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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2007

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SN: 6262
Title: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2007
Alternative title: SSA
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6262-1
Series: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey [Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 1999-]
Depositor: Scottish Centre for Social Research
Principal investigator(s): Scottish Centre for Social Research
Sponsor(s): Scottish Government
Leverhulme Trust
Economic and Social Research Council
Other acknowledgements: Collaborators include John Curtice at the University of Strathclyde, David McCrone and Nicola McEwen at University of Edinburgh and Michael Marsh at Trinity College Dublin on views about the 2007 Scottish Parliament and Local Government elections, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and Economic and Social Research Council.

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Scottish Centre for Social Research. (2009). Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2007. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6262, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6262-1

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Subject Categories

Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture

Abstract

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The Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey was launched by ScotCen Social Research (formerly the Scottish Centre for Social Research) in 1999, following the advent of devolution. Based on annual rounds of interviews of between 1,200 to 1,500 people drawn using probability sampling (based on a stratified, clustered sample), it aims to facilitate the study of public opinion and inform the development of public policy in Scotland, similar to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) series (held at the Archive under GN 33168). The SSA survey has been conducted annually each year since 1999, with the exception of 2008. The survey has a modular structure. In any one year it typically contains three to five modules, each containing 40 questions. Funding for its first two years came from the Economic and Social Research Council, while from 2001 onwards different bodies have funded individual modules each year. These bodies have included the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Government and various charitable and grant awarding bodies, such as the Nuffield Foundation and Leverhulme Trust.

Further information on the SSA and links to publications may be found on the ScotCen Social Research Scottish Social Attitudes webpages.

The 2007 survey was the ninth wave in the series. It was designed in close conjunction with the corresponding year's British Social Attitudes Survey, though it had a number of distinct Scottish modules. The sample included a boost of addresses in remote and rural parts of Scotland.
Main Topics:
The 2007 survey contained modules of questions on:
  • attitudes to government and public services in post-devolution Scotland
  • attitudes to drinking alcohol and the role of alcohol in Scottish culture
  • views about the 2007 Scottish Parliament and Local Government elections (included a mock ballot for the local election)
  • views on the funding, provision and delivery of public services in Scotland
  • demographic and classification
Standard Measures
The questionnaires contained two scales developed by researchers involved in the British Social Attitudes Survey, and British Election Study (BES) series (held at the UKDA under GN 33066); 'libertarian/authoritarian' and 'left/right'. See documentation for further details.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: May 2007 - November 2007
Country: Scotland
Spatial units: Local Authority Districts
Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Scottish Adults
Persons aged 18 years and over resident in Scotland, including north of the Great Glen.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Data are collected annually.
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 1,508 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

