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The following datasets are available for down-loading. Contact me if you have any trouble with the format of the data or codebooks. In most cases, right click on the mouse then 'Save target as...' to download the file.

May 6th 2010 British General Election Constituency Results Release 5.0

The May 6th 2010 British General Election Constituency Results are available for downloading in Excel, Google docs, and PASW/SPSS formats.

The dataset includes the British constituency results with the 2005 and 2010 share of the vote for each party, the candidates for each party (sex and race), the vote swing, and seat changes. The 2005 election results are based on the PA (Rallings and Thrasher) notional results (due to boundary changes since the previous election). The results data has been downloaded and merged from the Press Association results. Release 5 now includes constituency census data.

It would be appreciated if you could contact me with any corrections which need to be made to the data, or with any supplementary data. This release will be updated to include any additions and amendments in due course.

15th May 2010: Version 2

One error was noted in the syntax generating LD0510 (the change in the Lib dem vote). This has now been corrected and the cleaned version uploaded.

16th May 2010: Version 3

Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck) has added variables coding the sex and ethnicity of all candidates, and whether Labour selections used All Women Shortlists, in version 3 of the release which is now downloadable.

19th May 2010: Version 4

David Denver (Lancaster U) kindly double-checked all the results and noted minor corrections to six vote shares recorded in the PA result. In addition, Richard Cracknell at the House of Commons library is to be thanked for providing an accurate estimate of the total electorates in each seat, checked with the local authority returning officers, and the regional classification of all seats. All these amendments and additions are included in Version 4. A link to the preliminary House of Commons report on the results is also added above.

28th May 2010: Version 5

Alex Singleton at UCL has kindly matched 2001 Census data to the new Westminster constituency boundaries used for the 2010 election. These census variables have now been added to the constituency results dataset, including the distribution of SES, occupational and industrial sectors, ethnic groups, religion, migrants, 'Acorn' groups, and types of households. More details about the contruction of the census variables is available from http://www.alex-singleton.com and about the Acorn classification from (http://www.caci.co.uk/) . The Codebook Census Data can also be downloaded for more details.

This release also corrects some regional mis-orderings in release 4.

May 2010 British General Election Constituency Result Excel version

May 2010 British General Election Constituency Results SPSS-PASW

May 2010 British General Election Constituency Results Google docs spreadsheet format

PDF summary of the election results

Link to the House of Commons Research Paper 10/36 General Election 2010 (18th May 2010)

Codebook Census Data (28 May 2010)

Google Chart tools

If you have not yet tried them, you may want to check out the new Google chart facility, including a variety of designs, and the choice of interactive or dynamic charts for illustrating time-series trends.

Google charts
Democracy Crossnational Data,Release 3.0 Spring 2009

This datasetis most suitable for comparisons of 191 contemporary states, with a limited number of lagged variables. It contains data on the social, economic and political characteristics of 191 nations with over 1000 variables.

March 2009

Codebook in PDF format

Data Stata SE version

Data SPSS Version

Data Excel 2007 version

Data csv version

Intro to using the dataset with Stata

Intro to using the dataset with SPSS

Democracy Timeseries Data Release 3.0, January 2009

This dataset is in a country-year case format, suitable for time-series analysis. It contains data on the social, economic and political characteristics of 191 nations with over 600 variables from 1971 to 2007.  It merges the indicators of democracy by Freedom House, Vanhanen, Polity IV, and Cheibub and Gandhi, plus selected institutional classifications and also socio-economic indicators from the World Bank. New variables including the KOF Globalization Index and the new Norris-Inglehart Cosmopolitan Index.  Note that you should check the original codebooks for the meaning and definition of each of the variables. The period for each series also varies. Note that the Excel version is for Office 2007 only. This is the dataset used in the book, Driving Democracy.

January 2009

Codebook in PDF format

Data SPSS 17.0 portable version

Data Stata 8.0 SE version

Data Excel 2007 version

Intro to analyzing the data with Stata


The British Parliamentary Constituency database, 1992-2005. Release 1.3.

The full dataset of election results and census data is now available for downloading. 

Note that release 1.3 (13 June 2005) corrects minor errors in the size of the electorates (and thus turnout) given in earlier releases.

Codebook in PDF format

Dataset in Excel format

Dataset in SPSS  (.sav) format

The British Parliamentary Constituency database, 1992-2001.

