Political Ambition in Britain Survey, 2017

The Political Ambition in Britain Survey, 2017 consists of responses to a survey regarding individual-level patterns of political ambition in Britain, fielded in 2017 to an online panel of over 10,000 respondents.

This project aimed to answer the question of why some people hold ambitions to run for political office, at any level, whilst others do not. This research examined different explanations for why some British people are politically ambitious and others are not and assess which factors hold the greatest influence over, and interrelate, to affect individuals' levels of political ambition.

The survey examines levels of political ambition (interest in running for office) across the UK and includes a range of political, social, and economic variables expected to condition ambition.

(Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.)

political ethics, political candidacy, political coalitions, political behaviour, political interest, internal politics, political doctrines, independent politicians, political parties

Cite this dataset as:
Allen, P., 2020. Political Ambition in Britain Survey, 2017. UK Data Service. Available from: https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-8599-1.


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Peter Allen
University of Bath


David Cutts
University of Bath

University of Bath
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Queen's Printer for Scotland
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Collection date(s):

From 17 March 2017 to 25 April 2017

Geographical coverage:

United Kingdom


Data collection method:

Time dimension: Cross-sectional (one-time) study. Sampling procedure: Quota sample. Mode of data collection: Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based (CAWI). Further documentation is provided within the dataset.


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Born Politicians? Testing Multiple Explanations of Political Ambition in Britain

Publication details

Publication date: 24 April 2020
by: UK Data Service

Version: 1

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-8599-1

URL for this record: https://researchdata.bath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1024

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Peter Allen


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Politics, Languages and International Studies