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Wave 1 of the 2014-2018 British Election Study Internet Panel

  • February 2014 - March 2014
  • N = 30,239
  • Mode: Online survey

The first 2014 wave of the 2014-2018 British Election Study Internet Panel (February-March 2014). Updated: Version 5.0. More information

Fieldhouse, E., J. Green., G. Evans., H. Schmitt, and C. van der Eijk (2014) British Election Study Internet Panel Wave 1. DOI: 10.15127/1.293723
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List of variables

  • Age completed formal education
  • Age group
  • all respondents
  • Approve: UK government
  • Are you an employee or self-employed/an independent contractor?
  • Attention to Politics
  • Best party on most important issue
  • Blair good or bad for Britain
  • British identity scale
  • Cares for pre-school age children
  • Cares for school age children
  • Cares for sick, disabled or elderly adults
  • Censorship of films and magazines is necessary to uphold moral standards
  • Certainty of vote intention in general election
  • Coalition governments are more effective than single party governments
  • Coalition governments are more in tune with the public
  • Conservatives contacted you in last 4 weeks
  • Conservatives united or divided
  • Cost of Living getting higher or lower
  • Country
  • Country of birth
  • Crime levels getting higher or lower
  • Daily newspaper readership
  • Did you supervise or were you responsible for the work of any other people?
  • Did you work on your own or did you have employees?
  • Do you own or rent the home in which you live?
  • Do you supervise or are you responsible for the work of any other people?
  • Do you work on your own or do you have employees?
  • Does England get fair share from Union?
  • Does Scotland get fair share from Union?
  • Does Wales get fair share from Union?
  • Economic optimism indicator: good time to buy
  • Economy doing better or worse
  • Education doing better or worse
  • English identity scale
  • Equal opportunities for ethnic minorities gone too far | not far enough
  • Equal opportunities for women gone too far |not far enough
  • Equal opportunities to gays and lesbians gone too far | not far enough
  • Ethnicity
  • European election vote intention (recalled vote in post-election wave)
  • European Integration scale (1990s version): Conservatives
  • European Integration scale (1990s version): Labour
  • European Integration scale (1990s version): Liberal Democrats
  • European Integration scale (1990s version): Plaid Cymru
  • European Integration scale (1990s version): self
  • European Integration scale (1990s version): SNP
  • European Integration scale (1990s version): UKIP
  • European Integration scale (ESS version): Conservatives
  • European Integration scale (ESS version): Labour
  • European Integration scale (ESS version): Liberal Democrats
  • European Integration scale (ESS version): Plaid Cymru
  • European Integration scale (ESS version): self
  • European Integration scale (ESS version): SNP
  • European Integration scale (ESS version): UKIP
  • Expected financial situation of your household (12 months)
  • Expected general economic situation in this country (12 months)
  • For some crimes, the death penalty is the most appropriate sentence
  • Gender
  • General economic retrospective evaluation: country
  • General Election vote 2005
  • General Election vote 2010
  • General election vote intention (recalled vote in post-election waves)
  • Generally speaking, how willing are you to take risks?
  • Gone too far: cuts to local services in my area
  • Gone too far: cuts to NHS spending
  • Gone too far: cuts to public spending
  • Gone too far: measures to protect environment
  • Gone too far: private companies running public services
  • Good or bad for England if Scotland becomes independent
  • Government Office Region
  • Have any of the political parties contacted you during the past four weeks?
  • Have you worked in a paid job in the past?
  • Highest Qualification
  • Household size
  • Household size - number of children
  • How many people work for your employer at the place where you work?
