Sampling people or people in places? The BES as an election study
UK general elections involve a number of separate, though complexly inter-linked, contests for support among the parties. Two of these are reflected in the main types of model of voting behaviour used by political scientists, whereas the third involves the separate contests that take place – in most cases among the main political parties – in the (now) 646 constituencies which send representatives to the House of Commons. Ideally, electoral surveys should take account of all three. In this note, we explore the extent to which that is the case with the 2005 British Election Study – with the coverage restricted to England and Wales only, for technical reasons – and explore the implications of our findings for future electoral studies.
British Election Study
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