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Welsh Assembly Election Study, 1999

Title details

SN: 4180
Title: Welsh Assembly Election Study, 1999
Alternative title: WAES
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4180-1
Depositor: National Centre for Social Research
Principal investigator(s): Jones, R. Wyn, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Department of International Politics. Institute of Welsh Politics
National Centre for Social Research
Heath, A., University of Oxford. Nuffield College
Seyd, B., University College London. School of Public Policy. Constitution Unit
Curtice, J.K., University of Strathclyde. Department of Politics
Data collector(s): National Centre for Social Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: R000238070; L327253017
Other acknowledgements: P ; 1898/P ; 1907
Dr. Richard Wyn Jones, Katarina Thomson of the National Centre for Social Research (Natcen) and Professor Anthony Heath acted as Principal Investigators under the main grant. Mr. Ben Seyd, Alison Park and Katarina Thomson of Natcen and Professor John Curtice acted as Principal Investigators under the 'New Electoral Systems' grant. Dafydd Trystan, Department of Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth; David McCrone, Department of Politics, University of Edinburgh; Peter Lynn and Gerry Nicolaas, National Centre for Social Research. The WAES was conducted jointly by the Institute for Welsh Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends (CREST). CREST is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Research Centre based jointly at the National Centre for Social Research (formerly SCPR) and the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. The study was funded by an ESRC grant. The module on the new electoral systems was developed jointly by the Constitution Unit, University College London and CREST and was funded by a separate ESRC grant.

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Jones, R. Wyn, National Centre for Social Research, Heath, A., Seyd, B., Curtice, J.K. (2000). Welsh Assembly Election Study, 1999. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 4180, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-4180-1

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Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics

Abstract

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This survey was a post-election study of the first election to the Welsh National Assembly in 1999. It was designed in the tradition of British General Election Studies and in close conjunction with the 1999 'Scottish Social Attitudes/Scottish Parliamentary Election Study' (held under SN:4346). The questionnaire covers mainly political behaviour and attitudes, together with a thorough classification section. A separate module of questions dealing with the new electoral systems was fielded in a self-completion booklet to face-to-face respondents.

The survey incorporated a methodological experiment to assess the feasibility of conducting election studies on the telephone in Britain. The sample is therefore made up of three sample types:
Sample A: a clustered sample, selected from the Postcode Address File (PAF) and interviewed face-to-face using laptop computers.
Sample B: selected using Random Digit Dialling (RDD) and interviewed over the telephone.
Sample C: a clustered sample selected from PAF and interviewed over the telephone.

Later Welsh election/Assembly election studies were conducted in 2001 and 2003 under the Wales Life and Times survey series programme (see under study numbers 4546 and 5052). An earlier study of the 1979 general election in Wales is held under SN:1591.
Main Topics:
The file contains data from 1,256 respondents of which 522 were interviewed face-to-face and 734 on the telephone. Of those interviewed on the telephone, 399 were selected via PAF, 330 via RDD, and 5 were interviewed in Welsh.

Standard measures
Left-right scale: FairShar, RichLaw, TUNtNeed, PrivEnt, PublcOwn, GovResp1.
Libertarian-authoritarian scale: TradVals, Censor, PubMeet, GaySex, Tolerant, BanParty.
Welsh nationalism scale: SWLearn, SWLiv, SWAshmd, SWCrit, SWProud.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: May 1999 - June 1999
Country: Wales
Spatial units: Local Authority Districts
Postcode (Sector)
Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults
Adults aged 18 years and over resident in Wales during 1999
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Samples A and C; Sample B was chosen by Random Digit Dialling (RDD)
Number of units: (A) 900 (target) Sample A;(B) 741 (obtained) Definitely eligible - Sample A;(C) 40 (obtained) Uncertain eligibility - Sample A;(D) 522 (obtained) Sample A;(E) 515 (obtained) Weighted Sample A;(F) 1556 (target) Sample B;(G) 689 (obtained) Definitely eligible - Sample B;(H) 291 (obtained) Uncertain eligibility - Sample B;(I) 330 (obtained) Sample B;(J) 329 (obtained) Weighted Sample B;(K) 1320 (target) Sample C;(L) 807 (obtained) Definitely eligible - Sample C;(M) 328 (obtained) Uncertain eligibility - Sample C;(N) 399 (obtained) Sample C;(O) 404 (obtained) Weighted Sample C
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview; Self-completion
Weighting: Weighting factor = WTFACTOR

