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British Election Study, 2015: Internet Panel, Waves 1-6

Title details

SN: 8202
Title: British Election Study, 2015: Internet Panel, Waves 1-6
Alternative title: BES
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-8202-1
Series: British Election Study [British Election Studies, 1969-]
Depositor: Fieldhouse, E., University of Manchester. School of Social Sciences
Principal investigator(s): Fieldhouse, E., University of Manchester. School of Social Sciences
Green, J., University of Manchester. School of Social Sciences
Evans, G., University of Oxford. Nuffield College
Schmitt, H., University of Manchester. School of Social Sciences
van der Eijk, C., University of Nottingham. School of Social Studies
Mellon, J., University of Oxford. Nuffield College
Prosser, C., University of Manchester
Data collector(s): YouGov plc
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: ES/K005294/1, ES/L005166/1

Citation

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Fieldhouse, E., Green, J., Evans, G., Schmitt, H., van der Eijk, C., Mellon, J., Prosser, C. (2017). British Election Study, 2015: Internet Panel, Waves 1-6. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 8202, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-8202-1

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Subject Categories

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

Abstract

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British Election Study (BES)
The British Election Study (BES) is one of the longest running election studies world-wide having taken at every general election since 1964. The BES explores why people choose to vote (or not) and why they support one party rather than another, as well as wider questions about political preferences, attitudes and behaviours. There have been a number of panel studies associated with different election cycles, including internet panel studies since 200. The BES 2015 Internet Panel Study waves 1-6 covers the period February 2014 up until and including a pre-election (wave 4), rolling campaign (wave 5) and post-election wave (wave 6) in April-June 2015 but it is also possible to link panel respondents back to the 2010 Internet Panel. The study includes boosted samples of Scottish and Welsh voters in the lead up to and in the immediate aftermath of the Scottish Independence Referendum in September 2014. The fieldwork was conducted by YouGov and includes responses from approximately 30,000 respondents at each wave, with regular top-tops to maintain a representative sample of eligible electors. The 2014-15 panel also forms part of an on-going panel survey with waves that covers the 2016 EU referendum, and 2016, 2017 and 2018 local and regional elections, and the 2017 General Election. A 2014-18 panel dataset will be available via the Data Service following the completion of this phase of the study in 2018. Full details of the methodology and fieldwork are available in the technical report that accompanies the data release. Full details of the questionnaire can be found in the codebook which also accompanies the data release.

For more information please visit British Election Study Website.


Main Topics:
Issues facing the country; electoral behaviour and attitudes toward voting; party identify; views on taxation, government spending, economy/national debt, leaders, immigration, European Union and the NHS; Media usage; political efficacy and trust; campaigning; politicians and trust; values, likelihood of voting for each party; political knowledge; demographics, user defined experiments and requested content.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: February 2014 - May 2015
Dates of fieldwork: 20 February 2014 - 26 May 2015
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Super Output Areas (Middle Layer), Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
British Electorate (eligible voters)
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Sampling procedures: Volunteer sample
See documentation for details.
Number of units: 42750
Method of data collection: Web-based survey
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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AGEATTITUDESBRITISH NATIONAL PARTY
BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIESBUSINESSESCANVASSING
CARE OF DEPENDANTSCENTRAL GOVERNMENTCHILDREN
CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTSCOMMUNITIESCONSERVATIVE PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)
CONSTITUENCIESDECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTDEMOCRACY
ECONOMIC ACTIVITYECONOMIC CONDITIONSEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
ELECTION BROADCASTINGELECTION CAMPAIGNSELECTION DATA
ELECTIONSELECTORAL ISSUESELECTORAL SYSTEMS
ELECTORSEMPLOYMENTENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAWETHNIC GROUPSEUROPEAN CONSTITUTION
EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERSHIPEUROPEAN UNIONGENDER
GOVERNMENT POLICYGREAT BRITAINGREEN PARTY (UNITED KINGDOM)
HOME OWNERSHIPHOUSEHOLD INCOMEHOUSEHOLDS
HOUSING TENUREIMMIGRANTSINCOME DISTRIBUTION
INCOMEINTERNET ACCESSINTERNET
LABOUR PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)LAW ENFORCEMENTLEGISLATURE
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS (GREAT BRITAIN)LOCAL GOVERNMENTMARITAL STATUS
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTMEMBERSHIPMIDDLE CLASS
NATIONAL IDENTITYNEIGHBOURHOODSNEWSPAPER READERSHIP
NEWSPAPERSOCCUPATIONAL STATUSOCCUPATIONS
PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATESPENSIONSPLAID CYMRU
POLICE SERVICESPOLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITYPOLITICAL ALLEGIANCE
POLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL EXTREMISMPOLITICAL INFLUENCE
POLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL ISSUESPOLITICAL LEADERS
POLITICAL PARTICIPATIONPOLITICAL POWERPOLITICAL SYSTEMS
POLITICIANSPROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATIONPUBLIC EXPENDITURE
PUBLIC SECTORQUALIFICATIONSREFERENDUMS
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRISKSCOTLAND
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTYSCOTTISH PARLIAMENTSOCIAL CAPITAL
SOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL ISSUESSOCIAL JUSTICE
SOCIAL POLICYSOCIAL PROTESTSOCIAL WELFARE PHILOSOPHY
SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITYSPOUSE'S OCCUPATION
SPOUSESSTATE HEALTH SERVICESTACTICAL VOTING
TAXATIONTELEPHONESTELEVISION NEWS
TERRORISMTRUSTUNEMPLOYED
UNITED KINGDOM INDEPENDENCE PARTYVOLUNTARY WORKVOTING BEHAVIOUR
VOTING INTENTIONVOTINGWALES
WELSH (LANGUAGE)WOMENWORKING CLASS

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 20 July 2017
Copyright: Copyright E. Fieldhouse, J. Green, G. Evans, H. Schmitt, C. van der Eijk, J. Mellon and C. Prosser
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch

Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
British Election Study 2015 user guide 8202uguide.pdf 2951
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_8202_Information.htm 7
READ File read8202.htm 10
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By principal investigator(s):
British Election Study, (1974) The British Election Study panel sample 1974: methodological study, June.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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