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The British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey series began in 1983 and has been conducted every year since, except in 1988 and 1992 when the core-funding from the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts was devoted to conducting post-election studies of political attitudes and voting behaviour in the British Election Study (BES) series. One of its main purposes is to allow the monitoring of patterns of continuity and change, and the examination of the relative rates at which attitudes, in respect of a range of social issues, change over time.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Housing and home ownership, work and unemployment, health and social care, education, business and industry, social security and dependency, tax and spending, the welfare state, transport, environment and the countryside, constitutional reform, law and order, civil liberties, moral issues and sexual mores, racism and sexism, social inequality, religion, politics and governance.
Great Britain, academic achievement, access to public services, adults, age, air transport, air travel, antisocial behaviour, attitudes, autonomy at work, bicycles, british political parties, broadband, broken families, buses, care of the disabled, care of the elderly, care of the sick, career development, cars, central government, child abuse, child benefits, child care, child day care, child support payments, children, choice, citizen participation, civil and political rights, class conflict, classification of illicit drugs, climatic changes, cohabitation, communities, commuting, computer literacy, computers, conditions of employment, conservative party (Great Britain), constitutional change, corruption
Identifier Variables
Country, GOR
Area of Health System
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
National Centre for Social Research
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Unit of Analysis

4,124 adults (18 and over) living in private households in Great Britain (excluding the 'crofting counties' north of the Caledonian Canal) in 2007

ESDS Government, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access