British Social Attitudes Surveys, 1983-2012 (ICPSR 36457)

Version Date: Jun 27, 2016 View help for published

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Stephen Farrall, University of Sheffield

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This collection represents collated data from the British Social Attitudes Surveys (BSAS) between 1982 and 2012, and are part of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project.

The dataset contains variables relating to social and political attitudes and beliefs/perceptions of various social issues, such as the death penalty, homosexuals and adoption, government spending, welfare, and censorship; almost all of the questions were asked repeatedly throughout the British Social Attitudes Surveys.

Demographic variables in the data include household income, employment status, education, region, social class, household composition, marital status, age, sex, and ethnicity. Variables about government benefits respondents received are also included.

Farrall, Stephen. British Social Attitudes Surveys, 1983-2012. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-06-27.

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Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom) (ES/K006398/1)

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
1983 -- 2012
1983 -- 2012 (Spring of each year)

The documentation references the British Crime Survey/Crime Survey for England and Wales, and the British Election Studies, however, this collection strictly reflects the collated British Social Attitudes Surveys data.

This collection is related to the British Social Attitudes Survey Series.

Additional information about the BSAS can be found on the British Social Attitudes Information System Web site.

Random probability sampling.

Time Series

Adult citizens living in private households in Great Britain.


British Social Attitudes Surveys series

survey data

There will be variation from year to year.


2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Farrall, Stephen. British Social Attitudes Surveys, 1983-2012. ICPSR36457-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-06-27.

2016-06-27 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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data are not weighted. A NatCen Social Research computed weight variable, WTFACTOR, has been included in the dataset and must be used in all analysis. Please refer to the ICPSR Codebook for more information about the weight.


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