British Election Study: EEC Referendum Survey, 1975 (ICPSR 7872)

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Bo Saerlvik, University of Essex; Ivor Crewe, University of Essex; David Robertson, University of Essex


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This data collection is part of a continuing series of surveys of the British electorate, begun by David Butler and Donald Stokes at Nuffield College, Oxford, in 1963, and continued at the University of Essex. In the EEC Referendum Survey, 2,117 British electors responded to a questionnaire that was mailed to all respondents interviewed in the BRITISH ELECTION STUDY, OCTOBER 1974, CROSS-SECTION (ICPSR 7870) and, thus, it constitutes the third wave of a panel, including also the FEBRUARY 1974 CROSS-SECTION (ICPSR 7868). As with other surveys in the series, electors in Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands and Islands were excluded from the sampling frame. The three purposes of the survey were (1) to collect information on voting in the referendum about Great Britain's entry into the Common Market held in the spring of 1974, (2) to collect data on respondents' views of the parties and politics in general (as in the earlier panel waves), and (3) to include questions about the referendum as such, i.e., as a constitutional form of decision-making. Respondents answered questions regarding readership of official leaflets on the European Economic Community (EEC), attitudes toward future referendum votes, expected effect of Britain's membership in the EEC (in particular, on prices), their vote in the referendum, strength of opinion about the EEC, difference made to voting decision by new terms negotiated by the government, attitude toward Labour Government's handling of rising prices, party identification, and strength of party support. Respondents were also asked to rate the Conservative, Labour, Liberal, and Scottish National political parties. Finally, respondents were asked to reveal their degree of trust in the parties and their knowledge of orientations of various power groups toward the EEC.

Saerlvik, Bo, Crewe, Ivor, and Robertson, David. British Election Study: EEC Referendum Survey, 1975. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-16.

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1975-06 -- 1975-08
1975-06 -- 1975-08
  1. The data and accompanying documentation are disseminated, under an agreement with the UK Data Archive, exactly as they were received, without modification by ICPSR. This agreement also provides that ICPSR will disseminate these data only for use within member institutions.

  2. Users are advised that the following studies were provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Survey Archive, University of Essex, England:

    • British Election Study: February 1974, Cross-Section (ICPSR 7868)
    • British Election Study: 1969-1970, February 1974 Panel (ICPSR 7869)
    • British Election Study: October 1974, Cross-Section (ICPSR 7870)
    • British Election Study: October 1974, Scottish Cross-Section (ICPSR 7871)
    • British Election Study: EEC Referendum Study, 1975 (ICPSR 7872)
    • British Election Study: May 1979, Cross Section (ICPSR 8196)
    • British Election Study: [June] 1983 (ICPSR 8409)
    • British Social Attitudes Survey, 1986 (ICPSR 8910)

All respondents interviewed in the British Election Study, October 1994, were surveyed. This constitutes the third wave of the panel study. Telephone and personal interviews were conducted only with the few participants who did not reply to the mailed questionnaire.

The eligible British electorate living south of the Caledonian Canal and excluding Northern Ireland.



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:
  • Saerlvik, Bo, Ivor Crewe, and David Robertson. British Election Study: EEC Referendum Survey, 1975. ICPSR07872-v1. Colchester, England: ESRC Data Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2006-01-16.

2006-01-16 A PDF documentation file provided by the UK Data Archive has been made available with this collection.