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Dutch Parliamentary Election Study Cumulative Dataset, 1971-2006 (ICPSR 28221)

Principal Investigator(s): Aarts, Kees, University of Twente (Netherlands), and Dutch Electoral Research Foundation; Todosijevic, Bojan, University of Twente (Netherlands); van der Kaap, Harry, University of Twente (Netherlands)


This data collection provides directly accessible information on change and stability of electoral behavior and political orientation in the Netherlands. It is a compilation of common core variables included in the Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies of 1971, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2003, and 2006. As several of the Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies consist of pre-election interviews as well as post-election interviews, the Primary Investigator used the following the criteria for selecting the waves and variables for this collection: (1) The waves and variables included in the integrated dataset should be as representative as possible of the Dutch electorate, (2) If a variable was not available in the first wave of a study, it was taken from the second wave or the third wave, (3) All variables included at least four times in the 1971-2006 studies were included in the integrated dataset (albeit with some exceptions, documented in the "Documentation of Variables" section of the ICPSR codebook), and (4) If necessary, selected variables were recoded and converted to facilitate longitudinal analyses. The major areas of study focus on national problems, political efficacy, perceived stand of the main political parties on important political issues, view of religion in society, satisfaction with government, social participation, voting behavior in recent elections, left-right self-rating, left-right rating of political parties, sense of civic competence, civic political participation, legitimacy of social protest and government reaction, political distrust, and political cynicism. Respondents' views on other salient political and social issues, such as abortion, nuclear energy, differences in income, and nuclear armaments, were also elicited.

Series: Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series

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Study Description


Aarts, Kees, Bojan Todosijevic, and Harry van der Kaap. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study Cumulative Dataset, 1971-2006. ICPSR28221-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-09-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR28221.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR28221.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO 480-04-009)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    government performance, parliamentary elections, party identification, party membership, political efficacy, political influence, political interest, political issues, political knowledge, political participation, political socialization, public opinion, religion, trust in government, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    municipality

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Netherlands

Time Period:   

  • 1971--2006

Date of Collection:   

  • 1971--2006

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Members of the Dutch electorate at the time of the 1971-2006 parliamentary elections.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Study Purpose:    The main purpose of this data collection was to provide directly accessible information on change and stability of electoral behavior and political orientation in the Netherlands.

Sample:    Random samples for each included election study.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Response Rates:    Please refer to the ICPSR codebook for information on response rates.


Original ICPSR Release:   2010-09-13

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