General Election in Scotland, 1992

The British General Election Study (BGES) series is the longest academic series of nationally representative probability sample surveys in the country. Its purpose is to investigate the changing elements of electoral behaviour in modern Britain and has been conducted after every general election since 1964. In 1992, an ESRC grant awarded to the University of Strathclyde enabled the representation of Scottish electors in the sample to be boosted substantially, thus permitting more detailed investigation of voting behaviour in Scotland.

Prior to 1992 BGES surveys have excluded electors living in the five constituencies in the Scottish highlands and islands north of the Caledonian Canal because the small and scattered electorate there cannot be interviewed cost-effectively. In the 1992 BGES survey, however, these constituencies were included in the sampling frame. The main topics being :

  • readership of newspapers
  • television viewing
  • discussion with friends
  • attitudes towards policies, political parties and party leaders
  • identification with class
  • nationality and religion
  • demographic information.

Measurement scales:

  • Heath-Goldthorpe class
  • international scales of attitudes to world events
  • post-bourgeois values
  • personal efficacy.


Spatial Coverage: 
Data Creator: 
J.A. Brand (University of Strathclyde), J.C. Mitchell (University of Strathclyde)
Time Period: 

Cross-sectional (one-time) study

Data Publisher:


Machine-readable codebook in Abobe PDF.


Persistent identifier:10.5255/UKDA-SN-3171-1

File Descriptions: 

Disc 1: doc. files - 15 portable doc. files, 1 ASCII text file
Disc 2: data files - 74 .exp files, 1 index portable doc. file, 1 x .sir, .wrn and ASCII text file

File Storage: 

Written to two CD-ROMs 1/2/99.


SPSS export files.

UKDA Study Number: 
Data Access: 

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