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Welcome to the British Social Attitudes Information System

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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. The surveys are carried out by NatCen Social Research.

NatCen Social Research launched the latest British Social Attitudes Report in July 2018. Read the report at British Social Attitudes report. The 2018 dataset has now been added to this site.

If you are interested in commissioning any data analysis using BSA data, please get in touch with

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 web-sites include:

British Election Studies British Election Studies Information System for British Election Studies 1964-2017
Comparative European Surveys What Europe Thinks for all major comparative European Union surveys, setting Britain in an EU context. NEW DATA: Eurobarometer May 2017 - questions on EU membership, etc
Comparative European Surveys CCESD Information System for comparative pan-European 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

NatCen are introducing a subscription for BritSocAt users from commercial organisations and are asking all such users to re-register the next time that they sign in. If you are from a non-commercial organisation (a university, charity, not-for-profit organisation, or a personal user) then you can continue to use the site as normal.

For commercial organisations, the subscription fee is £500 per year. It is a flat fee per organisation, rather than per user. All of this fee will either go back into the running of the website or the survey itself. After registering as a commercial organisation you will receive an invoice from NatCen Social Research.

If you have any queries about these new arrangements, please contact NatCen directly at

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 and update their account options through the my account link in the top menu bar.

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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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