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Canadian Election Survey, 2000 (ICPSR 3969)

Principal Investigator(s): Blais, Andre, University of Montreal; Gidengil, Elisabeth, McGill University; Nadeau, Richard, University of Montreal; Nevitte, Neil, University of Toronto


This survey assessed Canadians' political attitudes and voting behavior prior to the 2000 federal election. The survey included three components: the Campaign-Period Survey (CPS), the Post-Election Survey (PES), and the Mail-Back Survey (MBS). Approximately 46 percent of the telephone numbers included in the CPS were completed for a total of 3,651 interviews. Seventy-eight percent, or 2,860 of the CPS respondents, completed the PES survey, and 1,517 of the PES respondents completed the MBS. The CPS respondents were queried on their voting intentions, interest in the election and its media coverage, whether parties/candidates had contacted them during the campaign, the state of the economy, knowledge of the parties and leaders, personal stances on major policy issues such as cutting taxes, maintaining social programs, and the possible separation of Quebec from Canada, assessment of the Liberal government, and electoral expectations. Specific questions on political actions and personal character were posed regarding Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Conservative Party Leader Jean Charest, New Democratic Party Leader Alexa McDonough, Reform Party Leader Preston Manning, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, Premier Lucien Bouchard, and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The PES repeated many of the CPS questions, and addressed additional topics such as government spending, social issues including abortion, unions, businesses, education, health care, and capital punishment, Quebec separation, and attitudes toward social groups including big business, feminists, and aboriginal peoples. The MBS dealt with broader political issues and values, including the respondents' confidence in institutions, the distribution of power among various societal groups, and individual rights. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, ethnicity, political party, political orientation, voter participation history, education, marital status, religion, employment status, household income, union membership, country of birth, knowledge of Canadian political history, financial status, and disability status.

Series: Canadian National Elections Study (CNES) Series

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Blais, Andre, Elisabeth Gidengil, Richard Nadeau, and Neil Nevitte. Canadian Election Survey, 2000. ICPSR03969-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03969.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03969.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Chretien, Jean, economic conditions, elections, government performance, Mulroney, Brian, political campaigns, political candidates, political interest, political issues, public confidence, public opinion, separatism, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Canada, Global

Time Period:   

  • 2000

Date of Collection:   

  • 2000

Universe:    Canadian citizens aged 18 and over, who spoke one of Canada's official languages (English or French), and resided in private homes with a telephone, in the ten Canadian provinces and two territories.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Produced by the Institute for Social Research, York University, Toronto, Ontario, 2000.


Sample:    A two-stage probability selection process was utilized to select survey respondents and a weight was added to the sample, by province.

Data Source:

telephone interviews and mailback questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-06-23

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