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ATTITUDESBANKSBRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
CARE OF DEPENDANTSCATHOLIC SCHOOLSCATHOLICISM
CENSORSHIPCENTRAL GOVERNMENTCITIZENSHIP
CLASS CONFLICTCONSERVATIVE PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)CONSTITUTIONS
COSTSCOUNCIL TAXCOUNTRYSIDE
DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTDECISION MAKINGDEFENCE
DISABLED PERSONSECONOMIC ACTIVITYECONOMIC CONDITIONS
EDUCATIONELECTIONSELECTORAL SYSTEMS
ELECTORSEMPLOYMENTENGLAND
EQUAL OPPORTUNITYEQUALITY BEFORE THE LAWETHNIC GROUPS
EUROPEAN UNIONFINANCIAL RESOURCESFINANCIAL SUPPORT
GENDERGOVERNMENT MINISTERSGOVERNMENT POLICY
HEALTH SERVICESHIGHER EDUCATIONHOME OWNERSHIP
HOMOSEXUALITYHOURS OF WORKHOUSEHOLDS
HOUSINGINCOMEINDUSTRIES
INTERGROUP RELATIONSINTERNATIONAL COOPERATIONLABOUR PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)
LAND ECONOMICSLAND OWNERSHIPLANDOWNERS
LAW ENFORCEMENTLEGAL SYSTEMSLIBERAL DEMOCRATS (GREAT BRITAIN)
LIFE STYLESLOCAL GOVERNMENTMANAGERS
MARITAL STATUSMEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTMIDDLE CLASS
MORAL VALUESNATIONAL IDENTITYNATIONALISM
NEWSPAPER READERSHIPNEWSPAPERSONE-PARENT FAMILIES
ORGANIZATIONSPARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATESPENSIONS
POLITICAL ALLEGIANCEPOLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL COALITIONS
POLITICAL EXTREMISMPOLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL LEADERS
POLITICAL PARTICIPATIONPOLITICAL POWERPOLITICAL SYSTEMS
POOR PERSONSPRESSPRIVATE EDUCATION
PRIVATE SECTORPROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATIONPROTESTANTISM
PUBLIC EXPENDITUREPUBLIC INFORMATIONPUBLIC OWNERSHIP
QUALIFICATIONSREFERENDUMSRELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
RELIGIOUS ATTENDANCERENTED ACCOMMODATIONRESIDENTIAL MOBILITY
RETIREMENTSCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTYSELF-EMPLOYED
SINGLE EUROPEAN CURRENCYSOCIAL ATTITUDESSOCIAL CLASS
SOCIAL HOUSINGSOCIAL INEQUALITYSOCIAL INTEGRATION
SOCIAL PROTESTSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION
SPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITYSPOUSE'S EMPLOYMENTSPOUSES
STANDARD OF LIVINGSTATE CONTROLSTATE SCHOOLS
SUPERVISORSTAXATIONTELEVISION ADVERTISING
TELEVISION CHANNELSTOLERANCETRADE UNIONS
TRUSTUNEMPLOYEDUNEMPLOYMENT
UNITED KINGDOMVOCATIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATESVOTING BEHAVIOUR
VOTING INTENTIONWALESWALES
WEALTHWORKING CLASSYOUTH

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 14 December 2000
Copyright: Copyright held jointly by University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends.
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.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
User guide a4180uab.pdf 442
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_4180_Information.htm 22
READ File read4180.txt 2

Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
Thomson, K. et al (2000) Welsh Assembly Election Study 1999: technical report, London: National Centre for Social Research.

  • Nicolaas, G. et al (2000) The feasibility of conducting electoral surveys in the UK by telephone, London: National Centre for Social Research.
  • Curtice, J. et al (2000) Wise after the event? Voter attitudes to PR following the 1999 Scottish and Welsh elections, London: Constitution Unit.

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