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British Social Attitudes Survey, 1983-1991: [Cumulative File] (ICPSR 3095)

Principal Investigator(s): Social and Community Planning 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 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. In the cumulative file, BSA data for the years 1983-1991, covering a range of social, economic, political, and moral issues, were merged. Demographic data included gender, age, education, occupation, income, marital status, and religious and political affiliations.

Series: British Social Attitudes Survey Series

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Study Description


Social and Community Planning Research. BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY, 1983-1991: [CUMULATIVE FILE]. ICPSR03095-v2. Brentwood, Essex, England: Social and Community Planning Research [producer], 1996. Colchester, Essex, England: UK Data Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2008-01-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03095.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03095.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, defense (military), economic conditions, economic issues, expectations, government programs, government spending, international relations, labor markets, morality, national economy, political issues, political participation, public confidence, social change, social issues, trends, values, voting behavior, welfare services

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Great Britain

Time Period:   

  • 1983--1991

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and older living in private households in Great Britain (excluding the 'crofting counties' north of the Caledonian Canal).

Data Collection Notes:

Under agreement with the UK Data Archive (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 nonmember institutions may request these data directly from the UKDA.

The data are provided as an SPSS portable file.

The codebook consists of an SPSS data dictionary. The variable labels are abbreviated versions of the survey questions.

The documentation provided by the data producer includes a description of the study and references (User Guide) in text format and BSA Index of Variables (Data Documentation) in PDF format.

For more information regarding this study, please see the UK Data Archive Web site for this survey.



Original ICPSR Release:   2001-08-06

Version History:

  • 2008-01-23 The text and PDF documentation was provided as additional materials by the UK Data Archive.

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