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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2009

Title details

SN: 6638
Title: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2009
Alternative title: SSA
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6638-1
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
NHS Health Scotland
Other acknowledgements: John Curtice, University of Strathclyde (co-director of SSA), David McCrone, Frank Bechhofer, University of Edinburgh (National Identity), Ann Mair, University of Strathclyde (data file development).

Citation

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Scottish Centre for Social Research. (2010). Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2009. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6638, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6638-1

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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 2009 survey was the tenth wave in the series. The sample included a boost of addresses in remote and rural parts of Scotland.

Main Topics:
The 2009 survey contained modules of questions on:
  • government and public services in Scotland (funded by the Scottish Government Office of the Chief Researcher from 2004-2007 and again in 2009)
  • anti-social behaviour (funded by the Scottish Government)
  • what makes somewhere a good place to live, with a particular focus on the importance of greenspace (funded by the Scottish Government)
  • drugs and recovery from problem drug use (funded by the Scottish Government)
  • national identity, in collaboration with David McCrone and Frank Bechhofer of the University of Edinburgh (funded by the Leverhulme Trust)
  • escape places and violence (funded by NHS Health Scotland)
  • constitutional change (self-funded by ScotCen)
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 Archive under GN 33066); 'libertarian/authoritarian' and 'left/right'. See documentation for further details.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: April 2009 - September 2009
Country: Scotland
Spatial units: No spatial unit
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: 1,482 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 USEANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
APPRENTICESHIPATTITUDESBINGO
BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIESBUILDING MAINTENANCEBUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS
CANNABISCARE OF DEPENDANTSCARE STANDARDS
CARSCENSORSHIPCENTRAL GOVERNMENT
CHILD BENEFITSCHILDRENCITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE AWARDS
CIVIL RENEWALCOMMUNITIESCOMMUNITY ACTION
COMMUNITY LIFECRIMINAL DAMAGECULTURAL VALUES
DEATH PENALTYDEBILITATIVE ILLNESSDECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT
DECISION MAKINGDEGREESDEMONSTRATIONS (PROTESTS)
DISABLED ACCESSIBILITYDONATIONS TO CHARITYDRIVING
DRUG ABUSEDRUG POLICYECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ECONOMIC CONDITIONSEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDEDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES
EDUCATIONAL STANDARDSEDUCATIONAL STATUSEMPLOYEES
EMPLOYMENT HISTORYEMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMESEMPLOYMENT
ENGLANDEQUALITY BEFORE THE LAWETHNIC GROUPS
EUROPEAN IDENTITYEXERCISE (PHYSICAL ACTIVITY)FAMILIES
FAMILY BENEFITSFAMILY MEMBERSFINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES
FISHING (SPORT)FRIENDSFULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT
GARDENINGGENDERHEALTH
HEROINHOBBIESHOSPITAL OUTPATIENT SERVICES
HOURS OF WORKHOUSEHOLD INCOMEHOUSEHOLDS
HOUSING BENEFITSHOUSING TENUREIDENTITY
ILL HEALTHINCOME DISTRIBUTIONINTERNET ACCESS
JOB SEEKER'S ALLOWANCEJUVENILE DELINQUENCYLEISURE TIME ACTIVITIES
LIFE SATISFACTIONLISTENING TO MUSICLOCAL COMMUNITY FACILITIES
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICESLOCAL TAX BENEFITSMANAGERS
MARITAL STATUSMORAL VALUESNATIONAL IDENTITY
NATIONAL PRIDENATIONALITYNEIGHBOURHOODS
NEWSPAPER READERSHIPNEWSPAPERSOCCUPATIONS
ORDINARY NATIONAL CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMAPARKSPART-TIME EMPLOYMENT
PARTY IDENTIFICATIONPEDESTRIAN FACILITIESPENSION BENEFITS
PETITIONINGPHYSICAL MOBILITYPLACE OF BIRTH
POLITICAL ACTIONPOLITICAL ALLEGIANCEPOLITICAL ATTITUDES
POLITICAL INFLUENCEPOLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL PARTICIPATION
POPULATION DENSITYPUBLIC TRANSPORTQUALIFICATIONS
QUALITY OF LIFEREADING (ACTIVITY)RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
RELIGIOUS ATTENDANCERENTED ACCOMMODATIONRESPONSIBILITY
ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS AWARDSRURAL AREASSATISFACTION
SCOTLANDSCOTLANDSCOTS GAELIC (LANGUAGE)
SCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATIONSCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF SIXTH YEAR STUDIESSCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
SCOTTISH NATIONALISMSCOTTISH PARLIAMENTSCOTTISH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION COUNCIL AWARDS
SCOTTISH VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONSELF-EMPLOYEDSHOPPING
SICKNESS AND DISABILITY BENEFITSSMOKINGSOCIAL ATTITUDES
SOCIAL CAPITALSOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL HOUSING
SOCIAL INEQUALITYSOCIAL INFLUENCESOCIAL INTEGRATION
SOCIAL PROBLEMSSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITYSPOUSE'S EMPLOYMENT
SPOUSESSTANDARD OF LIVINGSTATE HEALTH SERVICES
STATE RESPONSIBILITYSTATE RETIREMENT PENSIONSSTATUS IN EMPLOYMENT
STRESS (PSYCHOLOGICAL)SUBSTANCE USESUPERVISORS
SUPERVISORY STATUSTEACHER QUALIFICATIONSTELEVISION VIEWING
TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIPTRUST IN GOVERNMENTTRUST IN OFFICIAL STATISTICS
TRUSTUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITSUNEMPLOYMENT
UNITED KINGDOMURBAN AREASURBAN SPACES
URBAN TRANSPORTVOTING BEHAVIOURVOTING
WALKINGWHEELCHAIRS

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 15 December 2010
Copyright: Copyright National Centre for Social Research
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.
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
Variable list, derived variables syntax and coding and editing instructions 6638data_documentation_2009.pdf 618
Survey leaflet, advance letter and project instructions 6638interview_materials_2009.pdf 756
Questionnaires and showcards 6638questionnaires_and_showcards_2009.pdf 1256
User Guide 6638userguide_2009.pdf 238
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6638_Information.htm 6
READ File read6638.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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