Understanding Society – a geographical profile of respondents

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Understanding Society Working Paper Series


Jakob Petersen and Birgitta Rabe

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Understanding Society was designed to be representative of the UK population using a stratified, clustered, equal probability sampling design. This paper uses Census 2001 data to analyse whether Wave 1 respondents are representative of the different regions of the UK in terms of the types of neighbourhoods individuals live in. Neighbourhoods are classified using Townsend Material Deprivation quintiles and the Census Output Area Classification. We find that the respondent members of the general population sample of Understanding Society closely resemble the Census 2001 population at the neighbourhood level - nationally and regionally.


Geography, Demography and Survey Methodology

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