The Wales Life and Times Studies (WLTS) have grown out of a programme of work conducted by the Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends (CREST) in collaboration with the Institute of Welsh Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in response to the constitutional changes brought about by devolution.
In 1997 a referendum study was conducted in Wales and Scotland (held at the UK Data Archive under SN:3952), followed by election studies covering the first elections in 1999 to the Welsh National Assembly (held under SN:4180) and Scottish Parliament, both funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). When the ESRC announced its intention to carry out surveys in all parts of the UK in 2001 and 2003 under the Devolution and Constitutional Change Programme, the Welsh component became WLTS.
An earlier Welsh election study, covering the 1979 general election, is also held at the UK Data Archive under SN:1591, but is not part of the WLTS series.
The Welsh Life and Times Study (Welsh Assembly Election Study), 2007 served as a Welsh Assembly Election Study for the 2007 Welsh National Assembly elections.
The dataset contains the replies of respondents in Wales to questions on newspaper readership and internet, party identification, public services, Welsh National Assembly voting, Welsh election, and national and class identity.
Classificatory information was also collected on health, housing tenure, Welsh speaking, religion, ethnicity, education, economic activity, job details, and income.
There was also a self-completion questionnaire which included questions on public services, voting and proportional representation.
Welsh Life and Times Study (Welsh Assembly Election Study), 2007
|Jones, R. Wyn||University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Department of International Studies|
|Phillips, M.||National Centre for Social Research|
Copyright held jointly between University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and National Centre for Social Research
|Economic and Social Research Council|
|ESDS Access and Preservation||University of Essex. UK Data Archive|
|National Centre for Social Research|
Numeric data; Individual (micro) level
Repeated cross-sectional study
Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
Weighting used. See documentation for details.
The data were processed to the UK Data Archive's 'A*' standard. This is the Archive's highest standard, and means that an extremely rigorous and comprehensive series of checks was carried out to ensure the quality of the data and documentation. Briefly, the most important procedures were as follows. Firstly, checks were made that the number of cases and variables matched the depositor's records. Secondly, checks were made that all variables had comprehensible variable labels and all nominal (categorical) variables had comprehensible value labels. Where possible, either with reference to the documentation and/or in communication with the depositor, labels were accordingly edited or created. Thirdly, logical checks were performed to ensure that nominal (categorical) variables had values within the range defined (either by value labels or in the depositor's documentation). Lastly, any data or documentation that breached confidentiality rules were altered or suppressed to preserve anonymity.
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