  • How many people worked for your employer at the place where you worked most rece
  • How well government handling costs of living
  • How well government handling crime
  • How well government handling economy
  • How well government handling education
  • How well government handling immigration
  • How well government handling NHS
  • How well Labour would handle cost of living
  • How well Labour would handle crime
  • How well Labour would handle education
  • How well labour would handle immigration
  • How well Labour would handle the economy
  • How well Labour would handle the NHS
  • Immigrants are a burden on the welfare state
  • Immigration bad or good for economy
  • Immigration enriches or undermines cultural life
  • Immigration levels getting higher or lower
  • In business, bonuses are a fair way to reward hard work
  • Income - gross household
  • Income - gross personal
  • Intention to turnout to vote in European election
  • Interview Start Time
  • It is difficult to understand what happens in gov and politics
  • It is every citizen's duty to vote in an election
  • It is more difficult to know who to blame when parties govern in coalition
  • It takes too much time and effort to be active in politics
  • Knows Ed Miliband's job
  • Knows George Obsborne's job
  • Knows John Bercow's job
  • Knows Nick Clegg's job
  • Knows Theresa May's job
  • Labour contacted you in last 4 weeks
  • Labour united or divided
  • Left-right value: Big business takes advantage of ordinary people
  • Left-right value: Government should redistribute incomes
  • Left-right value: Management will always try to get the better of employees
  • Left-right value: Ordinary working people do not get their fair share
  • Left-right value: There is one law for the rich and one for the poor
  • Left/right position: Self
  • Lib Dems contacted you in last 4 weeks
  • Liberal Democrats united or divided
  • Like/dislike: British National Party (BNP)
  • Like/dislike: Cameron
  • Like/dislike: Clegg
  • Like/dislike: Conservatives
  • Like/dislike: Farage
  • Like/dislike: Green Party
  • Like/dislike: Labour
  • Like/dislike: Liberal Democrats
  • Like/dislike: Miliband
  • Like/dislike: Plaid Cymru
  • Like/dislike: Salmond
  • Like/dislike: Scottish National Party
  • Like/dislike: United Kingdom Independence Party
  • Like/dislike: Wood
  • Likelihood to vote in general election
  • Most important issue category (auto-coded)
  • Most people I know usually vote in general elections
  • Never went to private school
  • NHS doing better or worse
  • No caring responsibilities
  • None of these parties contacted you in last 4 weeks
  • NS-SEC social class analytic categories
  • Other party contacted you in last 4 weeks
  • Parties cannot deliver on their promises when they govern in coalition
  • Party ID if no party to first ID question
  • Party identification
  • People who break the law should be given stiffer sentences
  • Personal economic retrospective evaluation: household
  • Plaid Cymru contacted you in last 4 weeks
  • Plaid Cymru united or divided
  • Politicians don't care what people like me think
  • Politicians only care about people with money
  • Preferences for English powers | English votes on English laws
  • Probability of voting for BNP
  • Probability of voting for Conservatives
  • Probability of voting for Green party
  • Probability of voting for Labour
  • Probability of voting for Liberal Democrats
  • Probability of voting for Plaid Cymru
  • Probability of voting for Scottish National Party
  • Probability of voting for UKIP
  • Redistribution scale: Conservatives
  • Redistribution scale: Labour
  • Redistribution scale: Liberal Democrats
  • Redistribution scale: Plaid Cymru
  • Redistribution scale: Self
  • Redistribution scale: SNP
  • Redistribution scale: UKIP
  • Religious affiliation
  • Religious denomination
  • Responsible for cost of living: Conservatives in UK government
  • Responsible for cost of living: Don't know
  • Responsible for cost of living: Last Labour government
  • Responsible for cost of living: Lib Dems in UK government
  • Responsible for cost of living: None
  • Responsible for cost of living: Scottish government
  • Responsible for cost of living: Welsh government
  • Responsible for crime: Conservatives in UK government
  • Responsible for crime: Don't know
  • Responsible for crime: Last Labour government
  • Responsible for crime: Lib Dems in UK government
  • Responsible for crime: None
  • Responsible for crime: Scottish government
  • Responsible for crime: Welsh government
  • Responsible for economy: Conservatives in UK government
  • Responsible for economy: Don't know
  • Responsible for economy: Last Labour government
  • Responsible for economy: Lib Dems in UK government
  • Responsible for economy: None
  • Responsible for economy: Scottish government
  • Responsible for economy: Welsh government
  • Responsible for education: Conservatives in UK government
  • Responsible for education: Don't know
  • Responsible for education: Last Labour government
  • Responsible for education: Lib Dems in UK government
  • Responsible for education: None
