Survey Variable: Relationship Status

Figure 1. See also Table A1.

Figure 1 graphs the relationship status variable and shows that a plurality of respondents (45.5%) in the weighted sample are married, with the next largest group being the quarter of respondents (26.4%) who had never been married. There are no answers to be coded as missing values in the variable but it is helpful to recode it into a binary with categories for those who are or are not currently in a long-term relationship. The result of this recoding is presented in Figure 2, which shows that three fifths of respondents (60.7%) are in some form of long-term relationship. The details of the original and recoded variables are presented below Figure 2.

Figure 2. See also Table A2.
Variable nameback_maristat
Number of cases1,405
Number of categories7
Categories to code as missingNone
Cases to code as missing0
Recoded variable nameback_maristat_b
Number of cases1,405
Number of categories2
New and old categories‘No current long-term relationship’ = ‘Separated’
+ ‘Divorced’ + ‘Widowed’ + ‘Never married’

‘Current long-term relationship’ = ‘Married’
+ ‘Living as married’ + ‘Civil Partnership’
Details of the original and recoded relationship status variables.

Published by joegreenwoodhau

Joe Greenwood-Hau is a Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, where his teaching focuses on Introduction to Political Data Analaysis and he is wrapping up the Capital, Privilege and Political Participation in Britain and Beyond project.

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