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The British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA) is an annual statistical survey conducted in the United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland) by the National Centre for Social Research since 1983.[1] The BSA involves in-depth interviews with over 3,000 respondents, selected using random probability sampling,[2] focused on topics including newspaper readership, political parties and trust, public expenditure, welfare benefits, health care, childcare, poverty, the labour market and the workplace, education, charitable giving, the countryside, transport and the environment, the European Union, economic prospects, race, religion, civil liberties, immigration, sentencing and prisons, fear of crime and the portrayal of sex and violence in the media.[3] The survey is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, government departments, quasi-governmental bodies and other grant-giving organisations.[3] In Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Social Attitudes Survey operates in place of the BSA.[3] The BSA was not conducted in 1988 and 1992, when funding was devoted instead to studies of voting behaviour and political attitudes in the British Election Study.[1]


  1. ^ a b "SN 6240 – British Social Attitudes Survey, 2007". UK Data Archive. Retrieved 29 November 2009.  
  2. ^ "British Social Attitudes". National Centre for Social Research. January 2009. Retrieved 29 November 2009.  
  3. ^ a b c "British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA) Series". Office for National Statistics. 15 March 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2009.  

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