British Social Attitudes Survey, 1989

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Social and Community Planning Research
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • British Social Attitudes Survey Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom)
  • Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (Great Britain)
  • Department of Employment
  • Department of the Environment (United Kingdom)
  • Countryside Commission (Great Britain)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom)
Free Keywords
attitudes; economic conditions; economic issues; expectations; defense (military); families; government programs; government spending; international relations; labor markets; morality; national economy; organizations; political issues; political participation; public confidence; social attitudes; social change; social issues; trends; values; welfare services; women
  • 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 1986 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 1989 self-enumerated questionnaire was devoted to a series of questions on a range of social, economic, political, and moral issues. Topics that received attention (by section) include: (1) newspaper readership, defense, international relations, (2) economic issues/policies, household income, economic activity, labor market participation, (3) the welfare state, the National Health Service, (4) race (short), social class, religion, (5) moral issues, race (long), poverty, and state benefits, (6) diet and health (long), politics (long), (7) industry/jobs, Northern Ireland issues, (8) housing, and (9) AIDS, diet, and health (short). Beginning in 1985, an international initiative funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), also contributed a module to the BSA. In 1989, the British Social Attitudes Survey questionnaire carried two international modules, as no field work was carried out in 1988. Both the 1988 ISSP module on women and the family and the 1989 ISSP module on work orientations are included. Additional demographic data gathered included age, gender, education, occupation, household income, marital status, social class, and religious and political affiliations.
  • Methods

    There is one weight variable in the data file called WTFACTOR.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1989
  • Collection date: 1989
Geographic Coverage
  • Great Britain
  • Global
Sampled Universe
All adults aged 18 or over living in private households in Britain whose addresses were included in the electoral registers (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
  • face-to-face interview, self-enumerated questionnaire

    (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 nonmember institutions may request these data directly from the UKDA. (3) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (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. (5) The formats for some variables in the SPSS portable file (e.g., SMOREFT) are not wide enough to accommodate the missing value specifications. For some procedures SPSS will display these missing values as asterisks. Users can widen the formats to display the actual missing value codes. (6) The documentation contains information for two different studies: British Social Attitudes, 1989, and Northern Ireland Social Attitudes, 1989. However, only the British Social Attitudes dataset is provided in this collection. (7) The British Social Attitudes Survey series began in 1983 and was conducted every year since, except in 1988 and 1992 when the core funding from the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts was devoted to conducting post-election studies of political attitudes and voting behavior in the British Election Study (BES) Survey series.

2005-07-22 The data and documentation were resupplied by the United Kingdom Data Archive (UKDA). The data are now available as an SPSS portable file and the documentation has been converted to PDF by the UKDA. Funding insitution(s): Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom). Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (Great Britain). Department of Employment. Department of the Environment (United Kingdom). Countryside Commission (Great Britain). Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3092 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03092.v1

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