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Office for National Statistics (ONS) Omnibus Survey


Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Subject Keywords: Over 300 question modules covering a very wide range of topics including contraception, unused medicines, tobacco consumption, changes to family income, Internet access, arts participation, transport, fire safety and time use.
Topic: Obesity
Cardiovascular Health (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Dataset
Region: United Kingdom

The ONS Omnibus Survey is a regular, multi-purpose survey which collects data from the field 12 times a year. It started operating commercially in 1990. It was set up originally to meet the needs of Government departments for a survey that used short and simple sets of questions, had greater statistical reliability than private sector omnibus surveys and a properly designed random sample. Now, however, an increasing number of academics are finding it a valuable research tool. The Omnibus is used for a number of purposes, for example: • To provide quick answers to questions of immediate interest • To provide information on topics that do not require a full survey • To develop and pilot questions for other surveys • To sift for subgroups that can be followed up in another survey. This survey has a Northern Ireland component.



Rights: © Crown Copyright
Suggested citation:

Office for National Statistics (ONS). (2007) Office for National Statistics (ONS) Omnibus Survey [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st September 2019].


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