British Social Attitudes Survey, 1995

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; civil rights; defense (military); disabled persons; drugs; economic conditions; education; environment; ethnicity; euthanasia; expectations; fear of crime; government programs; government spending; housing; internal political conflict; labor markets; morality; national economy; national identity; newspapers; pensions; political issues; political participation; public confidence; religious affiliation; social attitudes; social change; social issues; Social Security; taxation; transportation; trends; values; 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 1995 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 1995 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 and identification, (2) public spending, welfare benefits, and health care, (3) economic activity, labor market, training, and disabled people, (4) fear of crime, (5) constitutional issues, (6) education, (7) drugs, (8) Northern Ireland, (9) housing, (10) religion and ethnic origin, (11) classification, (12) countryside, the environment, and transportation, (13) taste and decency, (14) economic prospects, (15) taxation and public spending, (16) charitable giving, (17) welfare/Social Security, (18) euthanasia, and (19) pensions. 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 national identity. Additional demographic data included age, education, income, marital status, and religious and political affiliations.
  • Methods

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


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1995
  • 1995-05 / 1995-07
    Collection date: 1995-05--1995-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Great Britain
  • Global
Collection Mode
  • 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., SATELLIT) 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 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
  • 3098 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03098.v2

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30