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British Election Study, May 1979; Cross-Section Survey

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SN: 1533
Title: British Election Study, May 1979; Cross-Section Survey
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-1533-1
Series: British Election Study [British Election Studies, 1969-]
Depositor: Crewe, I.M., British Election Study
Depositor: Sarlvik, B., British Election Study
Principal investigator(s): Crewe, I.M., British Election Study
Robertson, D.R., British Election Study
Sarlvik, B., British Election Study
Data collector(s): Research Services Limited
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council

Citation

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Crewe, I.M., Robertson, D.R., Sarlvik, B. British Election Study, May 1979. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 1533, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-1533-1

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Election and campaign studies - Politics

Abstract

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Main Topics:
Attitudinal/Behavioural Questions
Vote in general election, other party thought of, vote in local elections, vote in October 1974, February 1974, and 1970. Direction and strength of party identification, level of negative identification. Marks out of ten for parties and leading politicians, open-ended likes and dislikes for Conservative, Labour and Liberal parties.
Attention to media during the campaign, participation in the campaign, difference between political parties. Political knowledge measured through photography identification. Knowledge, perception of position/record on, and own opinion on: rising prices, strikes, unemployment, law and order, social services and benefits, level of taxation and government services, degree of nationalisation, best way of creating jobs, EEC economic policy, race relations and immigration, how wage levels should be established and laws to regulate activities of trade unions.
Whether respondents thought the following had gone too far: welfare benefits, sex and race equality, pornography, teaching methods, abortion, military cuts, challenging authority. Whether respondents agree/disagree with suggestion that government should: put more cash in health service, establish comprehensives, repatriate immigrants, control land for building, give more foreign aid, bring back the death penalty, give workers more say, curb communists, get rid of poverty, redistribute wealth, preserve the countryside, give stiffer sentences to offenders, allow tenants to buy their council houses, expand the nuclear power industry, withdraw troops from Northern Ireland, reduce the power of the House of Lords. Two series of questions examine the extent of willingness to engage in various forms of political protest and forecasts about Britain's future. Amongst other issues measured were opinions on: devolution, the sex of political candidates, Britains economy in the last six months and in the next few years, income and prices, wage differentials, how good a job the trades unions were doing for their members and for the country as a whole. Respondents were also asked how powerful they thought the trade unions and big business were and how willing the Conservative and Labour parties were to listen to various interests within the economy.
Background Variables
Age, sex, marital status, number of children, Tenure and type of accommodation, area grew up in, length of residence in area. Income, whether respondent has: private telephone, automobile, private medical scheme, domestic help. Type of school attended, type of further education level of qualification gained. Trade union membership, religion, class identification, father and mother's vote. Employment status, occupation, socio-economic group and social grade for respondent, spouse and father. Whether self-employed, number of employees, sector of employment, size of establishment, degree of supervision for respondent and spouse.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: May 1979 - July 1979
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: No information recorded
Universe: National
Electors in Great Britain (south of the Caledonian Canal and excluding Northern Ireland)
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
multi-stage, self-weighting, stratified, probability sample designed to represent the eligible British electorate on May 3rd 1979
Number of units: 3107 (target) 1893 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: No information recorded

