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.
1974 October BES Face to Face Cross Section.Crewe, I.M., Robertson, D.R. and Sarlvik, B., British Election Study, October 1974; Scottish Cross-Section Sample [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], 1977.
1974 February BES Face to Face Cross-Section.Alt, J., Crewe, I.M. and Sarlvik, B., British Election Study, February 1974; Cross-Section Survey [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], 1976.
1963-1970 Political Change in Britain Collated data from Face-to-Face Cross-Section and Panel Surveys.Butler, David, and Donald E. Stokes. POLITICAL CHANGE IN BRITAIN, 1963-1970 [Computer file]. ICPSR07250-v3. Conducted by David Butler, Bibliographic Citation: Nuffield College, Oxford, and Donald E. Stokes, University of Michigan, 1979. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor].