British Social Attitudes Survey, 1993 (ICPSR 3096)

Published: Jul 22, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
Social and Community Planning Research


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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. The 1993 self-enumerated questionnaire was devoted to a series of questions on a range of social, economic, political, and moral issues. Topics covered (by section) are: (1) government spending, the National Health Service, (2) labor market participation, the workplace, redundancy, employee decision-making, (3) AIDS, the countryside, (4) primary and secondary school education, transportation, the environment, (5) Northern Ireland, the European Community, (6) charitable giving, economic issues and policies (including income and taxation), (7) illegal drugs, social security benefits, child maintenance, (8) sexual relations, (9) housing, (10) religious denomination and attendance, and (11) ethnic origin. Beginning in 1985, an international initiative funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), also contributed a module to the BSA. The topic of the ISSP module in this collection was the environment. Additional demographic data included age, education, income, marital status, and religious and political affiliations.

Social and Community Planning Research. British Social Attitudes Survey, 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-07-22.

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Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (Great Britain)

Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom)

Charities Aid Foundation (United Kingdom)

Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom)

Department of Employment

Department of Health (United Kingdom)

Home Office (United Kingdom)

Department of Social Security (United Kingdom)

Department of Education

Scottish Office Education Department

Countryside Commission (Great Britain)

European Commission



(1) In 1999, Social and Community Planning Research (SCPR) became the National Centre for Social Research. (2) Under agreement with the 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. (3) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (4) The documentation was converted to Portable Document Format (PDF) by the UKDA. The PDF documentation can also be downloaded from the UKDA Web site. (5) The formats for some variables in the SPSS portable file (e.g., REMPLOYE) are not wide enough to accommodate the missing value specifications. For some procedures SPSS will display these missing values as asterisks. Users can widen the formats to display the actual missing value codes. (6) The documentation contains information for two different studies: British Social Attitudes, 1993, and Northern Ireland Social Attitudes, 1993. However, only the British Social Attitudes dataset is provided in this collection. (7) The British Social Attitudes Survey series began in 1983 and was conducted every year since, except in 1988 and 1992 when the core funding from the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts was devoted to conducting post-election studies of political attitudes and voting behavior in the British Election Study (BES) Survey series. (8) In 1993 a split-sample experiment was carried out whereby a random half of the sample points was allocated to computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) and the rest to pencil and paper interviewing (PAPI).

Multistage stratified random sample consisting of four stages. From 1993 the sample was drawn from the Postcode Address File, whereas in previous years it had been drawn from the electoral register.

All adults aged 18 or over living in private households in Britain whose addresses were included in the electoral registers (excluding the "crofting counties" north of the Caledonian Canal).

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2005-07-22 The data and documentation were resupplied by the United Kingdom Data Archive (UKDA). The data are now available as an SPSS portable file and the documentation has been converted to PDF by the UKDA.


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