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ABORTION (INDUCED)AGEAID
ARMED FORCESATTITUDESAUTHORITY
BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIESBUSINESSESCANVASSING
CENSORSHIPCHILDHOODCHILDREN
CIVIL DISTURBANCESCLASS CONSCIOUSNESSCLASS DIFFERENTIATION
COMMUNISMCOMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLSCONSERVATIVE PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)
COOPERATIONCOUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATIONDEATH PENALTY
DECISION MAKINGDEFENCEDEMOCRACY
DEMONSTRATIONS (PROTESTS)DOMESTIC SERVICESECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ECONOMIC CONDITIONSECONOMIC POLICYECONOMIC RECESSION
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDELDERLYELECTION BROADCASTING
ELECTION CAMPAIGNSELECTIONSELECTORAL ISSUES
EMPLOYMENTENTRANCE EXAMINATIONSENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING CONTROL
EQUAL RIGHTS OF MEN AND WOMENETHNIC GROUPSEUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY
EUROPEAN UNIONFATHER'S OCCUPATIONFATHERS
FINANCIAL EXPECTATIONSFINANCIAL RESOURCESFORECASTING
FURTHER TRAININGGENDERGOVERNMENT
GREAT BRITAINHEADS OF GOVERNMENTHEALTH SERVICES
HIGHER EDUCATIONHOME OWNERSHIPHOME SHARING
HOURS OF WORKHOUSEHOLDSHOUSEWIVES
HOUSING TENUREHOUSINGHUMAN SETTLEMENT
IMMIGRATIONINCOME DISTRIBUTIONINCOME
INDUSTRIESINFLATIONINTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
JUDGMENTS (LEGAL)LABOUR DISPUTESLABOUR LAW
LABOUR PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)LAND USELAW ENFORCEMENT
LAWFUL OPPOSITIONLIBERAL PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)MARITAL STATUS
MEDICAL INSURANCEMEETINGSMEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
MEMBERSHIPMILITARY POWERMORTGAGES
MOTHERSMOTOR VEHICLESNATIONAL ECONOMY
NATIONAL FRONT (UNITED KINGDOM)NATIONALIZATIONNORTHERN IRELAND
NUCLEAR ENERGYNUCLEAR INDUSTRYOCCUPATIONAL STATUS
OCCUPATIONSPATRIOTISMPERSONAL EFFICACY
PLAID CYMRUPOLITICAL ACTIONPOLITICAL ALLEGIANCE
POLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL AWARENESSPOLITICAL BEHAVIOUR
POLITICAL INFLUENCEPOLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL LEADERS
POLITICAL OPPOSITIONPOLITICAL PARTICIPATIONPOLITICAL POWER
POLITICAL SYSTEMSPOLITICIANSPORNOGRAPHY
POVERTYPRESERVATION OF MONUMENTSPRICES
PRIVATE EDUCATIONPRIVATE SCHOOLSPRIVATE SECTOR
PUBLIC EXPENDITUREPUBLIC SECTORQUALIFICATIONS
RACE RELATIONSRACIAL CONFLICTRACIAL DISCRIMINATION
REGIONAL GOVERNMENTRELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRELIGIOUS ATTENDANCE
RELIGIOUS BEHAVIOURRENTED ACCOMMODATIONREPATRIATION
RESIDENTIAL MOBILITYREVOLUTIONARY ACTIONRIOTS
SCHOOL-LEAVING AGESCHOOLSSCOTLAND
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTYSELF-EMPLOYEDSEX DISCRIMINATION
SOCIAL CHANGESOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL CONFORMITY
SOCIAL HOUSINGSOCIAL ORIGINSOCIAL POLICY
SOCIAL PROTESTSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIAL SERVICES
SOCIAL WELFARESOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
SPOUSE'S OCCUPATIONSPOUSE'S OCCUPATIONAL STATUSSPOUSES
STATE CONTROLSTRIKESSTUDENTS
TAXATIONTEACHING METHODSTELEPHONES
TENANTS' HOME PURCHASINGTERRORISMTRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP
TRADE UNION RIGHTSTRADE UNIONSUNEMPLOYED
UNEMPLOYMENTUPPER HOUSEVOTING BEHAVIOUR
VOTING INTENTIONWAGE DETERMINATIONWAGES POLICY
WAGESWALESWOMEN
WOMEN'S RIGHTSWORKERS PARTICIPATION

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 01 January 1981
Copyright: No information recorded
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Please note: These data are also available as part of a collection British Elections, 1963-1992 (SN:3175). They are also available as part of a CD-ROM collection British Election Studies Information System (BESIS) (SN:3588).
Availability: UK Data Service
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By principal investigator(s):
British Election Study, (1974) The British Election Study panel sample 1974: methodological study, June.

British Election Study, (1974) The British Election Survey: technical document, July.

Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., (1974) `The why and how of the February voting', New Society, 12 September.

Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., (1974) The flow of the vote 1970 February 1974 - October 1974.

Sarlvik, B., Crewe, I. and Alt, J., (1974) Class and Party in the elections of 1974.

Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., The decline of the two-party system, paper presented to Political Studies Association Conference, Oxford, March 1975.

British Election Study, (1975) The British Election Study of October 1974: methodological report, April.

British Election Study, (1975) The British Referendum Survey: a report on fieldwork for the Referendum Recall Study, August.

Fox, A., (1975) `Attitudes to immigration: a comparison of data from the 1970 and 1974 general election surveys', New Community Vol. IV (2), Summer.

Miller, W., (1975) Series of articles on the special Scottish surveys, The Scotsman, October 10 and 12.

Sarlvik, B., et al, (1976) `Britain's membership of the EEC: a profile of electoral opinions in the spring of 1974 - with a postscript on the referendum', European Journal of Political Science Vol. 4 (1), March, pp.83-113.

Fox, A. and Alt, J., The reliability of occupational coding, paper presented to SSRC Seminar on Longitudinal Studies, Cambridge, March 1976.

Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., The erosion of partisanship 1964 - 1975, paper presented to the Political Studies Association Conference, Nottingham, March 1976.

Alt, J., Personal well-being and economic trends in Britain, paper presented to ECPR Workshop on Protest, Dissatisfaction and Change, ECPR Joint Sessions, Louvain-la-Neuve, April 1976.

Alt, J., Sarlvik, B. and Crewe, I., (1976) `Partisanship and policy choice: issue preferences in the British electorate, February 1974', British Journal of Political Science, 6(3), July.

Alt, J., Sarlvik, B. and Crewe, I., (1976) `Individual differences scaling and group attitude structures', Quantity and Quality, Vol.10, December.

Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., (1976) `The election of February 1974' IN R. Rose (ed.), Studies in British Politics, 3rd edition, London: Macmillan.

Crewe, I., Fox, A. and Alt, J., (1977) `Non-voting in British general elections 1966 - October 1974' IN C. Crouch (ed.), British Political Sociology Yearbook: Vol. III, Political Participation, London: Croom Helm.

