This study is provided by ICPSR. ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.

Canadian National Election Study, 1972 (ICPSR 7410)

Principal Investigator(s):


This study includes three separate surveys that focused on the 1972 national election in Canada. Two surveys were conducted prior to the October 31 election date, and the third immediately following the election. The first questionnaire (Part 1), administered in June-July 1972, elicited respondents' opinions on parties and personalities in federal politics and on issues such as inflation, constitutional reform, campaign spending, marijuana legislation, and the right of federal employees to strike. Respondents were also asked to assess the performance of the Prime Minister and the qualifications of the main opposition candidates. Finally, respondents were questioned about their partisan affiliation and their voting behavior over the past few elections. Respondents' sex was the only demographic information collected in this survey. The second survey (Part 2), conducted in September 1972, assessed respondents' opinions on political issues such as unemployment, Canadian/United States relations, environment, taxes, price controls, and certain federal programs. In addition, respondents were questioned about their candidate preference, partisan identification, and party preference for the upcoming election. Basic demographic data such as age group, level of education, occupation, religious preference, union membership, national origin, and family income were also included. The third survey (Part 3) was administered in early November to a sample that included both first-time respondents and a panel that had also been interviewed in September. Respondents were asked to evaluate the federal election campaign, the candidates, parties, and political issues. Voting behavior in both the federal and local elections was also assessed. Filter variables are provided in Parts 1 and 3 to identify questions present on different survey forms, and in Part 3 filter variables distinguish between respondents who voted, or did not vote in the 1972 election. Demographic information included age group, level of education, occupation, religious preference, union membership, national origin, and family income.

Series: Canadian National Elections Study (CNES) Series

Access Notes

  • One or more data files in this study are set up in a non-standard format, such as card image format. Users may need help converting these files before they can be used for analysis.

  • These data are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Because you are not logged in, we cannot verify that you will be able to download these data.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  June-July, 1972 - Download All Files (3.6 MB)
DS2:  September, 1972 - Download All Files (3.8 MB)
DS3:  November, 1972 - Download All Files (3.8 MB)

Study Description


Market Opinion Research (Canada) Ltd. Canadian National Election Study, 1972. ICPSR07410-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07410.v2

Persistent URL:

Export Citation:

  • RIS (generic format for RefWorks, EndNote, etc.)
  • EndNote XML (EndNote X4.0.1 or higher)


This study was funded by:

  • Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   campaign expenditures, candidates, constitutional change, elections, environmental attitudes, inflation, labor strikes, marijuana, national elections, political attitudes, political campaigns, political issues, political leaders, political participation, political parties, price controls, taxes, unemployment, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   Canada, Global

Time Period:  

  • 1972

Universe:   Canadian electorate (permanent residents aged 18 and older).

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   National probability sample, proportionate to size. Part 2 includes an oversample of Quebec.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:  

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB7410.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2001-10-16 Extra lines containing extraneous characters were deleted in each of the three data files. The codebook is now available as a PDF file.

Related Publications (?)


Metadata Exports

If you're looking for collection-level metadata rather than an individual metadata record, please visit our Metadata Records page.

Download Statistics

Report a problem