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Welcome to the British Social Attitudes Information System

About British Social Attitudes surveys

Every year the British Social Attitudes survey asks over 3,000 people what it's like to live in Britain and how they think Britain is run. Since 1983 the survey has been tracking people's changing social, political and moral attitudes. It informs the development of public policy and is an important barometer of public attitudes used by opinion leaders and social commentators.

The surveys are carried out by NatCen Social Research who also publish the Annual Reports. The 31st British Social Attitudes Report was published on 17 June 2014 and is available here.

The data from this latest survey are now available on this site for analysis. To view the survey questionnaire, first select the year or years of interest, and proceed to Survey details.

This site

Analyse the responses to over 20,000 survey questions with results shown in time-series tables and charts. There are three pathways to search for questions. Questions may be found by:

  • drop-down content lists of topics
  • full-text searches of the question wording
  • browsing the survey-by-survey listings

Centre for Comparative European Survey Data (CCESD)

The British Social Attitudes Information System is one of the on-line facilities created and maintained by CCESD. Our sister web-sites include:

British Election Studies British Election Studies Information System
Comparative European Surveys CCESD Information System for comparative European surveys (including British surveys)

For details of the Centre's other services, including customised data hosting for academic researchers, click here to send an e-mail.

Registration and site customisation

Registration is straightforward and provides immediate access. Users may choose between:

  • standard access designed to meet the needs of most site visitors, or
  • advanced access which allows users to customise the facilities they need to best suit their research.

To register now, click here. Registered users may customise their account options through the my account link in the top menu bar.

Our users

Our site is designed to meet the needs of:

  • charities, NGOs and media researchers
  • independent research centres and think tanks
  • central and local government departments
  • academic researchers

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