Socio-Political Behaviour & Attitudes

Resources for researching political behaviour may include data from subscription databases, publicly available data portals or archived academic projects. Some suggestions are:

  • Afrobarometer
    Publicly available data and statistics from a project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa. Surveys are conducted in more than 30 African countries and trends in public attitudes tracked over time. Notes on methodology and analytical tools are also provided.
  • Americas Barometer
    A resource to allow access to data and analysis from a survey of democratic public opinion and behaviour that covers the Americas (North, Central, South and the Caribbean). Americas Barometer is part of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP).
  • British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA)
    A survey that produces annual measures of attitudinal change. It complements information gathered from large-scale government surveys that deal largely with facts and behaviour patterns, and party political attitudes data produced by polls. The data reflects patterns of continuity and change in political and religious beliefs, social identities, and charts the relative rates at which social attitudes change over time.
  • Citizenship Survey
    The survey provides an evidence base for government policy, principally covering the issues of community cohesion, civic engagement, race and faith, and volunteering.
  • Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections Data
    Provides access to data aggregated at levels of geography (i.e., presidential elections results by Congressional District). Some aggregated data are free to use but the detailed data are by subscription only or can be can purchased as individual files.

    The library currently holds:

    • U.S. Representative General - County and Congressional District Level Vote 2004, 2006 and 2008 datasets
      A selection of high-quality, very detailed election data sets, compiled from official sources relating to U.S. Representative General - County and Congressional District Level Votes for the elections of 2004, 2006 and 2008. These contains a breakdown of voting by State, County, Town and Congressional Dsitrict. Graphs, statistics and candidate names are also included. The files include state, county, and town-level FIPS codes.
      Access (via Weblearn) and use is restricted to members of the University.
    Please use the ‘Recommend a Resource’ form to request specific county data sets, explaining how the resource will be used.
  • European Values Studies
    Five waves of EVS surveys were conducted, from 1981 to 2007, addressing a range of social, economic, cultural and religious topics.
  • Global Indicators Database
    A resource developed by the Pew Research Center building on data and statistics from public opinion surveys it conducts around the world. It covers a broad array of subjects ranging from people's assessments of their own lives to their views to important issues of the day. Survey questions, topics and analysis are available for browsing.
  • International Election Monitoring: Three Global Datasets on Election Quality, Election Events and International Election Observation (ICPSR 31461)
    Data collection focusing on elections and election monitoring throughout the world on the national level.
    Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.
  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
    A major archive of social science research data that holds information predominately relating to the United States but also has some additional collections. Data is available on a range of topics including economic behaviour and attitudes, mass political behaviour and social institutions.
  • International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
    A continuing annual programme of survey collaborations that adds a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective to the individual, national studies. Special topics have included the environment, migration, the role of government, social inequality, the impact of religious background, behaviour, and beliefs on social and political preferences, and national identity. Participating countries vary for each topical module.
  • Mass Observation Online
    Access to material from the pioneering ethnographic project ‘Mass Observation’. It includes the entire File Report sequence 1937-1972, access to all of the Day Surveys, Directives and Diaries, 1937-1967 and Mass Observation Publications 1937-1965. A searchable topic collection covers issues such as attitudes to commodities, elections, smoking habits, and sexual behaviour. The resource also includes interactive maps, bibliographic resources and essays on various aspects of Mass Observation.
  • Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales
    Official webpage of the UK government for census and other government surveys. Visitors are able to search statistics by area, region or place. Data is available on subjects such as attitudes to crime and policing and behaviours in health and lifestyle.
  • Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR or Histpop)
    The Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. It includes a wealth of textual and statistical material and provides an in-depth view of the economy and society during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is also popularly known as the Histpop project.
  • Polling the Nations
    A compilation of full-text questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state, and local surveys conducted since 1986 by more than 1,400 polling organisations in 100 countries. It is described by Choice as “a resource beyond compare in the polling field”.
  • Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
    A major archive of public opinion surveys housing data from well-known organisations (such as Gallup) and substantial holdings of historical American surveys and polls conducted abroad by foreign firms. This includes access to iPOLL which contains nearly half a million survey questions and answers asked in the US over the last 65 years by more than 150 survey organizations.
  • Social Trends
    A resource developed by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that draws together social and economic data from a wide range of sources; it paints a broad picture of UK society today, attitudes, behaviour and how it has been changing.
  • Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior
    Undertaken quarterly in the United States of America, the Survey of Consumers measures changes in consumer attitudes and expectations.
  • UK Data Service
    An archive of social science research that, in collaboration with the UK Data Archive, makes data available from many key governmental surveys and academic research projects. Content may be downloaded or analysed online on various issues including race, economic wellbeing, voting behaviour and social attitudes.

Further resources on this theme may be found by using SOLO, OxLIP+ and the relevant library LibGuides.

Recommendations for additions to this list are always welcome. Please email the Bodleian Data Library with suggestions.

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