Miller, W., (1977) `The connection between SNP voting and the demand for Scottish self government', The European Journal of Political Research, 5(1), March.

Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., (1977) `Partisan dealignment in Britain 1964 - 1974', British Journal of Political Science, 7(2), April.

Alt, J., Crewe, I. and Sarlvik, B., (1977) `Angels in plastic: Liberal support in 1974', Political Studies, 25(3), September.

Crewe, I. and Sarlvik, B., (1979) `The Conservative Party and the electorate', IN T.L. Henry (ed.), Conservative Party politics, London: Macmillan.

Alt, J.E., (1979) The politics of economic decline, Cambridge University Press.

Crewe, I.M. and Sarlvik, B., (1979) `Popular attitudes and electoral strategy' IN Z. Layton-Henry (ed.), Conservative Party politics, London: Macmillan.

Crewe, I.M., (1980) `Why the Conservatives Won', in H. Penniman (ed.), Britain at the Polls, American Enterprise Institute.

Crewe, I.M., Negative partisanship: some preliminary ideas using British data, Paper presented to European Consortium for Political Research, Florence, March, 1980.

Crewe, I.M., (1980) `Prospects for party realignment: an Anglo-American comparison' Comparative Politics, 12(4), July.

Crewe, I.M., The electoral decline of the Labour Party, paper presented to Conference on the Politics of the Labour Party, Nuffield College, Oxford, September 1980.

British Election Study, (1980) A comparison of respondent's characteristics with known population parameters, Technical paper 1980:1.

British Election Study, (1980) The British Election Study, May 1979 questionnaire, Technical paper 1980:2.

British Election Study, (1981) A description of surveys conducted by the BES Research Project, Technical paper 1981:1.

British Election Study, (1981) Questionnaire continuity guide, Technical paper 1981:2.

Crewe, I.M., (1981) `The Labour Party and the electorate', in D.A. Kavanagh (ed.), The politics of the Labour Party, London: Allen Unwin.

Sarlvik, B., Crewe, I.M., and Robertson, D., Why the parties were liked and disliked in the 1979 Election: an analysis of `Free Answer' survey data, paper presented to the Political Studies Association Conference, Hull, April 1981.

Crewe, I.M., Electoral Volatility in Britain Since 1945, paper presented to the European Consortium for Political Research, Lancaster, 1981.

Crewe, I.M., Party and the public, paper presented to the Hansard Society/American Enterprise Institute Conference on the Role of Political Parties, Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire, May 1981.

Heath, A.F. and MacDonald, S-K., (1988) `The demise of party identification theory?' Electoral Studies, 7, pp.95-107.

Swaddle, K. and Heath, A. (1987) Official and reported turnout in the British General Election of 1987, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Heath, A., (1991) Understanding political change : voting behaviour in Britain 1964-1987, Oxford: Pergamon.

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Taylor, B., Heath, A. and Lynn, P. (1996) The British Election Panel Study 1992-95: Response characteristics and attrition, CREST Working Paper 40.

Surridge, P. et al, (1998) `The Scottish electorate and the Scottish parliament' Scottish Affairs special issue.

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Taylor-Gooby, P. (1987) `Welfare attitudes : cleavage, consensus and citizenship' The Quarterly Journal of Social Affairs, 3(3), pp.199-211.

Rabinowitz, G., Macdonald, S.E. and Listhaug, O., Competing theories of issue voting : is discounting the explanation?, paper prepared for delivery at the Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association, Washington DC, September 2-5 1993.

Baker, J.R. et.al., Looking at Legislatures : citizens' knowledge and perceptions of legislatures in Canada, Great Britain and the United States, paper prepared for delivery at the 16th International Congress of the International Political Science Association (RC8:2), Berlin, August 21-25 1994.

Baker, J.E. et al (1996) `Citizens' knowledge and perceptions of legislatures in Canada, Britain and the United States' The Journal of Legislative Studies, 2(2), pp.44-62.

Kobori, M. (1996) `A study on the North-South divide in Britain of 80s : with reference to the difference of Labour's votes between the North and South' Ryudai Law Review, 56, May, pp.72-104.

Bennett, S., Flickinger, R., and Rhine, S. Political talk - over here, over there and over time : a comparative analysis of who talks about politics in Britain and the United States, 1959-1994, paper presented to the International Society of Political Psychology meeting, Vancouver, June 30th-July 3rd 1996.

Evans, G. and Norris, P. (1999) Critical elections: British parties and voters in long-term perspective, London: Sage Publications.

Tunstall, H. et al (2000) 'Geographical scale, the 'feel-good factor' and voting at the 1997 general election in England and Wales' Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 25, p.51-64.

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A subset of BES 1997 data has been used for the following textbook:
Tarling, R. (2008) Statistical modelling for social researchers: principles and practice, Oxford: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-44840-6. The book's companion web site includes downloadable datasets and further information: retrieved 26 January, 2009, from http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415448406/links.asp.

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Upton, G.J.G. (2016) Categorical data analysis by example, Oxford: Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-30786-0.

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