British Social Attitudes Survey, 2017


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.BackgroundThe British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey series began in 1983. The series is designed to produce annual measures of attitudinal movements to complement large-scale government surveys that deal largely with facts and behaviour patterns, and the data on party political attitudes produced by opinion polls. One of the BSA's 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. Some questions are asked regularly, others less often. Funding for BSA comes from a number of sources (including government departments, the Economic and Social Research Council and other research foundations), but the final responsibility for the coverage and wording of the annual questionnaires rests with NatCen Social Research (formerly Social and Community Planning Research). The BSA has been conducted every year since 1983, except in 1988 and 1992 when core funding was devoted to the British Election Study (BES).Further information about the series and links to publications may be found on the NatCen Social Research British Social Attitudes webpage.

The BSA 2017 report, including Key Findings, is available from on the NatCen BSA website:Phillips, D., Curtice, J., Phillips, M. and Perry, J. (ed.) (2018), British Social Attitudes: The 35th Report, London: The National Centre for Social Research. Latest edition informationFor the second edition (February 2021) four equivalised income variables have been added to the dataset.

Main Topics:Each year, the BSA interview questionnaire contains a number of 'core' questions, which are repeated in most years. In addition, a wide range of background and classificatory questions is included. The remainder of the questionnaire is devoted to a series of questions (modules) on a range of social, economic, political and moral issues - some are asked regularly, others less often. Cross-indexes of those questions asked more than once appear in the reports.

In 2017 the survey covered the following: Political party identification, European Union & political issues, newspaper readership, social security and welfare, health, health services, housing, Housing Associations, education, gender equality, transport, work, Brexit and impact of Brexit, income, employment and pensions, disability, social networks (as part of the International Social Survey Programme).

Multi-stage stratified random sample

See documentation for each BSA year for full details.

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Creator NatCen Social Research
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 2019
Funding Reference Nuffield Trust; The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP); Joseph Rowntree Foundation; The King's Fund; Economic and Social Research Council; National Housing Federation; Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; Department of Transport; Department for Education; Health Foundation; Scope; Government Equalities Office
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Resource Type Numeric
Discipline Economics; History; Humanities; Jurisprudence; Law; Philosophy; Social and Behavioural Sciences
Spatial Coverage Great Britain