The Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) survey was launched by ScotCen Social Research (formerly the Scottish Centre for Social Research) in 1999, following the advent of devolution. Based on annual rounds of interviews of between 1,200 to 1,500 people drawn using probability sampling (based on a stratified, clustered sample), it aims to facilitate the study of public opinion and inform the development of public policy in Scotland, similar to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) series (held at the Archive under GN 33168). The SSA survey has been conducted annually each year since 1999, with the exception of 2008. The survey has a modular structure. In any one year it typically contains three to five modules, each containing 40 questions. Funding for its first two years came from the Economic and Social Research Council, while from 2001 onwards different bodies have funded individual modules each year. These bodies have included the Economic and Social Research Council, the Scottish Government and various charitable and grant awarding bodies, such as the Nuffield Foundation and Leverhulme Trust.
Further information on the SSA and links to publications may be found on the ScotCen Social Research Scottish Social Attitudes web pages.
The 2013 survey is the 13th wave in the series.
The Constitutional Change dataset contains all the questions funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on the Scottish Social Attitudes survey in 2013. These questions are about the constitutional future of Scotland, including questions on people's attitudes to independence, devolution max and who people think should be responsible for a range of public policies in Scotland.
This dataset has been deposited separately, and in advance of, the full dataset on all topics covered in Scottish Social Attitudes 2013. The full dataset is expected to be deposited by the end of 2014.
The 2013 survey contains questions on constitutional change (funded by Economic and Social Research Council and Edinburgh University)
The questionnaire contains the 'left/right' scale developed by researchers involved in the BSA and the British Election Study (BES) series (held at the Archive under GN 33066). See documentation for further details.