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Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2017

Published: 2 Apr 2019

Official statistics publication on equality groups across a range of measures from harmonised questions in the major Scottish Government population surveys.

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Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2017
Annex A: Comparison of the pooled surveys

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Annex A: Comparison of the pooled surveys

In this section, estimates from the pooled SSCQ and its constituent surveys SCJS, SHeS and SHS are displayed and assessed to determine agreement.

Estimates in these tables may not be identical to figures published by the individual surveys. This is due to differences in the valid sample size and weights being applied before pooling (see section 6.1).

Table A.1: Self-assessed general health by source survey (row % and margin of error) 

Good/very good Very good Good Fair Bad Very Bad
SSCQ 73.9 ± 0.8 34.0 ± 0.9 39.9 ± 0.9 18.6 ± 0.7 5.6 ± 0.4 1.7 ± 0.2
SCJS 74.6 ± 1.3 33.9 ± 1.5 40.7 ± 1.5 18.7 ± 1.2 5.1 ± 0.6 1.3 ± 0.3
SHeS 73.3 ± 1.6 33.8 ± 2.4 39.5 ± 2.1 18.2 ± 1.5 6.0 ± 0.8 2.5 ± 0.6
SHS 73.6 ± 1.1 34.1 ± 1.2 39.5 ± 1.2 18.7 ± 0.9 5.8 ± 0.5 1.8 ± 0.3

All three survey estimates of self-assessed general health overlap under formal testing.

Table A.2: Current smoker by source survey (row % and margin of error)

Yes No
SSCQ 17.9 ± 0.7 81.9 ± 0.7
SCJS 18.4 ± 1.2 81.6 ± 1.2
SHeS 17.9 ± 1.7 81.3 ± 1.7
SHS 17.7 ± 0.9 82.3 ± 0.9

All three survey estimates of current smoking prevalence in the adult population overlap under formal testing.

Table A.3: Long-term limiting health condition by source survey (row % and margin of error)

Limiting condition No limiting condition
SSCQ 23.7 ± 0.7 75.9 ± 0.7
SCJS 21.7 ± 1.2 77.8 ± 1.2
SHeS 31.6 ± 2.1 68.3 ± 2.1
SHS 22.3 ± 1.0 77.2 ± 1.0

SHeS reports a somewhat higher percentage of adults living with long-term limiting health conditions, while SHS and SCJS estimates overlap. It is thought that respondents are more likely to identify long-term conditions when asked about them in the context of a specific interview about numerous aspects of their health and wellbeing.

Table A.4: Average mental wellbeing score by source survey (scale from 7-35 and margin of error) 

Average
SSCQ 24.2 ± 0.1
SCJS 24.7 ± 0.1
SHS 24.3 ± 0.1
SHeS 22.9 ± 0.1

The three surveys produce similar average mental wellbeing scores. It is thought the SHeS estimate is lower due to the context of the health survey and surroudning questions on mental health.

Table A.5: Provides unpaid care by source survey (row % and margin of error)

Provides Care No care
SSCQ 17.4 ± 0.7 82.5 ± 0.7
SCJS 15.9 ± 1.1 84.0 ± 1.1
SHeS 14.7 ± 1.6 85.2 ± 1.6
SHS 19.2 ± 1.0 80.8 ± 1.0

The three surveys produce somewhat different estimates of the rate of the provision of unpaid care. SHS reports the highest level, followed by SCJS and SHeS.The confidence intervals on estimates from SCJS and SHeS overlap and do not represent a significant difference. It is thought that the SHS estimate is higher due to this being asked in the context of other questions around volunteering and time spent providing care.

Table A.6: Perception of crime in local area by source survey (row % and margin of error)

About the same/a little/a lot less A lot more A little more About the same A little less A lot less
SSCQ 75.2 ± 0.8 5.0 ± 0.4 13.9 ± 0.7 67.0 ± 0.9 6.6 ± 0.5 1.6 ± 0.3
SCJS 72.5 ± 1.4 6.6 ± 0.9 15.6 ± 1.2 63.0 ± 1.6 7.4 ± 0.9 2.1 ± 0.5
SHeS 79.1 ± 2.4 4.1 ± 0.9 12.4 ± 1.8 70.6 ± 2.7 6.2 ± 1.3 2.3 ± 1.1
SHS 76.2 ± 1.1 4.1 ± 0.5 13.1 ± 0.9 68.8 ± 1.2 6.1 ± 0.7 1.3 ± 0.3

The SCJS reports a slightly worse perception of crime in the local area than the other surveys and by extension, SSCQ. It is thought that respondents answer this question more negatively in the context of an interview about crime, victimisation and policing. 

