British Social Attitudes Survey, 1996

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Social and Community Planning Research
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • British Social Attitudes Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; charitable donations; economic conditions; economic issues; education; employment; European unification; expectations; government programs; government spending; health care services; housing; internal political conflict; labor markets; local government; lotteries; morality; national economy; newspapers; occupations; party affiliation; political knowledge; political participation; public confidence; science education; social attitudes; social change; social issues; transportation; trends; values; voter registration; voting behavior; 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 to the General Social Survey carried out by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) in the United States. The BSA questionnaire has two parts, one administered by an interviewer and the other completed by the respondent. As in the past, the 1996 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 1996 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) newspaper readership, (2) party identification, (3) housing, (4) electoral registration, politics, and political knowledge, (5) public spending, welfare benefits, and health care, (6) economic activity, labor market, and learning (including respondent's occupation), (7) scratchcards (the lottery), (8) social divisions, (9) political trust and Europe, (10) Northern Ireland, (11) taste and decency, (12) classification, (13) countryside, (14) transportation, (15) public understanding of science, (16) education, (17) local authority spending, (18) charitable giving, and (19) welfare/Social Security. 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 the role of government. Additional demographic data included age, education, income, marital status, and religious and political affiliations.
  • Methods

    Part 1 contains one weight variable named WTFACTOR.
  • Methods

    Part 2 contains one weight variable named WEIGHT17.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Respondents 18 and Older
    • DS2: Respondents Age 17
Temporal Coverage
  • 1996-05 / 1996-08
    Time period: 1996-05--1996-08
  • 1996-04 / 1996-08
    Collection date: 1996-04--1996-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Great Britain
  • Global
Sampled Universe
All adults aged 17 or over living in Great Britain in private households.
Multistage stratified random sampling consisting of two stages of selection. Prior to 1993, the sample was taken from the electoral register, whereas this sample was drawn from the Postcode Address File which is a list of addresses (or postal delivery points) compiled by the Post Office.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), 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 and concatenated by ICPSR. 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., NWATTECN) 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, 1994, and Northern Ireland Social Attitudes, 1994. 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.

2006-07-26 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.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3099 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03099.v1
  • 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