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British Social Attitudes Survey, 1991

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Social and Community Planning Research
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • British Social Attitudes Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; charitable donations; child support; defense (military); divorce; economic conditions; economic issues; environment; gender; government spending; health; health care; housing; income; internal political conflict; labor markets; morality; national economy; news media; pensions; political issues; political participation; poverty; racial attitudes; religious denominations; social attitudes; social classes; social inequality; social issues; taxation; trends; values; welfare services
  • Abstract

    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 in purpose to the General Social Survey carried out by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) in the United States. The BSA questionnaire had two parts, one administered by an interviewer and the other completed by the respondent. As in the past, the 1991 interview questionnaire contained a number of "core" questions covering the major topic areas of defense, the economy, labor market participation, and the welfare state. The 1991 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) charitable giving, (2) divorce, (3) child support, (4) economic activity, (5) economic issues and policies, (6) environment, (7) government spending, (8) health and lifestyle, (9) health care, (10) household income, (11) housing, (12) trust in institutions, (13) judgments of right and wrong, (14) labor market participation, (15) labor market and gender issues, (16) labor market and the work ethic, (17) labor market and training, (18) newspaper readership, (19) British presence in Northern Ireland, (20) community relations in Northern Ireland, (21) party politics, (22) pensions, (23) political participation and efficacy, (24) poverty, (25) race, (26) racial discrimination, (27) religious denomination and attendance, (28) religious beliefs, (29) sex and gender issues, (30) domestic division of labor, (31) social class, (32) social inequality, (33) taxation, (34) trust in institutions, and (35) the welfare state. An international initiative funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), also contributes a module to the BSA. The topic of the ISSP module in this collection was religion. Additional demographic data gathered included age, gender, education, occupation, household income, marital status, social class, and religious and political affiliations.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1991
  • Collection date: 1991
Geographic Coverage
  • Great Britain
  • United Kingdom
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Adults (18 and over) living in private households in Great Britain, excluding the "crofting counties" north of the Caledonian Canal.
Multistage stratified random sample consisting of four stages. The sample was drawn from the electoral register.
Collection Mode
  • (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 non-member institutions may request these data directly from the UKDA. (3) The documentation contains information for two different studies: British Social Attitudes, 1991, and Northern Ireland Social Attitudes, 1991. In this collection, only the British Social Attitudes dataset is provided. (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 at (5) The codebook is provided by the principal investigator as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. 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 on the ICPSR Web site.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3089 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Paterson, Lindsay. Education, social attitudes and social participation among adults in Britain. Sociological Research Online.19, (1), 2014.
    • ID: 10.5153/sro.3235 (DOI)

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

Social and Community Planning Research (2004): British Social Attitudes Survey, 1991. Version 1. British Social Attitudes Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.