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How was the text of the most important issue question coded?

We used automatic text analysis based on previous British Election Study surveys to automatically code the open ended most important issue responses for wave 1 in the variable miilabel. A second variable miilabel certainty includes the probability that the statistical model assigned to the chosen category. We suggest not relying on MII categories coded with a low level of certainty.

We will release a blogpost describing the text coding process and including the R code used that will allow anyone to choose a different approach for the coding if they prefer.

This automatic coding will be updated with manual coding of the text after the BES team decide on a new coding schema for the most important issue question.