National Identity and Constitutional Change in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 2001 and 2003

This dataset arises from the survey work undertaken by four closely co-ordinated projects whose principal aim was to establish whether initial reactions to the introduction of devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland enhanced (or otherwise) the legitimacy of the United Kingdom and the new institutions themselves.

The dataset contains both common questions asked in all four territories in a standard form and territory-specific questions that are relevant to the particular context. There are over 30 common items, covering measures of national identity, national sentiment, attitudes towards the constitutional status of each of the four territories, measures of system efficacy, indicators of post-materialist attitudes and exposure to globalisation, knowledge of the settlement and perceptions of the costs and benefits of devolution. In addition, there is a comprehensive range of relevant demographic information about the respondents. Variable names and labels have been standardised in order to facilitate comparisons both across territories and over time.

Spatial Coverage: 
United Kingdom
Data Creator: 
A. Heath (University of Oxford. Department of Sociology), Wyn R. Jones (University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Department of Internatinal Studies, National Center for Social Research, R. MacGinty (University of York. Department of Politics).
Time Period: 

Cross-sectional (one-time) study:

Data Publisher:


Machine-readable user guide in Adobe PDF format.


Persistent identifier:10.5255/UKDA-SN-5249-1

File Descriptions: 


  • mergeddataset2001-2003.por is the SPSS portable file.
  • 5249userguide.pdf is the portable document file.
  • *.rtf are file information and data dictionary files.
  • *.htm are readme and study description files.


File Storage: 

Written to CD 2/2/2006.


SPSS portable file.

UKDA Study Number: 
Data Access: 

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