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British Election Study: [June] 1983

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Heath, A.F.
  • Jowell, R.M.
  • Curtice, J.K.
  • Field, E.J.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • British General Election Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
economic conditions; employment; information sources; internal political conflict; life satisfaction; national elections; party loyalty; political affiliation; political attitudes; political interests; political change; public opinion; quality of life; social attitudes; social change; socioeconomic status; union membership; voter attitudes; voting behavior; voting patterns
  • Abstract

    This joint project between investigators at Oxford University and at Social and Community Planning Research was designed to yield a representative sample of eligible voters in Great Britain at the time of the 1983 general election. As with previous surveys in the series, electors in Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands and Islands were excluded from the sampling frame. Fieldwork was conducted between July and October and 93 percent of the respondents were interviewed within 12 weeks of the election. Respondents were asked if they cared about the election outcome and what newspaper they read for campaign information. They were also asked to rate the degree of difference between political parties and to give their voting preferences and party affiliations. Respondents provided their opinions on nuclear weaponry, conflict in Northern Ireland, unemployment, inflation, education, and trade unions. Demographic information collected on respondents includes age, sex, marital status, employment history, and self-assigned social class. The respondents also provided information on their parents' social classes and employment histories.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1983
  • 1983-07-05 / 1983-10-05
    Collection date: 1983-07-05--1983-10-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Great Britain
  • United Kingdom
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters in Great Britain in 1983. Voters in Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands and Islands were excluded.
Approximately 6,000 voters were selected for interview though nonrandom sampling.
Collection Mode
  • The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated 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
  • 8409 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Heath, A.F.; Jowell, R.M.; Curtice, J.K.; Field, E.J. (1985): British Election Study: [June] 1983. Version 1. British General Election Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.