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British Election Study, February 1974; Cross-Section Survey

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SN: 359
Title: British Election Study, February 1974; Cross-Section Survey
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-359-1
Series: British Election Study [British Election Studies, 1969-]
Depositor: Crewe, I.M., British Election Study
Depositor: Sarlvik, B., British Election Study
Principal investigator(s): Alt, J., British Election Study
Crewe, I.M., British Election Study
Sarlvik, B., British Election Study
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council

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Alt, J., Crewe, I.M., Sarlvik, B. British Election Study, February 1974. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 359, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-359-1

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Election and campaign studies - Politics

Abstract

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Main Topics:
Attitudinal/Behavioural Questions
Attention to television and newspapers, perceived bias in newspapers, perceived difference between political parties. Opinion of Conservative and Labour parties. Attitude to election and strength of political opinion and interest. Knowledge, perception of party position/record and own opinion on: prices, strikes in general, the miners' strike, pensions, the Common Market, nationalisation, social services, Communists, devolution, income tax and wage controls, Britain's dependency on other countries (USA, Russia, France, Germany and Australia). Trust in political parties, vote in election, and second choice, other parties considered, vote in 1970 and 1966. Frequency of discussion about politics, direction and strength of party identification. Respondents were asked to give marks out of ten to political parties and personalities. Prediction for incomes, unemployment, and Britain's economic situation. Opinion on: young people, accommodation, politicians, neighbourhood, life in general, personal financial status, occupation, political parties, today's standards, local government, change, getting ahead, government's achievements. Attitude to election results by a variety of criteria, identification of groups with too much or too little political power, groups with whom the respondent identifies. Likes and dislikes for Conservative and Labour parties.
Background Variables
Age, sex, marital status, employment status, socio-economic group, experience of unemployment in household, income, occupation, degree of supervision and responsibility in job (for self and spouse). Father's vote, party choice and strength of support. Father's occupation, employment status and social grade. Type of school attended, further education. Tenure, type and length of residence, expectation of move, place of residence during childhood. Trade union membership and interest, class identification. Newspapers read.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: March 1974 - April 1974
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: No information recorded
Universe: National
Electors in Britain (excluding constituencies north of the Caledonian Canal)
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage, self-weighting, stratified, probability sample designed to represent the eligible British electorate on 28th February, 1974, living south of the Caledonian Canal and excluding Northern Ireland
Number of units: 3400 (target) 2462 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: No information recorded

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ACHIEVEMENTAGEATTITUDE CHANGE
ATTITUDESAUSTRALIABRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
CLASS CONFLICTCLASS CONSCIOUSNESSCOAL MINING
COMMUNISMCONSERVATIVE PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)COST OF LIVING
DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTDECISION MAKINGECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ECONOMIC CONDITIONSEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDELDERLY
ELECTION CAMPAIGNSELECTIONSELECTORAL ISSUES
EMPLOYMENTEUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITYEUROPEAN UNION
FAMILIESFATHER'S OCCUPATIONFATHER'S OCCUPATIONAL STATUS
FATHERSFINANCIAL EXPECTATIONSFINANCIAL RESOURCES
FORECASTINGFRANCEGENDER
GERMAN FEDERAL REPUBLICGOVERNMENTGREAT BRITAIN
GROUPSHIGHER EDUCATIONHOME OWNERSHIP
HOUSEHOLDSHOUSEWIVESHOUSING TENURE
HOUSINGHUMAN SETTLEMENTINCOME TAX
INCOMEINFLATIONINTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
INVOLUNTARY SHORT TIME WORKINGJOB SATISFACTIONLABOUR PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)
LIBERAL PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)LOCAL GOVERNMENTMARITAL STATUS
MARRIED WOMEN WORKERSMEMBERSHIPMORTGAGES
NATIONAL ECONOMYNATIONALIZATIONNEIGHBOURHOODS
NEWSPAPER READERSHIPNEWSPAPERSOCCUPATIONAL TRAINING
OCCUPATIONSPERIODICALS READERSHIPPERSONAL EFFICACY
PLAID CYMRUPOLITICAL ALLEGIANCEPOLITICAL ATTITUDES
POLITICAL AWARENESSPOLITICAL BEHAVIOURPOLITICAL INFLUENCE
POLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL LEADERSPOLITICAL POWER
POLITICIANSPOPULATION MIGRATIONPREJUDICE
PRICESQUALITY OF LIFEREFERENDUMS
REGIONAL GOVERNMENTRENTED ACCOMMODATIONRESIDENTIAL MOBILITY
SATISFACTIONSCOTLANDSCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY
SELF-EMPLOYEDSOCIAL AND WELFARE POLICYSOCIAL CLASS
SOCIAL HOUSINGSOCIAL ORIGINSOCIAL POLICY
SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIAL SERVICESSOCIAL VALUES
SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITYSPOUSE'S OCCUPATION
SPOUSE'S OCCUPATIONAL STATUSSPOUSESSTANDARD OF LIVING
STATE RETIREMENT PENSIONSSTRIKESSTUDENTS
TAXATIONTELEVISION VIEWINGTELEVISION
TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIPTRADE UNIONSTRUST
UNEMPLOYEDUNEMPLOYMENTUSA
USSRVOTING BEHAVIOURVOTING INTENTION
WAGES POLICYWALESYOUTH

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 01 January 1976
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).
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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.

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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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