Information for participants about the Election Survey of Britons Abroad

This is an online survey of the participation of Britons living abroad in the general elections from 2015 - 2019. It is run by Dr Susan Collard and Professor Paul Webb in the Politics Department of the University of Sussex as part of a wider research project on overseas voting by UK citizens. 

It seeks to collect data on the general profile and the political preferences of British citizens resident ouside the UK: it concerns not only those who voted in these  elections, but also those who were unable to vote due to disenfranchisement by the 15 year rule, and those who were not interested in voting at all. 
It therefore invites participation from any UK resident abroad of voting age, regardless of whether or not they have voting rights in UK elections, and whether or not they have any interest in UK politics. 

The survey includes questions about your political views and how you have voted. 

Please note however that it is an anonymous survey that does not seek to obtain any personal information (such as name or address) that could lead to your being identified individually. The IP tracking system in the survey software will be switched off to ensure total anonymity. This also means that if you complete the survey you will not be able to withdraw your data once susbmitted since your data will not be identifiable. 


If you should make a written comment in one of the text boxes that could lead to your own personal identification, it is assumed that you give your consent to this information being used in the research. Please do NOT provide any information that could lead to the personal identification of any other individual: any such information will be deleted from the data and not used in the research since this individual will not have given their consent to be identified. 

How to complete the survey 

The questions are organised by topic into several different 'pages'.  There are additional pages which will only be offered to those who say they are a member or supporter of a UK political party.

Before attempting your responses you can scroll though the pages so that you know what to expect, but you will have to click on the 'Agree to the terms of participation' button and confirm that you are a UK citizen of voting age first. Having looked through the questions you can then go back to the beginning to answer them, or disconnect if you decide you do not wish to complete the survey. If there are any questions to which you do not wish to reply, you can just move on to the next one. You can use the text boxes to enter comments as you go if you do not feel the answer options are sufficiently comprehensive.   

At the end of the survey you are given 15 minutes to print off your answers or save them as a pdf document. 

The survey will probably take 15 - 30 minutes to complete, depending on your individual situation, how much comment you want to provide, and on whether or not you answer the additional questions for political party members and supporters.

Please remember to click on the final 'Finish' button to submit your responses. If you want to stop part way through the survey and resume later, you must click on the 'Finish later' button which appears at the bottom of every page (scroll right down): this will save the answers you have already given and you will be sent a special link to enable you to pick up from where you left off. 

Terms of participation in the survey
All respondents, by completing this survey, are consenting to participate in the research, and thereby consent to the processing of the information provided for the purposes of this research. All information will be treated as strictly confidential and handled in accordance with GDPR  and the Data protection Act 1998. Any communication relating to this survey should be addressed to Dr Susan Collard at the University of Sussex:

This survey has recieved approval from the Ethical Review Committee of the School of Law, Politics and Sociology (LPS) at the University of Sussex, Reference number:   ER/SFFC8/6

I have read and agree to the terms of particpation in this survey. Required

If you submit your answers you will not be able to return to this page.