British General Election Cross-Section Survey, 1992 (ICPSR 6453)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
A. F. (Anthony Francis) Heath; R. Jowell; J.K. Curtice; J.A. Brand; J.C. Mitchell


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Respondents were interviewed for this cross-section survey following the 1992 British General Election. Part 1, Main Data File, covers the political and social attitudes and life experiences of the respondents, including their political interests and party preferences, opinions on comparisons between various parties, employment and union affiliations, and life satisfaction. Numerous questions are replications from previous British Election Studies and British Social Attitudes Surveys. The "international" scales in the cross-section personal interview questionnaire were taken from previous American National Election Studies. In addition, a split-sample experiment was conducted to detect whether there was a question-order effect, with respect to whether respondents were asked first about their vote and then about their party identification or vice versa. Demographic data such as sex, age, region, and religious preference appear in this file as well. Part 2, Sample Demographic File, includes information on sex, age, and region of residence for all 5,232 persons in the original sample.

Heath, A. F. (Anthony Francis), Jowell, R., Curtice, J.K., Brand, J.A., and Mitchell, J.C. British General Election Cross-Section Survey, 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: ESRC Data Archive [distributor], Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18.

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A three-stage selection procedure was used. First, a sample of 218 constituencies was selected (159 in England and Wales and 59 in Scotland). Second, all polling districts within the selected constituencies were ordered in a logical sequence associated with the particular labelling system used within the constituency. Any polling district with fewer than 500 electors was combined with the one following it in this (circular) list to form one unit, so that addresses in any constituency would not be too tightly clustered. At the third stage, within each of the 218 selected polling districts, a sample of 24 electors was selected with equal probability, a random starting point being selected from random number tables and every nth elector chosen. Overall, a sample of 5,232 names was selected in this way (3,816 in England and Wales, and 1,416 in Scotland).

British resident adults on the electoral register and eligible to vote in the general election of April 1992.

personal interviews, telephone interviews, and self-enumerated questionnaires

survey data



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2004-07-09 Additional documentation has been added. All documentation is now available in PDF.


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