Scottish Referendum Survey, 1997

The Scottish Referendum Survey is a dataset of the responses to a postal survey of a random sample of the Scottish electorate subsequent to the devolution referendum of September 1997. It was part of a more general study of the Scottish referendum of 1997 which aimed to provide a comprehensive and authoratative account of a major event in Scottish political history thus enhancing current knowledge of referendums and their future use.

The postal questionnaire focussed on:

  • the individual vote in the referendum
  • opinion on constitutional change
  • national class and party identity
  • attitudes towards the Scottish parliament.

Further questions centred around the social and economic characteristics of respondants.


Spatial Coverage: 
Data Creator: 
D.T. Denver (University of Lancaster), J. Mitchell (University of Strathclyde), C. Pattie (University of Sheffield), H.M. Bochel (University of Lincolnshire and Humberside).
Time Period: 

Cross-sectional study: 1997.

Data Publisher:


Machine-readable codebook in MS-Word, WordPerfect or PDF format.


Persistent identifier:10.5255/UKDA-SN-3924-1

File Descriptions: 

1 data file and 5 documentation files:

  • g924.por is the SPSS portable (data)file.
  • cbk3924.wp5 is the WordPerfect codebook.
  • ques3924.wp5 is the WordPerfect questionnaire.
  • a3924uab.pdf is the Adobe portable document format version of both the codebook and questionnaire.
  • *.txt are citation and readme text files.


File Storage: 

Written to CD-ROM 7/1/99.


SPSS portable format.

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.