ESS3 - 2006 Deviations - United Kingdom


In ESS 3, 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 RLGDNM and RLGDNME have been omitted from the integrated file, renamed to RLDNGB and RLDEGB, and included in the country specific file for United Kingdom.


Ambiguous category. "No answer" has erroneously been assigned 0 by the Fieldwork agency making it impossible to distinguish answer category 0000 "Still in parental home, never left 2 months" from "No answer". All 175 cases with value 0/0000 have been assigned 9999 "No answer."


The underlying national questionnaire items have changed since ESS2-2004.

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