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Scottish Election Study, 2007

Title details

SN: 6026
Title: Scottish Election Study, 2007
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6026-1
Series: Our Future, 2013-
Depositor: Johns, R., University of Strathclyde. Department of Government
Principal investigator(s): Johns, R., University of Strathclyde. Department of Government
Denver, D.T., Lancaster University. Department of Politics
Mitchell, J., University of Strathclyde. Department of Government
Pattie, C., University of Sheffield. Department of Geography
Data collector(s): YouGov plc
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: RES-000-22-2256


The citation for this study is:

Johns, R., Denver, D.T., Mitchell, J., Pattie, C. (2008). Scottish Election Study, 2007. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6026,

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Subject Categories

Election and campaign studies - Politics
Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics


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The Scottish Election Study, 2007 (SES) is a major survey of Scottish voters before and after the Scottish Parliament elections on 3 May 2007. The aim of the survey was to explain the electoral decisions of Scottish voters on both whether and how to vote. The survey consists of three different waves. Wave One consists of the pre-election questionnaire, Wave Two is the post-election questionnaire and Wave Three is an additional post-election questionnaire to explore the problems experienced in the election.

The SES was originally designed as a two-wave panel survey, with the same respondents surveyed before and after the election. Then, in the light of the unforeseen problems surrounding the elections, in particular, the soaring number of rejected ballots, the ESRC agreed to fund a third wave of data collection. Wave Three was completed in December 2007 in order to explore respondents perceptions of the elections and the problems that arose, and to investigate whether what happened has had a lasting impact on public attitudes.

The survey was modeled closely on recent British Election Studies (BES) (held at the UKDA under GN 33066). As with the web components of recent BES, the fieldwork for the SES was conducted over the internet, by YouGov. The post-election questionnaire (Wave Two) replicates the 'election study' component of the Scottish Social Attitudes, 2007 (SSA) face-to-face questionnaire (not currently available at the UKDA however previous SSAs are available under GN 33329). This allows for comparison of the results generated by an internet and a face-to-face survey.

Further information is available from the SES 2007 website and the ESRC Scottish Election Study 2007 award page.

Main Topics:
Main topics include:
  • voting behaviour
  • attitudes to parties and leaders
  • opinions on political issues
  • national identity
  • constitutional preferences
  • socio-demographic characteristics

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 17 April 2007 - 24 December 2007 -
Wave One: 17 - 23 April 2007; Wave Two: 4 - 10 May 2007; Wave Three: 12 – 24 December 2007
Country: Scotland
Spatial units: Scottish Electoral Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Adults resident in Scotland who subscribe to YouGov plc as a panel member, 2007.
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Sampling procedures: Simple random sample; Volunteer sample
Number of units: Wave One: 1,872; Wave Two: 1,552; Wave Three: 1,166
Method of data collection: Self-completion
Email survey
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 14 November 2008
Copyright: Copyright R. Johns
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
Contact: Get in touch


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Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6026_Information.htm 19
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By principal investigator(s):
Johns, R. et al. (2008) ‘Valence politics in Scotland: towards an explanation of the 2007 election’, Political Studies. Retrieved November 13, 2008, from

Johns, R. and Carman, C. (2008), ‘Coping with coalitions? Scottish voters under a proportional system’, Representation, 44(4), pp.301–315.

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