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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2015

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SN: 8188
Title: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2015
Alternative title: SSA
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-8188-1
Series: Scottish Social Attitudes Survey [Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 1999-]
Depositor: ScotCen Social Research
Principal investigator(s): ScotCen Social Research
Data collector(s): ScotCen Social Research
Sponsor(s): Scottish Government
Scottish Institute for Policing Research
Scottish Centre For Information On Language Teaching And Research
University of Edinburgh
Other acknowledgements: The development of the questionnaire, analysis and reporting of the data was done in collaboration with Professor John Curtice, University of Strathclyde, Professor Lindsay Paterson, Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN), University of Edinburgh and Professor Jan Eichhorn, AQMeN, University of Edinburgh.

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ScotCen Social Research. (2017). Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2015. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 8188, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-8188-1

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Subject Categories

Equality and inequality - Social stratification and groupings
Health services and medical care - Health
Language and linguistics - Media, communication and language
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 2015 survey contained modules of questions on Attitudes to Discrimination, Attitudes to Government, Attitudes to Social Capital and Attitudes to Minimum Unit Pricing (funded by Scottish Government) and on Language Learning (funded jointly by Scottish Government, University of Edinburgh and Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching).

The survey also contained a module on Attitudes to Policing, funded by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, Police Scotland and Scottish Police Authority, which is currently not contained in the data, but will be made available at a later date.

Main Topics:
The 2015 questionnaire mainly covered the following topics:
  • attitudes to the Government, the National Health Service, the economy and standard of living;
  • discrimination;
  • social capital;
  • language learning;
  • demographics.
  • Coverage, universe, methodology

    Dates of fieldwork: July 2015 - January 2016
    Country: Scotland
    Spatial units: Scottish Regions
    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: 1,288 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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    ADULTSAGEATTITUDES
    BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIESCARE OF THE SICKCENTRAL GOVERNMENT
    CHILDRENCHRONIC ILLNESSCONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
    DEBILITATIVE ILLNESSDECISION MAKINGDISABLED PERSONS
    DISCRIMINATIONECONOMIC ACTIVITYECONOMIC CONDITIONS
    ECONOMIC SYSTEMSEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDEDUCATIONAL CHOICE
    EDUCATIONAL STATUSEMPLOYEESEMPLOYMENT HISTORY
    EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMESEMPLOYMENTETHNIC GROUPS
    EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERSHIPFAMILIESFAMILY MEMBERS
    FOOTBALL TEAM SUPPORTERSFRIENDSFULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT
    FUTUREGENDER ROLEGENDER
    HEALTHHOMEMAKERSHOURS OF WORK
    HOUSEHOLD INCOMEHOUSEHOLDSHOUSING TENURE
    IDENTITYILL HEALTHIMMIGRANTS
    INCOME DISTRIBUTIONINCOME TAXINCOME-RELATED BENEFITS
    INTERNETLANGUAGE SKILLSLANGUAGE
    MANAGERSMARITAL STATUSMORAL BEHAVIOUR
    MORAL CONCEPTSMORAL VALUESNATIONAL IDENTITY
    NATIONAL PRIDENATIONALITYNEWSPAPER READERSHIP
    OCCUPATIONSPART-TIME EMPLOYMENTPARTY IDENTIFICATION
    PLACE OF BIRTHPOLITICAL ALLEGIANCEPOLITICAL ATTITUDES
    POLITICAL INTERESTPREJUDICEPRIVATE SECTOR
    PUBLIC EXPENDITUREPUBLIC SECTORQUALIFICATIONS
    REFERENDUMSRELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRELIGIOUS ATTENDANCE
    RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATIONRESPONSIBILITYRETIREMENT
    RURAL AREASSCOTLANDSCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
    SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTYSCOTTISH NATIONALISMSCOTTISH PARLIAMENT
    SECOND LANGUAGESSELF-EMPLOYEDSOCIAL ATTITUDES
    SOCIAL CAPITALSOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL DISADVANTAGE
    SOCIAL INEQUALITYSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS
    SPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITYSPOUSE'S EMPLOYMENTSPOUSES
    STANDARD OF LIVINGSTATE RESPONSIBILITYSTATE RETIREMENT PENSIONS
    STATUS IN EMPLOYMENTSUPERVISORY STATUSTELEVISION
    TRUST IN GOVERNMENTUNEMPLOYMENTUNITED KINGDOM
    URBAN AREASVOTING BEHAVIOURVOTING
    WEBSITESWORKERS

    Administrative and access information

    Date of release:
    First edition: 07 June 2017
    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)
    SSA, 2015: Variable List 8188_ssa2015_variable_list.xlsx 30
    SSA, 2015: Questionnaire Documentation 8188_ssa2015_documentation_without_policing_module.pdf 865
    SSA, 2015: User Guide 8188_ssa_2015_dataset_user_guide.pdf 278
    Study information and citation UKDA_Study_8188_Information.htm 6
    READ File read8188.htm 10

    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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