The full dataset of election results and census data is now available for downloading. The zipped file is the fastest and easiest to download.

Included here is the dataset for all British Parliamentary Constituencies 1992-2001 in SPSS and Excel formats and a report summarizing the results.

[Note that version 2 now available (21st June 2001) amends any errors in the first release.]

Seats zipped files (contains the codebook, SPSS portable file, the Excel file and summary report.)

Seats Codebook (Acrobat)

Seats (Excel Format)

Seats Summary Report (Acrobat)

The Campaign Learning Experimental Study, 2001

This is an experimental study by David Sanders and Pippa Norris designed to assess what people learn during the 2001 British election campaign from five different types of media (TV news, broadsheet newspapers, tabloid newspapers, party election broadcasts, and party websites).

The report posted here summarizes the research design. To try the experiment before reading about their aims and design first complete the pre-test questionnaire, then read either the broadsheet newspaper compilation or browse the party website for about 30 minutes, then complete the post-test questionnaire. You can analyze your response by comparing the pre- and post-test questionnaires. An executive report posting the key results of the analysis will be posted here in summer.

The experiments relate also to work on the British Election Study at Essex. Details can be found here.

The aims and research design.

1.The pre-test questionnaire

2a.The party website

2b.The broadsheet newspapers

3.The post-test questionnaire

Knows Little Conference paper result

The British Representation Study 2001

This is the survey of all parliamentary candidates standing for the major British parties in the 2001 general election, directed by Pippa Norris and Joni Lovenduski. The project was administered at Birkbeck College, University of London and funded by the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School. 

The data has been anonymized to preserve confidentiality and constituency-level data has been merged with the survey data.

BRS2001 Zipped file containing the data in spss portable format, the questionnaire and codebook.

Summary of research design for the 2001 BRS

The Iceberg and the Titanic Conference paper presenting some  results

The British Representation Study 1997

This presents the results of the survey of 1000 parliamentary candidates and MPS from all the major  parties running in the 1997 British general election.

The BRS_1997 zipped folder contains all the following files.


Data in downloadable SPSS portable format



The British Candidate Study 1992

This dataset contains the results of the 1992 survey of  British Parliamentary Candidates. The survey was conducted by Norris and Lovenduski with replies from 1,676 respondents in all the major parties, (a 69% response rate). The series of surveys was subsequently continued in the 1997 and 2001 British Representation Studies (above).

The codebook and questionnaire specify the contents. More details are available in Pippa Norris and Joni Lovenduski Political Recruitment (Cambridge University Press 1995)

The BCS_1992 zipped folder now available contains all the following released files. 

Codebook (pdf format)

Data (BCS92) in SPSS portable format


Technical Appendix

The Freedom House Classification of Democracies 1983-1999.

The sheets contain the following information for approx 201 countries worldwide.

1. Freedom House Ratings 1998-99: Political rights, civil liberties, combined ratings, Per capita GDP, Life Expectancy. 2. Type of Democracy 3. Freedom combined score. 4. Political rights scale 5. Civil liberties scale.

List of 1997 rankings

Data in downloadable Excel format

Data in downloadable Spss portable format

Link to Source: Freedom House

The British Election Study 1997

This provides materials about the national election study in the 1997 contest, including the cross-sectional post-election survey, the campaign panel study, the survey of Scotland, the survey of ethnic minorities, the contents analysis and related experimental studies.

Short article British Electoral Studies describing the components of the 1997 British Election Study.

Link to Crest for the questionnaires, codebooks and fuller information about the datasets. Also links to downloadable election results datasets for Scotland, Wales and the European elections.

British By-election Results 1945-2000 (May)

This dataset contains the vote for each party and the change in the vote at constituency level for over four hundred by-elections in Britain from 1945 to May 2000.

Data in Excel format

One page summary of byelection results since 1987 in Acrobat.pdf format.

British Gallup Opinion Polls 1945-2000

This dataset contains the vote share of the major parties, and the change in the vote since the previous general election, recorded in the monthly Gallup opinion polls 1945-2000.

Data in Excel format
The World Values Study The Codebook for the World Values Study 1980-97. This includes the questionnaire.

Link to the WVS home page with more details.

Links to Other Data Sources. Contact me if you have any trouble downloading as data can be shared in other formats.


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