This survey was a post-election study of the first election to the Welsh National Assembly in 1999. It was designed in the tradition of British General Election Studies and in close conjunction with the 1999 'Scottish Social Attitudes/Scottish Parliamentary Election Study' (held under SN:4346). The questionnaire covers mainly political behaviour and attitudes, together with a thorough classification section. A separate module of questions dealing with the new electoral systems was fielded in a self-completion booklet to face-to-face respondents.
The survey incorporated a methodological experiment to assess the feasibility of conducting election studies on the telephone in Britain. The sample is therefore made up of three sample types:
Sample A: a clustered sample, selected from the Postcode Address File (PAF) and interviewed face-to-face using laptop computers.
Sample B: selected using Random Digit Dialling (RDD) and interviewed over the telephone.
Sample C: a clustered sample selected from PAF and interviewed over the telephone.
Later Welsh election/Assembly election studies were conducted in 2001 and 2003 under the Wales Life and Times survey series programme (see under study numbers 4546 and 5052). An earlier study of the 1979 general election in Wales is held under SN:1591.
The file contains data from 1,256 respondents of which 522 were interviewed face-to-face and 734 on the telephone. Of those interviewed on the telephone, 399 were selected via PAF, 330 via RDD, and 5 were interviewed in Welsh.
Left-right scale: FairShar, RichLaw, TUNtNeed, PrivEnt, PublcOwn, GovResp1.
Libertarian-authoritarian scale: TradVals, Censor, PubMeet, GaySex, Tolerant, BanParty.
Welsh nationalism scale: SWLearn, SWLiv, SWAshmd, SWCrit, SWProud.
Welsh Assembly Election Study, 1999
|Jones, R. Wyn||University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Department of International Politics. Institute of Welsh Politics|
|National Centre for Social Research|
|Heath, A.||University of Oxford. Nuffield College|
|Seyd, B.||University College London. School of Public Policy. Constitution Unit|
|Curtice, J.K.||University of Strathclyde. Department of Politics|
|Dr. Richard Wyn Jones, Katarina Thomson of the National Centre for Social Research (Natcen) and Professor Anthony Heath acted as Principal Investigators under the main grant. Mr. Ben Seyd, Alison Park and Katarina Thomson of Natcen and Professor John Curtice acted as Principal Investigators under the 'New Electoral Systems' grant. Dafydd Trystan, Department of Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth; David McCrone, Department of Politics, University of Edinburgh; Peter Lynn and Gerry Nicolaas, National Centre for Social Research. The WAES was conducted jointly by the Institute for Welsh Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends (CREST). CREST is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Research Centre based jointly at the National Centre for Social Research (formerly SCPR) and the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. The study was funded by an ESRC grant. The module on the new electoral systems was developed jointly by the Constitution Unit, University College London and CREST and was funded by a separate ESRC grant.|
Copyright held jointly by University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends.
|Economic and Social Research Council|
|ESDS Access and Preservation||University of Essex. UK Data Archive|
|National Centre for Social Research|
Project Number: P ; 1898/P ; 1907
Numeric data; Alpha/numeric data; Individual (micro) level
Cross-sectional (one-time) study
(A) 900 (target) Sample A;(B) 741 (obtained) Definitely eligible - Sample A;(C) 40 (obtained) Uncertain eligibility - Sample A;(D) 522 (obtained) Sample A;(E) 515 (obtained) Weighted Sample A;(F) 1556 (target) Sample B;(G) 689 (obtained) Definitely eligible - Sample B;(H) 291 (obtained) Uncertain eligibility - Sample B;(I) 330 (obtained) Sample B;(J) 329 (obtained) Weighted Sample B;(K) 1320 (target) Sample C;(L) 807 (obtained) Definitely eligible - Sample C;(M) 328 (obtained) Uncertain eligibility - Sample C;(N) 399 (obtained) Sample C;(O) 404 (obtained) Weighted Sample C
Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview; Self-completion
The data must be weighted to take account of differing selection probabilities. Simplifying slightly: addresses/telephone numbers are selected with equal probability, but only one person in each household is interviewed. People in small households therefore have a higher probability of selection than people in large households and the weighting corrects for this. The weighting also attempts to correct for non-response biases, which is especially important since non-response is higher on the telephone samples than on the face-to-face sample.
Please note that the data must be weighted in all analysis. The file is not preweighted.
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