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Cross-sectional data

The BES has historically conducted a post-election in-person (face-to-face) survey to obtain responses from a representative sample of the general population after the election (and also before the election in a few instances). These data provide a representative ‘snap-shot’ of the population and each dataset includes a new set of survey respondents. The BES cross-section surveys commonly include a post-election mailback survey component and sometimes include a pre and post interview response from the same respondents, which are denoted by variables preceding: a (pre-election), b (post-election), c (mailback). The following list of surveys goes back as far as we are currently able to source all data. The earliest surveys will be added soon.

Version 3.0. 2015 Face-to-face Post-election Survey (with vote validation)

  • May 2015 - September 2015
  • N = 2,987
  • Mode: Face-to-face

The third release version of the British Election Study post-election in-person (random probability) survey (3.0) with occupation data and validated vote.

Fieldhouse, E., Green, J., Evans, G., Schmitt, H., van der Eijk, C., Mellon, J., Prosser, C. (2016). British Election Study, 2015: Face-to-Face Post-Election Survey. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7972,