2005/06 British Election Study
2005 BES Progress
Advisory Board Members
To: Members of
the EPOP Community
David Sanders, Paul Whiteley, Harold Clarke, Marianne Stewart
April 14, 2005
general election only three weeks away, the 2005 British Election Study is now
in high gear. Accordingly, we are
making a brief progress report to the EPOP community, highlighting some aspects
of the project to date.
2005 BES has two major data collection components:
first component is the pre-campaign-post-election face-to-face panel survey.
There is a "top-up" component in the post-election wave of
interviewing to ensure a representative national sample.
A post-election mailback questionnaire also will be administered.
Fieldwork for the survey is being conducted by the National Centre (Natcen).
Katarina Thomson of Natcen is directing the project, with the
assistance of Mark Johnson. Although
data from a few late interviews may yet be recorded, the pre-campaign wave
of interviewing is essentially complete.
At present, the number of cases is 3576, with 2002 interviews in
England, 933 in Scotland, and 641 in Wales.
The response rate is 61% (up 9% on 2001), and fully 95% of the
respondents indicate that they are willing to participate in the
post-election wave of interviewing.
second component is the rolling campaign panel survey (RCPS), which is being
conducted by internet. Yougov
is the survey house, with Joe Twyman serving as project director.
The RCPS has pre-campaign, campaign and post-election waves.
The pre-campaign baseline wave of interviewing is complete, with 7813
respondents participating. The
rolling campaign survey is now underway, with c.270 of the pre-campaign
respondents being recontacted every day during the campaign.
Using the campaign survey data, the dynamics of vote intention and
other key variables are being mapped as the campaign progresses.
RCPS results are being posted on the BES website (www.essex.ac.uk/bes).
Immediately after polling day, all respondents in the pre-campaign or
campaign surveys will be contacted again for a post-election interview.
follow-up internet interviews with both survey streams are part of the study
design. For additional details,
please see the BES website.
As in 2001, we will provide very early release of all survey data.
The target date for release of the pre-campaign data is the last week of
May. Soon afterwards, we will
release the campaign and post-election waves of the RCPS data.
Fieldwork for the post-election face-to-face survey will begin
immediately after the election, and will be completed by early July.
These data should be ready for preliminary release by mid-August,
approximately one month before the annual EPOP meeting.
As in 2001, all data will be available on the BES website, and also will
be distributed on CDs at the 2005 EPOP meeting.
We will make a report on the study at the meeting.
Later in the year, all data will be archived with the ESRC Data Archive
at the University of Essex.
information on the 2005 BES, please consult the 2005 BES website: www.essex.ac.uk/bes
Contact information for us and the project's Research Officer, Kristi
Winters, is also available on the website.
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