British Social Attitudes Survey, 2020


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.

BSA 2020 In 2020 the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic meant that the traditional face-to-face fieldwork was not feasible. In order to continue to deliver the survey and capture key attitudinal data during the pandemic, the 2020 BSA was transitioned to operate with a push-to-web design, with telephone opt-in to cover the offline population. The BSA 2020 report, including Key Findings, is available from the NatCen BSA website.

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 2020 the questionnaire included the following sections: household composition; employment; politics; welfare; work and health; child maintenance; digital data; satisfaction with the NHS; the workplace and COVID-19; democracy; national identity; religion; ethnicity; disability; education; the EU referendum and general election; benefits and income; and pensions.

Multi-stage stratified random sample

See documentation for each BSA year for full details.

Telephone interview: Computer-assisted (CATI)

Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based (CAWI)

Metadata Access
Creator NatCen Social Research
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 2022
Funding Reference Department for Work and Pensions; British Academy; Economic and Social Research Council
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Language English
Resource Type Numeric
Discipline Economics; History; Humanities; Jurisprudence; Law; Philosophy; Social and Behavioural Sciences
Spatial Coverage Great Britain