  • Responsible for education: Scottish government
  • Responsible for education: Welsh government
  • Responsible for GB debt: Conservatives in UK gov
  • Responsible for GB debt: don't know
  • Responsible for GB debt: EU
  • Responsible for GB debt: Global financial institutions
  • Responsible for GB debt: last Labour gov
  • Responsible for GB debt: Lib Dems in UK gov
  • Responsible for GB debt: None in list
  • Responsible for GB debt: Other
  • Responsible for GB debt: Trade Unions
  • Responsible for GB debt: UK banks
  • Responsible for immigration: Conservatives in UK government
  • Responsible for immigration: Don't know
  • Responsible for immigration: Last Labour government
  • Responsible for immigration: Lib Dems in UK government
  • Responsible for immigration: None
  • Responsible for immigration: Scottish government
  • Responsible for immigration: Welsh government
  • Responsible for NHS: Conservatives in UK government
  • Responsible for NHS: Don't know
  • Responsible for NHS: Last Labour government
  • Responsible for NHS: Lib Dems in UK government
  • Responsible for NHS: None
  • Responsible for NHS: Scottish government
  • Responsible for NHS: Welsh government
  • Risk of poverty: times when won't have enough money
  • Risk of unemployment
  • Satisfaction with English democracy
  • Satisfaction with EU democracy
  • Satisfaction with Scottish democracy
  • Satisfaction with UK democracy
  • Satisfaction with Welsh democracy
  • Schools should teach children to obey authority
  • Scotland Q only: Approve: Scottish government
  • Scotland Q only: Certainty about what will happen if Scotland remains in UK
  • Scotland Q only: Certainty about what will happen under independence
  • Scotland Q only: Economic situation under independence
  • Scotland Q only: Expectation of turnout % in independence referendum
  • Scotland Q only: Expectations about Scottish powers
  • Scotland Q only: Happy if Scotland becomes independent
  • Scotland Q only: I would be better off if Scotland independent
  • Scotland Q only: Independence referendum vote intention
  • Scotland Q only: Inequality under independence
  • Scotland Q only: Intention to turnout in independence referendum
  • Scotland Q only: Likelihood of Scotland becoming independent
  • Scotland Q only: Preferences for Scottish powers
  • Scotland Q only: Scotland voice in the world under independence
  • Scotland Q only: Scotland would keep using pound under independence
  • Scotland Q only: Scotland would retain EU membership under independence
  • Scotland Q only: Scottish identity scale
  • Scotland Q only: Should pension costs be shared between Scotland and the UK
  • Scotland Q only: Vote intention for Scottish Parliament | constituency
  • Scotland Q only: Which institution should decide: Defence
  • Scotland Q only: Which institution should decide: NHS
  • Scotland Q only: Which institution should decide: Police
  • Scotland Q only: Which institution should decide: Schools
  • Scotland Q only: Which institution should decide: Tax
  • Scotland Q only: Which institution should decide: Welfare benefits
  • Should Scotland become independent?
  • Speaks Welsh?
  • Strength of party identification
  • Subject area currently studying in higher education
  • Subject area studied in higher education
  • Thatcher good or bad for Britain
  • Too many people these days like to rely on government handouts
  • Trust MPs in general
  • Trust own MP
  • UKIP contacted you in last 4 weeks
  • UKIP united or divided
  • Understands the important political issues facing our country
  • Vote intention in referendum on EU membership
  • Wales Q only: Approve: Welsh government
  • Wales Q only: Good for Wales if Scotland becomes independent
  • Wales Q only: Preferences for Welsh powers
  • Wales Q only: Preferences for Welsh powers
  • Wales Q only: Vote intention for Welsh Assembly | constituency
  • Wales Q only: Vote intention for Welsh Assembly | regional or party list
  • Wales Q only: Welsh identity scale
  • Wales Q only: Which insitution should decide: Tax
  • Wales Q only: Which institution should decide: Defence
  • Wales Q only: Which institution should decide: Justice
  • Wales Q only: Which institution should decide: NHS
  • Wales Q only: Which institution should decide: Police
  • Wales Q only: Which institution should decide: Schools
  • Wales Q only: Which institution should decide: Welfare
  • Went to private primary/middle school
  • Went to private secondary school
  • Were you an employee or self-employed/an independent contractor?
  • What is your marital status?
  • When someone is unemployed, it's usually through no fault of their own
  • Which of the following people is the MP in your UK parliamentary constituency?
  • Work type
  • Working status
  • Would cost of living be getting higher/lower under Labour
  • Would crime be getting higher/lower under Labour
  • Would economy be doing better/worse under Labour
  • Would immigration be geting higher/lower under Labour
  • Would NHS be doing better /worse under Labour
  • Would schools be doing better/worse under Labour
  • Young people today don't have enough respect for traditional British values