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British Social Attitudes Surveys, 1983-2012

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Farrall, Stephen (University of Sheffield)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom)
Free Keywords
beliefs; households; perceptions; political attitudes; public opinion; social attitudes; social issues; social values
  • Abstract

    This collection represents collated data from the British Social Attitudes Surveys (BSAS) between 1982 and 2012, and are part of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project. The dataset contains variables relating to social and political attitudes and beliefs/perceptions of various social issues, such as the death penalty, homosexuals and adoption, government spending, welfare, and censorship; almost all of the questions were asked repeatedly throughout the British Social Attitudes Surveys. Demographic variables in the data include household income, employment status, education, region, social class, household composition, marital status, age, sex, and ethnicity. Variables about government benefits respondents received are also included.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted. A NatCen Social Research computed weight variable, WTFACTOR, has been included in the dataset and must be used in all analysis. Please refer to the ICPSR Codebook for more information about the weight.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: There will be variation from year to year.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: British Social Attitudes Surveys, 1983-2012
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983 / 2012
    Time period: 1983--2012
  • 1983 / 2012
    Collection date: 1983--2012
Geographic Coverage
  • England
  • Global
  • Scotland
  • Wales
Sampled Universe
Adult citizens living in private households in Great Britain. Smallest Geographic Unit: UK Standard Regions
Random probability sampling.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), paper and pencil interview (PAPI)

    The documentation references the British Crime Survey/Crime Survey for England and Wales, and the British Election Studies, however, this collection strictly reflects the collated British Social Attitudes Surveys data.

    This collection is related to the British Social Attitudes Survey Series.

    Additional information about the BSAS can be found on the British Social Attitudes Information System Web site.

Funding insitution(s): Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom) (ES/K006398/1).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36457 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2016-06-27 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2016-06-27

Farrall, Stephen (2016): British Social Attitudes Surveys, 1983-2012. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.