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British General Election Study, 1992; Cross-Section Survey

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SN: 2981
Title: British General Election Study, 1992; Cross-Section Survey
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-2981-1
Series: British Election Study [British Election Studies, 1969-]
Depositor: Taylor, B.J., University of Oxford. Nuffield College
Principal investigator(s): Heath, A., University of Oxford. Nuffield College
Jowell, R., Social and Community Planning Research
Curtice, J.K., University of Strathclyde
Brand, J.A., University of Strathclyde
Mitchell, J.C., University of Strathclyde
Data collector(s): Social and Community Planning Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts
Other acknowledgements: P ; 1151, P ; 1185
J. Brand and J. Mitchell were the principal investigators for the Scottish component of the study.

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Heath, A., Jowell, R., Curtice, J.K., Brand, J.A., Mitchell, J.C. (1993). British General Election Study, 1992. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 2981, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-2981-1

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Election and campaign studies - Politics

Abstract

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Main Topics:
Vote in 1992. Political and social attitudes. Numerous questions are replications from previous BES and British Social Attitudes surveys.
Measurement Scales used: Likert scales.
The 'international' scales in the cross-section face-to-face interview questionnaire were taken from previous American National Election Studies. Some questions also appear in Lovenduski and Norris' study of Parliamentary Candidates.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: April 1992 - August 1992
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: No information recorded
Universe: National
Electors in Great Britain
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: One-stage stratified or systematic random sample
3 stage selection procedure. See Technical Notes for further details.
Number of units: 5232 (target) 3534 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
Weighting: No information recorded
Data sources: Official data on turnout in the 1992 General Election were obtained independently of the survey, for both cross-section and panel studies, from records held in the Lord Chancellor's Office. (See variable TURNOUT).

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AGEAPPOINTMENT TO JOBATTITUDES
BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIESBUSINESSESCATHOLICISM
CENSORSHIPCHILDRENCIVIL DISTURBANCES
CLASS CONFLICTCOMMUNITY CHARGECONSERVATIVE PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)
CURRENCIESDEATH PENALTYDEFENCE
DEVELOPING COUNTRIESDISABLED PERSONSECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ECONOMIC GROWTHEDUCATIONEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
ELECTION BROADCASTINGELECTION CAMPAIGNSELECTIONS
ELECTORAL ISSUESELECTORAL SYSTEMSEMPLOYEES
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMESEMPLOYMENTENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
EQUAL OPPORTUNITYETHNIC GROUPSEUROPEAN UNION
EXAMINATIONSEXPENDITUREFAMILIES
FATHER'S OCCUPATIONFATHERSFOREIGN POLICY
FREEDOM OF SPEECHGOVERNMENTGREAT BRITAIN
GREAT BRITAINGREEN PARTY (UNITED KINGDOM)HEADS OF GOVERNMENT
HEALTH SERVICESHOME OWNERSHIPHOMOSEXUALITY
HOSPITAL SERVICESHOUSEHOLDSIMAGE
INCOME DISTRIBUTIONINCOMEINDUSTRIES
INFLATIONINTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONJOB DESCRIPTION
LABOUR PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)LANDLORDSLAW ENFORCEMENT
LEGISLATURELIBERAL DEMOCRATS (GREAT BRITAIN)LOCAL GOVERNMENT
MARITAL STATUSMEETINGSMEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
MORTGAGESMOTHERSMOTOR VEHICLES
NATIONAL ECONOMYNATIONALITYNATIONALIZATION
NEWSPAPER READERSHIPNEWSPAPERSNORTHERN IRELAND
NUCLEAR ENERGYNUCLEAR WEAPONSOCCUPATIONS
PLAID CYMRUPOLITICAL ALLEGIANCEPOLITICAL ATTITUDES
POLITICAL AWARENESSPOLITICAL BEHAVIOURPOLITICAL COALITIONS
POLITICAL EXTREMISMPOLITICAL INFLUENCEPOLITICAL INTEREST
POLITICAL LEADERSPOLITICAL UNIFICATIONPOLITICIANS
POLITICSPOVERTYPRISON SENTENCES
PRIVATE EDUCATIONPRIVATE SCHOOLSPRIVATE SECTOR
PRIVATIZATIONPROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATIONPROTESTANTISM
PUBLIC ENTERPRISESQUALIFICATIONSRADIO NEWS
RELIGIONRELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRELIGIOUS ATTENDANCE
RELIGIOUS CONFLICTRENTED ACCOMMODATIONSCHOOLS
SCOTLANDSCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTYSELF-GOVERNMENT
SHARESSOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL HOUSING
SOCIAL POLICYSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIAL SERVICES
SPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITYSPOUSESSTANDARD OF LIVING
STRIKESSTUDENTSSUPERVISORS
TAXATIONTELEPHONESTELEVISION NEWS
TENANTS' HOME PURCHASINGTIED HOUSINGTRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP
TRADE UNIONSTRAININGUNEMPLOYED
UNEMPLOYMENTUNITED KINGDOMVOTING BEHAVIOUR
VOTING INTENTIONWALESWEALTH
WOMENWOMEN'S RIGHTSWORKERS PARTICIPATION
YOUTH

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Date of release:
First edition: 15 April 1993
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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).
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British Election Study, (1975) The British Election Study of October 1974: methodological report, April.

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

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

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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.

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

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Heath, A., et al, (eds.) (1993) Labour's last chance : the 1992 election and beyond, Aldershot: Dartmouth.

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Sanders, D., Clarke, H., Stewart, M.C. and Whiteley, P. (2011) 'Downs, Stokes and the dynamics of electoral choice', British Journal of Political Science, 41(2), pp.287-314.

Whiteley, P., Clarke, H., Sanders, D., and Stewart, M.C. (2011) 'Britain says NO: Voting in the AV ballot referendum', Parliamentary Affairs, November, pp.1-22.

Clarke, H., Sanders, D., Stewart, M.C. and Whiteley, P. (2013) Campaigning for change – the dynamics of electoral choice in Britain, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
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.

Dardanelli, P. (2001) The Europeanisation of regionalisation: European integration and public support for self-government in Scotland 1979/1997, Queen's Papers on Europeanisation, No. 5/2001, London School of Economics.

Skrondal, A. and Rabe-Hesketh, S. (2003) 'Multilevel logistic regression for polytomous data and rankings' Psychometrika, 68(2), pp.267-287.

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.

Steven, M. (2010) Christianity and party politics: keeping the faith, London: Routledge, December. ISBN 978-0-415-55660-6.

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

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