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British Social Attitudes Survey, 1983

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Airey, C.R.
  • Jowell, R.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • British Social Attitudes Survey Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom)
  • Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (Great Britain). Monument Trust
Free Keywords
attitudes; defense (military); economic conditions; expectations; government programs; government spending; international relations; labor markets; marriage; morality; national economy; national elections; political affiliation; political attitudes; political participation; public confidence; racial attitudes; religious denominations; sexual attitudes; social change; social classes; social issues; trends; values; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This survey, the first in an annual series, is 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. This survey contained questions on political orientation, including attitudes toward the parties, likely voting behavior in the next British General Election, political tolerance, and relations with other nations. Other topics include beliefs and expectations concerning both national and personal economic conditions, attitudes toward government spending and programs, social problems such as crime and racial prejudice, and attitudes toward marriage and sexual mores. 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: 1983
  • 1983-03 / 1983-06
    Collection date: 1983-03--1983-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Global
  • Great Britain
  • United Kingdom
Sampled Universe
Adults (18 or over) living in private households in Great Britain whose addresses were included in the electoral registers.
Multistage stratified random sample consisting of four stages. The sample was drawn from the electoral register.
Collection Mode
  • In 1999, Social and Community Planning Research (SCPR) became the National Centre for Social Research.

    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.

    The data are provided as an SPSS portable file.

    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

    The formats for some variables in the SPSS portable file (e.g., WHYGO1) 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.

2004-08-26 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. Funding insitution(s): Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom). Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom). Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (Great Britain). Monument Trust.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8391 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08391.v1
  • Hough, Mike. The impact of victimisation: Findings from the British Crime Survey. Victimology.10, (1-4), 488-497.1985.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Airey, C.R.; Jowell, R. (1985): British Social Attitudes Survey, 1983. Archival Version. British Social Attitudes Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.