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British Social Attitudes Survey, 1985

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Social and Community Planning Research
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • British Social Attitudes Survey Series
Publication Date
1987-10-12
Funding Reference
  • Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom)
  • Marks and Spencer (United Kingdom)
  • Shell UK Limited
  • Department of Employment
  • Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (Great Britain). Monument Trust
  • Department of the Environment (United Kingdom)
  • Countryside Commission (Great Britain)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom)
Language
English
Free Keywords
attitudes; economic conditions; economic issues; education; employment; environmental attitudes; expectations; gender issues; government programs; government spending; health care services; housing; international relations; labor markets; mass media; morality; national economy; nuclear war; political attitudes; racial attitudes; religious attitudes; rural areas; social attitudes; social change; social issues; social values; technological change; trends; welfare services
Description
  • 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 1985 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 1985 self-enumerated questionnaire was devoted to a series of questions on a range of social, economic, political, and moral issues. Topics that received attention include: (1) media, politics, and international affairs, (2) economic expectations and evaluations and labor market participation, (3) social expenditure, welfare state issues, the National Health Service, and education, and (4) social class, religion, racial prejudice, gender issues, and public and private morality. Other questions covered the welfare state, environment, technology and employment, and nuclear war. Beginning in 1985, an international initiative funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), also contributed a module to the BSA. The topic of the ISSP module in this collection was the role of government. Additional demographic data gathered included age, gender, education, occupation, household income, marital status, social class, and religious and political affiliations.
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1985
  • 1985-04 / 1985-05
    Collection date: 1985-04--1985-05
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).
Sampling
Multistage stratified random sample consisting of four stages. The sample was drawn from the electoral register.
Collection Mode
  • (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 at http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/. (5) The codebook is provided by the principal investigator as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed 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.

Note
2004-09-23 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). Marks and Spencer (United Kingdom). Shell UK Limited. Department of Employment. Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (Great Britain). Monument Trust. Department of the Environment (United Kingdom). Countryside Commission (Great Britain). Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom).
Availability
Delivery
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 (help@icpsr.umich.edu).
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8551 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08551.v2
Publications
  • Jowell, R., Witherspoon, S.. British Social Attitudes: The 1985 Report. Aldershot, England: Gower. 1985.

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

Social and Community Planning Research (1987): British Social Attitudes Survey, 1985. Version 1. British Social Attitudes Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08551.v1