSR 7004)

Principal Investigator(s): Butler, David; Stokes, Donald E.


The data consist of a national cross-section of the electorate in England, Scotland, and Wales who were first interviewed in 1969 (1,114 respondents). Of these, 792 were reinterviewed in 1970, and 1,093 new respondents were added to the 1969-1970 panel to create a representative electorate sample for the second wave. Questions were asked about political interest, involvement in political activities, and mass media usage as a political news source. Opinions on a large number of political issues were also ascertained, as well as evaluations of the political parties and candidates using several dimensions and methods of assessment.

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Study Description


Butler, David, and Donald E. Stokes. Political Change in Britain, 1969-1970. ICPSR07004-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1973. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07004.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07004.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    candidates, Conservative Party, crime, education, elections, employment, European Economic Community, foreign policy, government performance, Heath, Edward, immigration, inflation, Labor Party, Liberal Party, party membership, political change, political issues, political leaders, political participation, political parties, political perceptions, politics, voter attitudes, voters, voting behavior, Wilson, Harold

Geographic Coverage:    England, Global, Great Britain, Scotland, Wales

Time Period:   

  • 1969--1970

Universe:    Population of England, Scotland, and Wales 16.5 years of age and older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The frequencies written in the codebook are not always accurate and should be disregarded.


Sample:    A representative sample of the British population qualified to vote in the next election was drawn for the 1969 wave. In 1970, a new representative sample of the British electorate was created, including a panel of respondents originally surveyed in 1969, who were reinterviewed in 1970.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-19

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