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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2017: technical annex

Published: 26 Jun 2018
Directorate:
Constitution and Cabinet Directorate
ISBN:
9781787810518

This technical annex covers the methodological details of the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2017.

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Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2017: technical annex
4. Response rates

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4. Response rates

The Scottish Social Attitudes survey involves a face-to-face interview with respondents and a self-completion section (completed using Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing). The numbers completing each stage in 2017 are shown in Table 1 below.

Table 1: 2017 Scottish Social Attitudes survey response

No. % of total eligible sample
Addresses issued 2790
Vacant, derelict and other out of scope 1 304 11
Achievable or ‘in scope’ 2486
Unknown eligibility 2 23 1
Interview achieved 1234 50
Self-completion completed 1185 48
Interview not achieved
Refusal 3 892 36
Non-contact 4 208 8
Other unproductive 5 152 6

Notes to table

1 This includes empty / derelict addresses, holiday homes, businesses and institutions, and addresses that had been demolished.

2 ‘Unknown eligibility’ includes cases where the address could not be located, where it could not be determined if an address was residential and where it could not be determined if an address was occupied or not.

3 Refusals include: refusals prior to selection of an individual; refusals to the office; refusal by the selected person; ‘proxy’ refusals made by someone on behalf of the respondent; and broken appointments after which a respondent could not be re-contacted.

4 Non-contacts comprise households where no one was contacted after at least 6 calls and those where the selected person could not be contacted.

5 ‘Other non-response’ includes people who were ill at home or in hospital during the survey period, people who were unable to participate due to physical or mental health issues or where a language barrier made recruitment too difficult (despite translation and interpreting services being offered).

Table 2 below shows the achieved sample size for the full SSA sample (all respondents) for all previous years.

Table 2: Scottish Social Attitudes survey sample size by year

Survey year Achieved sample size
1999 1482
2000 1663
2001 1605
2002 1665
2003 1508
2004 1637
2005 1549
2006 1594
2007 1508
2009 1482
2010 1495
2011 1197
2012 1229
2013 1497
2014 1501
2015 1288
2016 1237
2017 1234

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