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British Election Study: [June] 1983 (ICPSR 8409)

Principal Investigator(s): Heath, A.F.; Jowell, R.M.; Curtice, J.K.; Field, E.J.


This joint project between investigators at Oxford University and at Social and Community Planning Research was designed to yield a representative sample of eligible voters in Great Britain at the time of the 1983 general election. As with previous surveys in the series, electors in Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands and Islands were excluded from the sampling frame. Fieldwork was conducted between July and October and 93 percent of the respondents were interviewed within 12 weeks of the election. Respondents were asked if they cared about the election outcome and what newspaper they read for campaign information. They were also asked to rate the degree of difference between political parties and to give their voting preferences and party affiliations. Respondents provided their opinions on nuclear weaponry, conflict in Northern Ireland, unemployment, inflation, education, and trade unions. Demographic information collected on respondents includes age, sex, marital status, employment history, and self-assigned social class. The respondents also provided information on their parents' social classes and employment histories.

Series: British General Election Survey Series

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Study Description


Heath, A.F., R.M. Jowell, J.K. Curtice, and E.J. Field. BRITISH ELECTION STUDY: [JUNE] 1983. ICPSR version. London, England: Social and Community Planning Research/ Oxford, England: A.F. Heath et al., Oxford University [producers], 1983. Colchester, England: ESRC Data Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2000. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08409.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08409.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    economic conditions, employment, information sources, internal political conflict, life satisfaction, national elections, party loyalty, political affiliation, political attitudes, political interests, political change, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, social change, socioeconomic status, union membership, voter attitudes, voting behavior, voting patterns

Geographic Coverage:    Great Britain, United Kingdom, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1983

Date of Collection:   

  • 1983-07-05--1983-10-05

Universe:    Eligible voters in Great Britain in 1983. Voters in Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands and Islands were excluded.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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Sample:    Approximately 6,000 voters were selected for interview though nonrandom sampling.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1985-10-09

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