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British General Election Panel Survey, 1992-1997 (ICPSR 2616)

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


The 1992-1997 British Election Panel Survey contacted a sample of registered British electors a total of eight times, the first wave being just after the April 1992 general election and the final wave just after the May 1997 general election. The aim of the study was to investigate individual-level stability and change in political attitudes, economic and social circumstances, and voting behavior over the lifetime of the 1992-1997 Parliament. A wave of data collection was carried out each spring, immediately following the general elections (1992, 1997), local government elections (1993, 1995, 1996), and European Parliament elections (1994). In addition, there were two autumn waves, in 1995 and 1996, both following the party conference season.

Series: British General Election Survey Series

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Study Description


Heath, A., R. Jowell, and J.K. Curtice. BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION PANEL SURVEY, 1992-1997. ICPSR version. London, England: Social and Community Planning Research [producer], 1998. Colchester, England: ESRC Data Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02616.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR02616.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    local elections, national elections, parliamentary elections, party loyalty, political attitudes, political change, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, social change, socioeconomic status, voter attitudes, voting behavior, voting patterns

Geographic Coverage:    Great Britain, United Kingdom, Global

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (2) This is an interim version of the 1992-1997 Panel Survey supplied by the depositor to allow immediate use of the data for those who require it. Potential users should be aware that the normal checking procedures have not been carried out. The ESRC expects to make available a fully processed version, and encourages users to await the final version if at all possible. (3) The only documentation currently available for this interim version data file is provided. (4) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (5) The codebook, questionnaires, and frequencies are provided 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 through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.



Original ICPSR Release:   1999-01-21

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