The Scottish Election Study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council is based in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde. Research of this type is needed in order to understand what is the background and reasoning behind decisions, so together with order term papers we prepare reports.
The principle investigators of the 2011 Scottish Election Study are:
In 2011, the Scottish Election Study took the form of a two-wave internet panel survey, with data collection undertaken by YouGov. The aim of the study is to explain the decisions of Scottish voters on 5 May, both whether and for which party they voted. As well as voting behaviour, the survey questionnaires cover the following topics: attitudes to parties and leaders; issue opinions and evaluations; national identity; constitutional preferences; multilevel party identification; preferences for political compromise; socio-demographic characteristics.
In addition to the pre/post-election panel, the 2011 SES also reinterviewed respondents to the 2007 Scottish Election Study.
Details of the two waves of data collection are:
- 'Pre' - the pre-election wave, N=2046, fieldwork in late-April 2011
- 'Post' - the post-election wave, N=1760, fieldwork in May 2011