Table A.7: Confidence in the police by source survey (row % and margin of error)

Very or fairly confident Very confident Fairly confident Not very confident Not at all confident
A: Prevent crime
SSCQ 55.8 ± 0.9 8.8 ± 0.6 47.0 ± 0.9 26.8 ± 0.8 8.2 ± 0.5
SCJS 53.2 ± 1.6 7.5 ± 0.9 45.6 ± 1.6 31.7 ± 1.5 8.4 ± 0.9
SHeS 61.4 ± 2.6 9.0 ± 1.8 52.5 ± 3.0 23.8 ± 2.5 6.1 ± 1.4
SHS 56.4 ± 1.2 9.5 ± 0.8 46.9 ± 1.3 24.3 ± 1.1 8.4 ± 0.7
B: Respond quickly to appropriate calls and information from the public
SSCQ 64.9 ± 0.9 15.6 ± 0.7 49.3 ± 0.9 19.6 ± 0.7 7.2 ± 0.5
SCJS 62.5 ± 1.5 14.6 ± 1.1 47.9 ± 1.6 23.5 ± 1.3 8.6 ± 0.9
SHeS 68.3 ± 2.4 15.9 ± 2.3 52.4 ± 2.8 17.2 ± 2.1 5.4 ± 1.3
SHS 65.8 ± 1.2 16.2 ± 0.9 49.6 ± 1.3 17.5 ± 0.9 6.6 ± 0.6
C: Deal with incidents as they occur
SSCQ 66.6 ± 0.9 12.9 ± 0.6 53.8 ± 0.9 19.1 ± 0.7 6.4 ± 0.4
SCJS 65.4 ± 1.5 12.0 ± 1.1 53.4 ± 1.6 22.6 ± 1.3 6.9 ± 0.8
SHeS 70.1 ± 2.4 14.4 ± 2.1 55.7 ± 2.8 17.4 ± 2.0 4.7 ± 1.3
SHS 66.8 ± 1.2 13.2 ± 0.9 53.6 ± 1.3 17.3 ± 0.9 6.3 ± 0.6
D: Investigate incidents after they occur
SSCQ 69.2 ± 0.9 14.0 ± 0.7 55.3 ± 0.9 16.9 ± 0.7 4.5 ± 0.4
SCJS 69.4 ± 1.5 13.0 ± 1.1 56.5 ± 1.6 18.9 ± 1.2 4.8 ± 0.7
SHeS 72.4 ± 2.3 15.1 ± 2.0 57.3 ± 2.6 14.8 ± 1.8 4.5 ± 1.3
SHS 68.5 ± 1.2 14.4 ± 0.9 54.2 ± 1.3 16.1 ± 0.9 4.3 ± 0.5
E: Solve crimes
SSCQ 63.6 ± 0.9 9.2 ± 0.6 54.4 ± 0.9 19.5 ± 0.7 5.0 ± 0.4
SCJS 64.0 ± 1.5 7.8 ± 0.9 56.2 ± 1.6 21.6 ± 1.3 4.7 ± 0.7
SHeS 65.9 ± 2.5 10.7 ± 1.9 55.2 ± 2.7 19.6 ± 2.1 4.3 ± 1.2
SHS 62.9 ± 1.2 9.7 ± 0.8 53.2 ± 1.3 18.2 ± 0.9 5.4 ± 0.6
F: Catch criminals
SSCQ 61.5 ± 0.9 9.1 ± 0.6 52.4 ± 0.9 21.9 ± 0.8 5.7 ± 0.4
SCJS 61.2 ± 1.5 7.8 ± 0.9 53.4 ± 1.6 25.3 ± 1.4 5.7 ± 0.7
SHeS 63.5 ± 2.5 8.8 ± 1.8 54.7 ± 2.9 21.3 ± 2.4 4.8 ± 1.2
SHS 61.4 ± 1.2 10.0 ± 0.8 51.3 ± 1.3 19.8 ± 1.0 5.9 ± 0.6

The SSCQ and SCJS estimates across all police confidence questions are not statistically different. Differences in the point estimates between surveys may relate to the interview context about crime, victimisation and policing in the SCJS.


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