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The Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey was launched in 1999, following the advent of devolution. Its aims are to facilitate the study of public opinion and inform the development of public policy in Scotland. In this it has similar objectives to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey.
GN 33329 | Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 1999-
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The Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey was launched in 1999, following the advent of devolution. Based on annual rounds of interviews of between 1,200 to 1,500 people, 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.
The survey began in 1999 and data are available every year from 1999 onwards apart from 2008.
The SSA data are available in SPSS, STATA and ASCII format.
People aged 18 years and over resident in Scotland, including north of the Great Glen.
Yes, the SSA contains data at the individual level.
You can find information about which topics are included in each survey in the documentation on the catalogue page for the survey.
Variable lists and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available on the catalogue page of each dataset. To find a dataset’s catalogue page, follow the link to the dataset from this page under DATA ACCESS or from the results pages in our database search engine Discover.
Yes. The weight is called wtfactor. Please see the documentation on the catalogue page for each survey for more information about weighting the SSA.
Hard copies of the results from the 1999 and 2000 surveys are available from the publishers:
New Scotland, New Society? Are Social and Political Ties Fragmenting?
Editors: John Curtice, David McCrone, Alison Park and Lindsay Paterson
Published by: Polygon at Edinburgh, 22 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LF
New Scotland, New Politics?
Authors: Lindsay Paterson, Alice Brown, John Curtice, Kerstin Hinds, David McCrone, Alison Park, Kerry Sproston and Paula Surridge
Published by: Edinburgh University Press, 22 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LF
There are attitudes surveys for young people in Britain, adults in Britain, and for adults and young people in Northern Ireland:
For other related studies, see the ‘Related studies’ section on this page.
Using the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey for teaching
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