ESS2 - 2004 Deviations - United Kingdom


In ESS 2, unlike round 1, many interviewers appear not to have probed respondents sufficiently if they simply reported their religion as being "Christian". Rather than asking for more details about the Christian denomination to which the respondent felt they belonged, the interviewer instead used the "Other Christian Denomination" category (category 4). This is likely to apply mainly to respondents belonging to the Anglican church/Church of England. When compared to R1 data, this results in far fewer respondents being coded as category 1 "Protestant", and far more as category 4 "other Christian Denominations". The variables have been omitted from the integrated file, renamed to RLDNGB and RLDEGB, and included in the country specific file for United Kingdom.


The underlying national questionnaire items have changed since ESS1-2002.

Bridging into category 2 intentionally diverts form official ISCED mapping to improve comparability.


Filter error between FSTJBYR/ICGNDR/ICCHLD and G121-G124. G121-G124 were asked to females with son/daughter regardless of earlier job experience, including those with FSTJBYR=0 (Never had such a job).

2 cases (idno=21814/25402) have more than 50% Refusal, Don't know or No answer in Main questionnaire.