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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2012

Title details

SN: 7338
Title: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2012
Alternative title: SSA
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7338-2
Series: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey [Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 1999-]
Depositor: ScotCen Social Research
Principal investigator(s): ScotCen Social Research
Sponsor(s): Scottish Government
Economic and Social Research Council
Electoral Reform Society Scotland
University of Edinburgh
Leverhulme Trust
Nuffield Foundation
Scottish Institute for Policing Research
Bord na Gaidhlig
Other acknowledgements: Attitudes to the Gaelic language module was undertaken in collaboration with Professor Lindsay Paterson and Dr Fiona O'Hanlon, University of Edinburgh.

National identity module was undertaken in collaboration with Professor Frank Bechhofer and Professor David McCrone, University of Edinburgh.

Professor John Curtice, University of Strathclyde, Research Consultant to ScotCen.

Citation

The citation for this study is:

ScotCen Social Research. (2013). Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2012. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7338, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-7338-2

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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 2012 survey was the 13th wave in the series. The sample included a boost of addresses in remote and rural parts of Scotland.

For the second edition (September 2013), data from the main Scottish Social Attitudes 2012 survey were added to the study, which previously contained only the data from questions covering constitutional change. The documentation has been updated accordingly.

Main Topics:
The 2012 survey contained modules of questions on:
  • Constitutional change (funded by Economic and Social Research Council, Edinburgh University and the Electoral Reform Society);

  • National identity (funded by the Leverhulme Trust and undertaken in collaboration with Frank Bechhofer and David McCrone at the University of Edinburgh);

  • Attitudes to the Gaelic language (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, with additional funding from the Scottish Government and Bord na Gaidhlig and undertaken in collaboration with Lindsay Paterson and Fiona O'Hanlon at the University of Edinburgh);

  • 2012 Scottish local elections (funded by the Nuffield Foundation);

  • Police reform (funded by Scottish Institute for Policing Research).

Standard Measures
The questionnaire contains the 'left/right' scale developed by researchers involved in the BSA and the British Election Study (BES) series (held at the Archive under GN 33066). See documentation for further details.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: July 2012 - October 2012
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: 1,229 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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AGEATTITUDESBRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
CENTRAL GOVERNMENTCHILDRENCIVIL PARTNERSHIPS
CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGECULTURAL HERITAGEDEBILITATIVE ILLNESS
DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTDECISION MAKINGDIALECTS
ECONOMIC ACTIVITYECONOMIC CONDITIONSECONOMIC SYSTEMS
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDEDUCATIONAL CHOICEEDUCATIONAL FEES
EDUCATIONAL STATUSEMPLOYEESEMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMES
EMPLOYMENTENGLANDETHNIC GROUPS
EUROPEAN IDENTITYFAMILIESFAMILY MEMBERS
FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENTGENDERHEALTH STATUS
HEALTHHOURS OF WORKHOUSEHOLD INCOME
HOUSEHOLDSHOUSING TENUREIDENTITY
ILL HEALTHINCOME DISTRIBUTIONINCOME TAX
INTERNET ACCESSINTERNETLANGUAGE DISCRIMINATION
LANGUAGESLEGISLATURELOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICESLOCAL TAX BENEFITSMANAGERS
MARITAL STATUSMEETINGSNATIONAL IDENTITY
NATIONAL LANGUAGE EDUCATIONNATIONAL PRIDENATIONALITY
NEWSPAPER READERSHIPOCCUPATIONSPART-TIME EMPLOYMENT
PARTY IDENTIFICATIONPATRIOTISMPENSION BENEFITS
PLACE OF BIRTHPOLICE PERSONNELPOLICE SERVICES
POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPPOLICINGPOLITICAL ALLEGIANCE
POLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL INTERESTPOPULATION DENSITY
PUBLIC EXPENDITUREQUALIFICATIONSRELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
RELIGIOUS ATTENDANCERENTED ACCOMMODATIONRESPONSIBILITY
RURAL AREASSATISFACTIONSCOTLAND
SCOTLANDSCOTS GAELIC (LANGUAGE)SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTYSCOTTISH NATIONALISMSCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
SECOND LANGUAGESSELF-EMPLOYEDSOCIAL ATTITUDES
SOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL INEQUALITYSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
SPOUSE'S EMPLOYMENTSPOUSESSTANDARD OF LIVING
STATE HEALTH SERVICESSTATE RESPONSIBILITYSTATE RETIREMENT PENSIONS
STATUS IN EMPLOYMENTSUPERVISORSTELEPHONE HELP LINES
TELEVISIONTRUST IN GOVERNMENTTRUST
UNEMPLOYMENTUNITED KINGDOMURBAN AREAS
VOTING BEHAVIOURVOTINGWORKERS

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 23 July 2013
Latest edition: 17 September 2013 (2nd Edition)
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.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
Variable List by Topic and Derived Variable Syntax ssa12_dataset_documentation.pdf 787
Project Instructions ssa12_project_instructions.pdf 650
Questionnaire and Showcards ssa12_questionnaire_and_showcards.pdf 816
User Guide ssa_2012_user_guide.pdf 526
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7338_Information.htm 6
READ File read7338.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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