Scottish Election Study, 2007

UKDA study number:6026

Principal Investigators

Johns, R.
Mitchell, J.
University of Strathclyde. Department of Government
Denver, D.T.
Lancaster University. Department of Politics
Pattie, C.
University of Sheffield. Department of Geography

Data Collector

YouGov plc

Sponsor

Economic and Social Research Council

Distributed by

UK Data Archive, University of Essex, Colchester.

November 2008

 

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Johns, R. et al. , Scottish Election Study, 2007 [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], November 2008. SN: 6026, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6026-1.

 

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Copyright:
R. Johns

 

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6026 . Scottish Election Study, 2007

 

Depositor:

Johns, R. , University of Strathclyde. Department of Government

Principal Investigators:

Johns, R. , University of Strathclyde. Department of Government
Denver, D.T. , Lancaster University. Department of Politics
Mitchell, J. , University of Strathclyde. Department of Government
Pattie, C. , University of Sheffield. Department of Geography

Data Collector:

YouGov plc

Sponsor:

Economic and Social Research Council
Grant Number: RES-000-22-2256

Abstract:

The Scottish Election Study, 2007 (SES) is a major survey of Scottish voters before and after the Scottish Parliament elections on 3 May 2007. The aim of the survey was to explain the electoral decisions of Scottish voters on both whether and how to vote. The survey consists of three different waves. Wave One consists of the pre-election questionnaire, Wave Two is the post-election questionnaire and Wave Three is an additional post-election questionnaire to explore the problems experienced in the election.

The SES was originally designed as a two-wave panel survey, with the same respondents surveyed before and after the election. Then, in the light of the unforeseen problems surrounding the elections, in particular, the soaring number of rejected ballots, the ESRC agreed to fund a third wave of data collection. Wave Three was completed in December 2007 in order to explore respondents perceptions of the elections and the problems that arose, and to investigate whether what happened has had a lasting impact on public attitudes.

The survey was modeled closely on recent British Election Studies (BES) (held at the UKDA under GN 33066). As with the web components of recent BES, the fieldwork for the SES was conducted over the internet, by YouGov. The post-election questionnaire (Wave Two) replicates the ‘election study’ component of the Scottish Social Attitudes, 2007 (SSA) face-to-face questionnaire (not currently available at the UKDA however previous SSAs are available under GN 33329). This allows for comparison of the results generated by an internet and a face-to-face survey.

Further information is available from the SES 2007 website and the ESRC Scottish Election Study 2007 award page.

Main Topics:

Main topics include:

Coverage:


Dates of Fieldwork: 17 April 2007 - 24 December 2007
Wave One: 17 - 23 April 2007; Wave Two: 4 - 10 May 2007; Wave Three: 12 – 24 December 2007
Country: Scotland
Spatial Units: Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies; Scottish Parliament Region; ONS Urban/Rural (Scotland)
Observation Units: Individuals
Kind of Data: Numeric data; Individual (micro) level

Universe Sampled:

Location of Units of Observation: National
Population: Adults resident in Scotland who subscribe to YouGov plc as a panel member, 2007.

Methodology:

Time Dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Sampling Procedures: Simple random sample; Volunteer sample
Number of Units: Wave One: 1,872; Wave Two: 1,552; Wave Three: 1,166
Method of Data Collection: Self-completion; Email survey
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details

Language(s) of Written Materials:

Study Description: English
Study Documentation: English

Access:

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 for further information.
Availability: ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
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Date of First Release:

14 November 2008

Copyright:

R. Johns


File last updated:

31 October 2011