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Here you will find a range of resources that we think may be helpful in analysing BES data.

The following links may be helpful in accessing statistical software commonly used to analyse social science data:
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New Report: Individual Electoral Registration and the British Election Study


In 2014 Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was introduced in England, Scotland and Wales. IER requires voters to register individually and provide individual identifying information, such as their date of birth and national insurance number. It replaced the previous system of ‘Household Electoral Registration’ (HER), whereby…

Data updates


The BES team is pleased to announce an update to the BES internet panel (BESIP) data. This update does not include any new British Election Study data. Rather, it makes some important changes to how the data are structured. Those who have used previous releases…

New Class Divides in British Politics


Occupational class was once the fundamental structure behind the British party system, with the vast majority of the working class supporting Labour and the vast majority of the middle class supporting the Conservatives. This link frayed in the 2000s under the New Labour government and…

How Fresh Is the British Election Study Internet Panel?

The British Election Study Internet Panel offers huge advantages to studying British politics. So much of the current political situation can only be understood in terms of how individual voters are changing their attitudes and behaviours. The 16 waves of the panel conducted since 2014…

BES Internet Panel Wave 16 Data Released

The British Election Study is pleased to announce the release of wave 16 of the British Election Study Internet Panel. Wave 16 was conducted in May-June 2019, immediately following the European Parliament elections. In total 37,959 respondents took wave 16 of the British Election Study….