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Wave 7 of the BES Internet Panel Released

The British Election Study Team

The British Election Study is pleased to announce the release of the seventh wave of our Internet Panel survey. Wave 7 was conducted immediately prior to the 2016 local Elections. We will also be releasing wave 8 – a rolling campaign wave stretching from the local elections to the referendum – and wave 9 – a post-referendum wave, in the coming months.

In total 30,895 respondents took wave 7 of the British Election Study. 21,044 of these also took wave 6, an overall wave on wave retention rate of 70.0%. 13,309 respondents took all of the first seven waves of the survey, 44.0% of respondents who originally took wave 1. Wave 7 was conducted by YouGov between 14th April 2016 and 4th May 2016. You can download the data for wave 7 here and the cumulative panel file here.

The British Election Study 2015 is managed via a consortium of the University of Manchester, The University of Oxford, and The University of Nottingham. The Scientific Leadership Team is comprised of Professors Ed Fieldhouse, Jane Green, Hermann Schmitt, Geoff Evans and Cees van der Eijk. The team is supported by researchers Dr Jon Mellon and Dr Chris Prosser, and also by BES 2015 consultant Professor John Curtice (University of Strathclyde). The BES 2015 is working in close collaboration with colleagues within the Universities of Manchester, Oxford and Nottingham, and is partnering with a wide variety of affiliated datasets and projects (and proposed projects) to link BES voter data to other data on election candidates and campaigns.