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British General Election Study: Campaign Panel, 1997

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Heath, A.
  • Jowell, R.
  • Curtice, J.K.
  • Norris, P.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • British General Election Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
economic conditions; information dissemination; media coverage; national elections; political attitudes; political awareness; political campaigns; political change; political influences; political leaders; public opinion; trust in government; voter attitudes; voting behavior; voting patterns
  • Abstract

    This study was conducted (1) to analyze the interaction between medium-term economic and short-term political factors and the ways in which they determine the outcome of elections, and (2) to explore election campaign dynamics and how the process of modernization and professionalization of campaign communications has affected the role of political leaders, the media, and the political trust and knowledge of voters. For the study, adults aged 17 years and over living in Great Britain (excluding Scotland north of the Caledonian Canal) were surveyed over four waves. Wave A, fielded during spring/summer 1996, consisted of personal interviews with 3,662 respondents. Subsequent waves were conducted through telephone interviews. Wave B, fielded April 1-16, 1997, consisted of interviews with 1,800 respondents, while Wave C, fielded April 17-30, 1997, consisted of interviews with 1,809 respondents. Wave D, conducted during May 1997 after the 1997 election, interviewed 2,047 respondents. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, race, ethnicity, political party, political orientation, number of members in the household, marital status, social class, employment history, health insurance status, citizenship, voter registration status, lottery/gambling participation, household income, and housing and neighborhood conditions.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • Great Britain
  • United Kingdom
  • Global
Collection Mode
  • (1) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (2) This is an interim version of the 1997 BGES Campaign Panel supplied by the depositor to allow immediate use of the data for those who require it. Potential users should be aware that the normal checking procedures have not been carried out. The ESRC expects to make available a fully processed version of the data, and encourages users to await the final version if at all possible. (3) The machine-readable documentation, including codebook, questionnaires, and frequencies, is provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet. (4) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2619 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Abramson, Paul R.. Of Time and Partisan Instability in Britain. British Journal of Political Science.22, (3), 381-395.1992.
    • ID: 10.1017/S0007123400006438 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Heath, A.; Jowell, R.; Curtice, J.K.; Norris, P. (1999): British General Election Study: Campaign Panel, 1997. Version 1. British General Election Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.