|The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, formerly known as ONS Opinions Survey or Omnibus, is a regular, multi-purpose survey which was carried out in eight months of the year until April 2005. From this point it has run monthly. It started operating commercially in 1990 and was set up originally to meet the needs of government departments for a survey that used short and simple sets of questions, had greater statistical reliability than private sector omnibus surveys and a properly designed random sample. Now, however, an increasing number of academics are finding it a valuable research tool.
The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey is used for a number of purposes, for example:
- to provide quick answers to questions of immediate interest
- to provide information on topics that do not require a full survey
- to develop and pilot questions for other surveys
- to sift for subgroups that can be followed up in another survey
From January 2008 the ONS Omnibus Survey changed its name to the ONS Opinions Survey (OPN) and became part of the Integrated Household Survey (IHS). As a result, certain classificatory variables were altered to harmonise with the rest of the surveys that form the IHS. For further information, see detailed breakdown of the changes contained within the documentation for 2008 studies onwards.
Subsequently, in January 2010, the OPN component was dropped from the IHS due to only one individual per household being interviewed, while the IHS requires questions to be asked of all household members. This process significantly increased the length of the OPN interview and, therefore, OPN reverted back to interviewing one household member, but still contains questions harmonised to the IHS.
From April 2012 the ONS Opinions Survey changed its name to the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey following the merger of the non-EU-SILC questions from the General Lifestyle Survey.
Special Licence Access Opinions and Lifestyle Survey data
With effect from 2008, the decision was made by ONS to make all new and existing Disability Monitoring data (Module 363) and Contraception data (Module 170) issuable only to Approved Researchers under Special Licence access conditions due to the disclosive nature of the modules. See the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey Special Licence Access datasets page.
|The non-core questions for this month were:
Tobacco consumption (Module 210): this module was asked on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs to help estimate the amount of tobacco consumed as cigarettes.
Working conditions (Module 346): this module was asked on behalf of researchers at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and questions asked relate to assessing the way people work and their levels of job-related stress.
Transport direct (Module 351): this module was asked on behalf of the Department for Transport which is interested in finding out which travel information services respondents have used and what they think of them.
Disability monitoring (Module 363): the Special Licence version of this module is held under SN 6469.
Use of HRT (Module 368): the National Health Service is interested in women's use of cancer screening services, in particular breast cancer screening and cervical cancer screening. The module also asks about the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Cancer registration (Module 369): this module was asked on behalf of Brunel University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Cancer Research UK and asks questions about cancer research and health information relating to cancer, personal privacy, and the balance between the two.
Gambling (Module 372): this module was asked on behalf of the Department of Customs and Excise which is interested in collecting information about betting with book-makers, betting exchanges and others taking bets.
Attitudes to pensions (Module 373): this module was asked on behalf of the Pensions Commission which is interested in planning for, and expectations of, retirement.