Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2013
The Scottish Surveys Core Questions (SSCQ) 2013 is a new, annual Official Statistics publication for Scotland. SSCQ provides reliable and detailed information on the composition, characteristics and attitudes of Scottish households and adults across a number of topic areas including equality characteristics, housing, employment and perceptions of health and crime.
The SSCQ gathers survey responses from identical questions in the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, the Scottish Health Survey and the Scottish Household Survey into one output. The pooling of Core Questions results in an annual sample of around 21,000 respondents, providing unprecedented precision of estimates at national level. This sample size enables the detailed and reliable analysis of key national estimates by country of birth, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age and sex, marital status, education level and economic activity, as well as tenure, car access and household type. SSCQ also enables a detailed sub-national analysis by Local Authority, urban-rural classification and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
The Scottish Surveys Core Questions in 2013 covered:
self-assessed general health
disability and long-term conditions
perception of local crime rate
perceptions of police performance
highest qualification held
country of birth
Further questions are under development for inclusion in future, covering income, caring responsibilities and mental well-being.
Publication of the SSCQ 2014 is planned for spring 2016, following the publication of the 2014/15 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. Re-weighted tables for 2012, including full breakdowns by variables covered in this release, will also be published in spring 2016 (see section 6).
Jamie Robertson, Sarah Martin, Michael Davidson, Julie Wilson
- together with numerous colleagues past and present who, along with our contractors, have helped deliver each of the surveys as well as this methodological transformation
Surveys Branch, Strategic Analytical Policy Unit
Office of the Chief Statistician and Strategic Analysis, The Scottish Government
Foreword by Scotland's Chief Statistician
I am pleased to welcome this first Official Statistics publication of the Scottish Surveys Core Questions (SSCQ), which pools responses from the major population surveys in Scotland.
One of the key aims in recent years has been a review of the effectiveness and efficiency of the surveys, in providing impactful information of public value. A range of stakeholder consultations, including Beyond 2011 (NRS) and the Long Term Strategy for Population Surveys 2009-2019 (Scottish Government) have driven the strategic approach to align methodologies and harmonise questions between surveys where possible - with a view to obtaining a pooled sample of core variables spanning several surveys. This evidence feeds the user need for local data identified in consultations, and offers an unprecedented, rich resource for analysis by socioeconomic and equality groups. This will be used to support single outcome agreements by Community Planning Partnerships, and widely to measure demographic change across the public sector.
The SSCQ now provides us with an immensely valuable collection of characteristics and attitudes of Scottish households and adults across a number of topic areas including equality characteristics, housing, employment and perceptions of health and crime.
I would like to thank our contractors who have been implementing the Long Term Strategy for Population Surveys since 2012 to provide this data. Most importantly, I would also like to thank the 21,772 people who gave their time to participate in the Scottish Crime and Justice, Health and Household Surveys in 2013. The information they have provided is invaluable delivering the evidence for the development of equality, health and justice policy in Scotland.
Chief Statistician for Scotland
Scottish Government Strategy and Constitution Directorate
Guide to Tables and Figures
A wide range of tables are included in this report, drawing out key information from the SSCQ 2013 dataset, as shown in the overview of tables on page viii. It was not feasible to include all possible analyses in this report. The accompanying supplementary tables contain worksheets with full analysis of each topic across all possible social and geographic breakdowns. Also included in the supplementary tables are the 95% confidence intervals on each estimate. These confidence intervals are plotted on all charts and figures in this report. If the intervals do not overlap then there is a significant difference between two points, but if they do overlap it does not necessarily mean there is no significant difference. In the report text the term "significant" refers to "statistically significant" differences.
Main report chapters primarily discuss statistically significant comparisons (unless stated otherwise) presented in the table of the same number, e.g. Table 4.4 "Sexual Orientation" is discussed in section 4.4. It is important to note that all other (supplementary) tables also contain sexual orientation as a cross-variable, and, where significant differences are observed, the topic will be discussed in more detail in the relevant chapter. As a result of this table structure, most information is transposed in tables across different sections, providing different options for comparisons. For example:
- Table 4.1 "Country of Birth" details the percentage of people who identify as 'white: Scottish' who were born in a country outside the EU (0.6%), whereas Table 4.2 "Ethnic Group" details the percentage of people born outside the EU who identify as 'white: Scottish" (11%)
- Table 1.2 "Limiting long-term health condition" details the percentage of people in the most deprived fifth of areas who reported a limiting long-term health condition (31%), while supplementary Table S1 "Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation Quintiles" details the percentage of people with a limiting long-term health condition who live in the most deprived fifth of areas (27%).
All tables break down percentages in rows. 'Refused' and 'don't know' responses are excluded, so row totals may not add to 100%, and numbers of adults and sample may not add to the Scotland total for each cross-variable.
Overview of Tables
List of Tables and Figures
Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2013
1 Core Health Questions
2 Core Crime and Police Questions
Figure 7: Proportion of adults 'very' / 'fairly' confident or 'not very' / 'not at all' confident in the police to prevent crime (question A) by highest qualification, deprivation, economic activity and household tenure
3 Core Household Questions
4 Core Equality Questions
5 Core Education and Economic Questions
6 Technical Notes
An Official Statistics publication for Scotland
Annex A. Comparison with Census
Annex B. Comparison of the pooled surveys
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