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Study Report

Study Number: KC-504-004-1-1-United Kingdom-ICPSR-1986

Subject Area: Election Returns

Bibliographic Citation: British general election panel survey, 1986-1987.  [machine-readable data file] / Heath, A.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6450

Date Accessioned: 5/1/1997

Number of Files Received: 10

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Date Ordered: 5/1/1997

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Abstract: This study, a follow-up to the BRITISH ELECTION STUDY: [JUNE] 1983 (ICPSR 8409), was undertaken to describe and explain the outcome of the 1987 general election in Great Britain. The investigators sought to measure the magnitude and causes of the erosion of enduring support for the two major British political parties, the changing relationship between social stratification and electoral behavior, the pattern and sources of short-term voting change, and the division of opinion over major political issues and their relationships to the party division of the vote. Questions were posed regarding voting behavior in 1987 and general social and political attitudes. Numerous replications of measures used in the 1983 British Election Study were included.

The British Election Study (BES) at the University of Essex was initiated in 1974 to continue the series of election surveys previously conducted by David Butler and Donald Stokes (Political Change in Britain, 1963-1970). Surveys were conducted following the general elections of February 1974, October 1974, and May 1979, and following the Referendum on Britain's membership in the European Economic Community in 1975. The series has continued under the name British General Election Surveys (BGES), with surveys carried out at the time of the general elections of 1983, 1987, and 1992. The British General Election Survey has three general aims: (1) to collect data with a view to describing and explaining the outcome of general elections, (2) to analyze long-term changes in political attitudes and behavior from the early 1960s to the present, and (3) to organize and make available these data in a form suitable for a wide range of research. In 1992, a grant by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to the University of Strathclyde enabled the representation of Scottish electors in the sample to be boosted substantially. This ''oversampling'' of the Scots was undertaken to permit more detailed investigation of voting behavior in Scotland than has usually been the case with the British General Election Surveys.

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