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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2011

Title details

SN: 7228
Title: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2011
Alternative title: SSA
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7228-1
Series: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey [Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 1999-]
Depositor: ScotCen Social Research
Principal investigator(s): ScotCen Social Research
Sponsor(s): Scottish Government
Leverhulme Trust
Nuffield Foundation
Other acknowledgements: John Curtice, University of Strathclyde (co-director of SSA).

Citation

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ScotCen Social Research. (2013). Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2011. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7228, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-7228-1

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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 2011 survey was the 12th wave in the series. The sample included a boost of addresses in remote and rural parts of Scotland.
Main Topics:
The 2011 SSA contained modules of questions on:
  • Government and public services in Scotland (funded by the Scottish Government 2004-2007 and again in 2009-2011);
  • Constitutional change (funded by the Nuffield Foundation);
  • National identity and the 2011 Scottish Elections (funded by the Leverhulme Trust and undertaken in collaboration with Frank Bechhofer and David McCrone at the University of Edinburgh);
  • In addition, it included a small number of questions on the Scottish Election, funded by the University of Manchester).
Standard Measures
The questionnaires contained two scales developed by researchers involved in the BSA and the 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: June 2011 - September 2011
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: 1,197 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
The self-completion questionnaire was administered by Computer Assisted Self Interviewing (CASI) during the face-to-face interview.
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

Thesaurus search on keywords

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AGEAPPRENTICESHIPATTITUDES
BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIESCARE OF DEPENDANTSCARS
CENSORSHIPCENTRAL GOVERNMENTCHILD BENEFITS
CHILDRENCIVIL PARTNERSHIPSCOMMUNITIES
CULTURAL VALUESDEATH PENALTYDEBILITATIVE ILLNESS
DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTDECISION MAKINGDEGREES
DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HOMOSEXUALSDISCRIMINATIONDONATIONS TO CHARITY
DRIVINGECONOMIC ACTIVITYECONOMIC CONDITIONS
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDEDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATESEDUCATIONAL FEES
EDUCATIONAL STANDARDSEDUCATIONAL STATUSEMPLOYEES
EMPLOYMENT HISTORYEMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMESEMPLOYMENT
ENGLANDEQUAL OPPORTUNITYEQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW
ETHNIC GROUPSEUROPEAN IDENTITYFAMILIES
FAMILY BENEFITSFAMILY MEMBERSFINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES
FRIENDSFULL-TIME EMPLOYMENTGENDER
HEALTH STATUSHEALTHHOURS OF WORK
HOUSEHOLD INCOMEHOUSEHOLDSHOUSING BENEFITS
HOUSING TENUREIDENTITYILL HEALTH
INCOME DISTRIBUTIONINCOME TAXINTERNET ACCESS
JOB SEEKER'S ALLOWANCELEGISLATURELEISURE TIME ACTIVITIES
LIFE SATISFACTIONLOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICESLOCAL TAX BENEFITS
MANAGERSMARITAL STATUSMENTAL DISORDERS
MONARCHYMORAL VALUESNATIONAL ELECTIONS
NATIONAL IDENTITYNATIONAL PRIDENATIONALITY DISCRIMINATION
NATIONALITYNEWSPAPER READERSHIPNEWSPAPERS
OCCUPATIONSPART-TIME EMPLOYMENTPARTY IDENTIFICATION
PENSION BENEFITSPETITIONINGPHYSICAL MOBILITY
PLACE OF BIRTHPOLITICAL ACTIONPOLITICAL ALLEGIANCE
POLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL INFLUENCEPOLITICAL INTEREST
POLITICAL PARTICIPATIONPOPULATION DENSITYPUBLIC TRANSPORT
QUALIFICATIONSQUALITY OF LIFERACIAL DISCRIMINATION
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRELIGIOUS ATTENDANCERELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION
RENTED ACCOMMODATIONRESPONSIBILITYRURAL AREAS
SATISFACTIONSCOTLANDSCOTLAND
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENTSCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTYSCOTTISH NATIONALISM
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTSELF-EMPLOYEDSICKNESS AND DISABILITY BENEFITS
SMOKINGSOCIAL ATTITUDESSOCIAL CAPITAL
SOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL HOUSINGSOCIAL INEQUALITY
SOCIAL INFLUENCESOCIAL INTEGRATIONSOCIAL ISSUES
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)SUPERVISORSSUPERVISORY STATUS
TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIPTRUST IN GOVERNMENTTRUST
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITSUNEMPLOYMENTUNITED KINGDOM
URBAN AREASVOTING BEHAVIOURVOTING

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 20 February 2013
Copyright: Copyright National Centre for Social Research
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
Variable list and derived variables syntax 7228_dataset_documentation.pdf 707
Project instructions and coding instructions 7228_project_instructions.pdf 459
Questionnaires and showcards 7228_questionnaire_and_showcards.pdf 779
User Guide 7228_userguide.pdf 521
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7228_Information.htm 6
READ File read7228.htm 11

Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
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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