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Data Playground

Welcome to the BES Data Playground. This is the beta version of our resource to make possible the analysis of 2014 BES data without need for specialist software or expertise. Create a graph, choose data and variables, see the raw data in a table beneath each graph. Just edit or start over to try something new. Please just ensure you credit the British Election Study in any uses of these data.

The British Election Study is not responsible for any analysis or any uses of data playground analysis. All data in the data playground are weighted for a general population of the UK. Scotland, Wales and England specific weights are not applied. For more complex or detailed analysis than possible in the playground, please download the data from the Data Download section of this page. Since the Data Playground is launched in beta version, we would be grateful to be informed of any potential bugs or queries via mail(at) Please note: we are currently fixing a bug in the date variable (date of interview).

Data download

Here you will find all British Election Study data released by the BES 2015 team, as well as historical BES data collected in elections between 1964 and 2010. New data are listed first. We are adding to the historical BES data series to provide a one-stop-shop comprehensive list of BES data, meaning users can come to one place to download all available BES data. This will be completed shortly.

All data listed here can be freely downloaded. Please cite the relevant information in all uses and publications.