Scottish Social Attitudes 2021/22 - core module: technical information

Technical report covering the methodological details of the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2021/22

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1. Like many national surveys of households or individuals, in order to attain the optimum balance between sample efficiency and fieldwork efficiency the sample was clustered. The first stage of sampling involved randomly selecting postcode sectors. The sample frame of postcode sectors was also stratified (by urban-rural, region and the percentage of people in non-manual occupations) to improve the match between the sample profile and that of the Scottish population.

2. See Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification for details.

3. Only one adult was able to opt-in per household, although they were informed that two adults can take part. Once the opt-in adult completed the interview they were asked if any other adults were able to take part or arrange a time to take part in the survey.

4. These assumptions were based primarily on figures from the Scottish Health Survey, which was delivering a similar approach, but also on a range of other UK push-to-telephone surveys.

5. This refers to the variation in the average weight by age group due to the non-response model used to derive weights

6. See Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020 for further details on the SIMD.

7. These variables were created by the ScotCen/NatCen Statistics Unit. They were based on SIMD scores for all datazones, not just those included in the sample – so an individual who lives in the most deprived quintile of Scotland will also be included in the most deprived quintile in the SSA dataset.

8. Half of the respondents were asked this question and the other half were asked VoiceUKb

9. Half of the respondents were asked this version and the other half were asked SayInGv3b

10. Half of the respondents were asked PDPublicA followed by PDPrivatA and the other half were asked PDPrivatB followed by PDPublicB



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