Support #1018

Religion Variable for Northern Ireland

Added by Tara McNeill almost 6 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

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Good afternoon,

I am working with the Northern Irish sample of Understanding Society and my analysis centers around the religion variable. I was hoping to clarify a few things.

As I understand it - everyone is asked about their religion in wave 1 and thereafter the question is only asked to new entrants (especially those in NI)? Giving rise to a high percentage of inapplicable answers in subsequent waves?

Can I confirm whether a "Religion Same as previous wave" check is done? As what would happen if someone said they were religious in wave 1, but then by wave 5 were not religious? How is this information communicated in the resulting data?

I ask as I need to fill the religion variables for each respondent using perhaps the information from the previous wave and want to honour any changes in religion status and or religion.

Many thanks in advance for your help,
Best wishes,


Updated by Stephanie Auty almost 6 years ago

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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
Stephanie Auty - Understanding Society User Support Officer


Updated by Stephanie Auty almost 6 years ago

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Dear Tara,

The religion questions are asked of everyone in Waves 1, 4 and 8, and of new entrants in the waves between these, so you will be able to see changes but not exactly when they occured. (Wave 8 data will be released towards the end of the year.) However, the question which asks which religion the respondent was brought up in is only asked once as that shouldn't change.

Best wishes,
Stephanie Auty - Understanding Society User Support Officer


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