Thesaurus search on keywords

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AGEALCOHOL USEALCOHOLIC DRINKS
ALCOHOLISMAPPRENTICESHIPATTITUDES
BINGE DRINKINGBRITISH POLITICAL PARTIESBUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS
CARE OF DEPENDANTSCENSORSHIPCENTRAL GOVERNMENT
CHILDRENCITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE AWARDSCOMMUNITY LIFE
CULTURAL VALUESDEATH PENALTYDEBILITATIVE ILLNESS
DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTDECISION MAKINGDEGREES
DRINKING BEHAVIOURDRUG ABUSEECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ECONOMIC CONDITIONSEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDEDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES
EDUCATIONAL EXPENDITUREEDUCATIONAL LEVELSEDUCATIONAL STANDARDS
ELECTORAL SYSTEMSEMPLOYEESEMPLOYMENT HISTORY
EMPLOYMENTENGLANDEQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW
ETHNIC GROUPSEUROPEAN IDENTITYFAITH SCHOOLS
FAMILIESFAMILY BENEFITSFAMILY MEMBERS
FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIESFULL-TIME EMPLOYMENTGENDER
HAPPINESSHEALTH CONSULTATIONSHEALTH EXPENDITURE
HEALTHHOME BREWINGHOME HELP
HOURS OF WORKHOUSEHOLD INCOMEHOUSEHOLDS
HOUSING BENEFITSHOUSING TENUREIDENTITY
INCOME DISTRIBUTIONINFORMAL CAREINTERNET ACCESS
JOB SATISFACTIONJOB SEEKER'S ALLOWANCELOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES
LOCAL TAX BENEFITSMANAGERSMARITAL STATUS
MEDICAL CAREMEDICAL INSURANCEMORAL VALUES
NATIONAL IDENTITYNATIONAL PRIDENATIONALITY
NATIONALIZATIONNEWSPAPER READERSHIPNEWSPAPERS
NURSING EDUCATIONPARENTSPART-TIME EMPLOYMENT
PARTY IDENTIFICATIONPENSION BENEFITSPLACE OF BIRTH
POLITICAL ALLEGIANCEPOLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL INFLUENCE
POLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL OPPOSITIONPOLITICAL PARTICIPATION
POLITICAL SYSTEMSPOPULATION DENSITYPRIVATE SCHOOLS
PUBLIC EXPENDITUREPUBLIC TRANSPORTQUALIFICATIONS
QUALITY OF LIFERELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRELIGIOUS ATTENDANCE
RENTED ACCOMMODATIONRESPONSIBILITYROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS AWARDS
RURAL AREASSAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPSSATISFACTION
SCHOOLTEACHERSSCOTLANDSCOTLAND
SCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATIONSCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF SIXTH YEAR STUDIESSCOTTISH EXECUTIVE
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENTSCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTYSCOTTISH NATIONALISM
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTSELF-EMPLOYEDSICKNESS AND DISABILITY BENEFITS
SMOKELESS ZONESSMOKING RESTRICTIONSSOCIAL ATTITUDES
SOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL HOUSINGSOCIAL INFLUENCE
SOCIAL INTEGRATIONSOCIAL PROBLEMSSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIAL SERVICESSOCIAL SUPPORT
SOCIAL WELFARE EXPENDITURESOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
SPOUSE'S EMPLOYMENTSPOUSESSTANDARD OF LIVING
STATE HEALTH SERVICESSTATE RESPONSIBILITYSTATE RETIREMENT PENSIONS
STATE SCHOOLSSUPERVISORSSUPERVISORY STATUS
TEACHER QUALIFICATIONSTEETOTALISMTRUST IN GOVERNMENT
TRUST IN OFFICIAL STATISTICSTRUSTUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
UNEMPLOYMENTUNITED KINGDOMUNITS OF MEASUREMENT
URBAN AREASVOTING BEHAVIOURVOTING

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 19 August 2009
Copyright: Copyright National Centre for Social Research
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Documentation

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User Guide 6262userguide.pdf 953
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6262_Information.htm 6
READ File read6262.htm 11

Publications

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More information about publications based on SSA may be found on the ScotCen Social Research Scottish Social Attitudes web page.

Curtice, J., et al. (2000) Wise after the event? Voter attitudes to PR following the 1999 Scottish and Welsh elections, London: University College London, Constitution Unit.

Paterson, L., et al. (2001) New Scotland, new politics?, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Bromley, C. and Curtice, J. (2002), How does the community care? Public attitudes to community care in Scotland, Edinburgh: Stationery Office.

Bromley, C. and Curtice, J. (2003) 'The lost voters of Scotland, devolution disillusioned or Westminster weary?', British Elections and Parties Review, vol. 13, London: Frank Cass.

Bromley, C., et al. (eds.) (2003) Devolution - Scottish answers to Scottish questions?, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Bromley, C. and Curtice, J. (2003) Attitudes to discrimination in Scotland, Edinburgh: Stationery Office.

Bromley, C., et al. (2003) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2001: technical report, London: National Centre for Social Research.

Bromley, C., et al. (2003) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2002: technical report, London: National Centre for Social Research.

Bromley, C., et al. (eds.) (2005) Has devolution delivered?, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Bromley, C. (2005) 'Devolution and electoral politics in Scotland', in C. Jeffery and D. Hugh (eds.) Devolution in comparative context, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Curtice, J. (2005), The diversity of devolution, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Wasoff, F. and Martin, C. (2005) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2004 family module report, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Social Research.

Anderson, S., Bromley, C. and Given, L. (2005) Public attitudes towards young people and youth crime in Scotland: findings from the 2004 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Education Department.

