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Voting Behaviour in Britain : an Attitudinal Analysis; General Election October 1974

Title details

SN: 916
Title: Voting Behaviour in Britain : an Attitudinal Analysis; General Election October 1974
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-916-1
Depositor: Thomas, K., Imperial College of Science and Technology. Industrial Sociology Unit
Principal investigator(s): Fishbein, M., University of Illinois
Thomas, K., Imperial College of Science and Technology. Industrial Sociology Unit
Jaccard, J.J., Purdue University (West Lafayette)
Social Science Research Council. Survey Unit
Imperial College of Science and Technology. Industrial Sociology Unit
Sponsor(s): Social Science Research Council. Survey Unit

Citation

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Fishbein, M., Thomas, K., Jaccard, J.J., Social Science Research Council. Survey Unit, Imperial College of Science and Technology. Industrial Sociology Unit. Voting Behaviour in Britain : an Attitudinal Analysis. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 916, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-916-1

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Election and campaign studies - Politics

Abstract

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To test the applicability of an expectancy-value attitude model to the predicion of voting intentions and behaviour.
Main Topics:
Attitudinal/Behavioural Questions
Stage 1. (Pre-election)
Knowledge of candidates, attitude to possible outcomes (listed) of election and to issues (listed) such as: selling council houses to tenants; nationalisation; wealth tax. Assessment of attitude of each candidate/party/party leader to same issues, evaluation of each candidate/party/party leader, attitude to voting in general for three main parties, implication/efficacy of vote, candidate other people would like respondent to vote for and likelihood of compliance, expected outcome of election (nationally and in own constituency).
Stage 2. (Post-election)
Satisfaction/dissatisfaction with result, recollection of voting intention at previous interview/on entering polling booth, actual voting behaviour, reservations about chosen candidate, likelihood of voting/not voting for other two candidates if chosen candidate had not run.
Background Variables
Occupation of respondent/chief wage earner, degree of political interest, party affiliation, length of residence in neighbourhood, past vote, total household/personal income, sex, marital status, age (all members of household), membership of trade union, staff or professional association (all members of household), educational status, employment status, type of accommodation, tenure, perceived social status, perceived standard of living, newspaper readership.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: October 1974
Country: England
Geography: North of England
Observation units: Individuals
Universe: Subnational
Electors
Four constituencies in Northern England (2 x 2 safe/marginal, Labour/Conservative)
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
two waves
Sampling procedures: One-stage stratified or systematic random sample
(male/female; self-identified supporters of Labour/Conservative/Liberal parties)
Number of units: 328 (obtained) (Stage 2)
Method of data collection: Stage 1: Oral and self completion questionnares during 5 days preceding election;
Stage 2: Postal and oral questionnaires during first week following election
Weighting: No information recorded

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 01 January 1977
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)
Documentation and Codebook a0916uab.pdf 1962
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_916_Information.htm 17
READ File read916.txt 1

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By principal investigator(s):
Fishbein, M., Thomas, K. and Jaccard, J.J., Voting behaviour in Britain: an attitudinal analysis, Occasional papers in Survey Research No. 7, SSRC Survey Unit

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