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Study Number: KC-504-006-1-1-United Kingdom-ICPSR-1992

Subject Area: Election Returns

Bibliographic Citation: British general election cross-section survey, 1992.  [machine-readable data file] / Heath, A.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6453

Date Accessioned: 5/1/1997

Number of Files Received: 10

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Date Ordered: 5/1/1997

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Abstract: Respondents were interviewed for this cross-section survey following the 1992 British General Election. Part 1, Main Data File, covers the political and social attitudes and life experiences of the respondents, including their political interests and party preferences, opinions on comparisons between various parties, employment and union affiliations, and life satisfaction. Numerous questions are replications from previous British Election Studies and British Social Attitudes Surveys. The ''international'' scales in the cross-section personal interview questionnaire were taken from previous American National Election Studies. In addition, a split-sample experiment was conducted to detect whether there was a question-order effect, with respect to whether respondents were asked first about their vote and then about their party identification or vice versa. Demographic data such as sex, age, region, and religious preference appear in this file as well. Part 2, Sample Demographic File, includes information on sex, age, and region of residence for all 5,232 persons in the original sample.

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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