Bromley, C. and Ormston, R. (2005) Part of the Scottish way of life? Attitudes towards drinking and smoking in Scotland: findings from the 2004 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Social Research Substance Misuse Research.

Bromley, C. and Given, L. (2005) Public perceptions of Scotland after devolution: findings from the 2004 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Social Research.

Curtice, J., et al. (2005) Public attitudes and environmental justice in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Executive Social Research.

Cleghorn, N., Ormston, R. and Sharp, C. (2007) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2006 core module: technical report, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Ormston, R. and Sharp, C. (2007) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2006 core module: research findings, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Ormston, R. and Sharp, C. (2007) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2006 core module: report 1 - attitudes towards public services in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Ormston, R. and Sharp, C. (2007) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2006 core module: report 2 - perceptions of government in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Cleghorn, N., Ormston, R. and Sharp, C. (2007) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2006: public attitudes to homelessness – research findings , Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Cleghorn, N., Ormston, R. and Sharp, C. (2007) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2006: public attitudes to homelessness, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Bromley, C., Curtice, J. and Given, L. (2007) Attitudes to discrimination in Scotland, 2006, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Anderson, S. and Dobbie, F. (2008) Attitudes towards youth crime and willingness to intervene: findings from the 2006 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Ormston, R. (2008) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2007 core module report 1: attitudes to government in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Ormston, R. and Webster, C. (2008) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2007: something to be ashamed of or part of our way of life? Attitudes towards alcohol in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Given, L. and Webster, C. (2008) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2007 core module report 2: subjective perceptions of well-being in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research.

Ormston, R., Bromley, C., Curtice, J., Reid, S. and Sharp, C. (Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen)) (2010) Development of survey questions on attitudes to violence and escape facilities, Final Report, NHS Health Scotland 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2011 from
http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/4277.aspx.

Ormston, R. (Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen)) (2010) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2009 core module: attitudes to government, the economy and public services in Scotland, Scottish Government Social Research. Retrieved January 19, 2011 from http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/03/15102525/0.

Ormston, R., Bradshaw, P. and Anderson, S. (Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen)) (2010) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2009: public attitudes to drugs and drug use in Scotland, Scottish Government Social Research. Retrieved January 19, 2011 from http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/05/19111419/0.

Ormston, R. and Anderson, S. (Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen)) (2010) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2009: local issues, national concerns: public attitudes to antisocial behaviour in Scotland, Scottish Government Social Research. Retrieved January 19, 2011 from http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/03/17133110/0.

Reid, S. and Curtice, J. (Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen)) (2010)Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2009: sustainable places and greenspace, Scottish Government Social Research. Retrieved January 19, 2011 from http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/07/02134238/0

Ormston, R. and Reid, S. (2012) Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2011 core module: attitudes to government, the economy and public services in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Curtice, J. and Ormston, R. (2012) 'Scottish independence: The state of the Union: public opinion and the Scottish question', in British Social Attitudes: the 29th report, London: Sage.

Ormston, R. (2013) Why don’t more women support independence?: findings from the 2012 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, Edinburgh: ScotCen Social Research.

Curtice, J. (2013) Who supports and opposes independence, and why?, Edinburgh: ScotCen Social Research.

Ormston, R. and Curtice, J. (2013) The option not on the table: attitudes to more devolution, Edinburgh: ScotCen Social Research.

Curtice, J. (2014) So where does Scotland stand on more devolution? Edinburgh: ScotCen Social Research.

Curtice, J. (2014) Is it really all just about economics? Issues of nationhood and welfare, Edinburgh: ScotCen Social Research.

Curtice, J. (2014) The score at half time: Trends in support for independence, Edinburgh: ScotCen Social Research.

Eichhorn, J. (2014) Who will turn up and who will stay at home? Examining turnout expectations for different groups of people, Edinburgh: ScotCen Social Research.

Eichhorn, J. (2014) The Undecideds: Don’t care or deeply conflicted? Edinburgh: ScotCen Social Research.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has produced a 'Data Dictionary' covering summary information on UK-based survey series (including SSA) that include any data on alcohol use. Further information and links to the dictionary documents may be found on the IAS Data Dictionary - Table of Contents web page.

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