British Social Attitudes survey (BSA)

Since 1983 the annual British Social Attitudes surveys conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), have continually monitored and interpreted the British public's changing attitudes towards social, economic, political and moral issues. Its findings are reported and interpreted in a series of annual reports.

The British Social Attitudes Survey series is designed to produce annual measures of attitudinal movements which will complement large-scale government surveys such as the General Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey. 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.

Spatial Coverage: 
United Kingdom
Data Creator: 
National Centre for Social Research (formerly Social and Community Planning Research).
Time Period: 

Repeated cross-sectional study: annual surveys.

Data Publisher:


Further information including a questionnaire search and BSA bibliography can be found at: (registration required)


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Data Access: 

Users must register their project with the Data Archive before receiving a copy of data files.
Edinburgh University users may contact the Data Library for access.