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French National Election Study, 1997 (ICPSR 3138)

Principal Investigator(s): Centre d'Etudes de la Vie Politique Francaise (CEVIPOF); Centre d'Informatisation des Donnees Socio-Politiques (CIDSP); Centre de Recherches Administratives, Politiques et Sociales (CRAPS)


The 1997 French National Election Study was conducted between the first and second ballots of the parliamentary election, which took place in France on May 25 and June 1, 1997. The intent of this study was to provide data for the analysis of electoral behavior. Information was gathered on respondents' interest in politics, political identification, participation, vote decision and behavior during the first ballot of the election, intention to take part in the second ballot and, if so, for whom they intended to vote, and prediction about the political composition of the parliament and the government after the election. Respondents were asked about their attitudes toward campaign proposals, including civil servant staff cuts, a guaranteed minimum wage raise, creation of 350,000 public jobs, a reduction of the work week to 35 hours, and relief of the social security contributions paid by firms. Other questions probed respondents' perceptions of the political proposals of the Left and RPR-UDF (Union pour la Democratie Francaise-Rassemblement pour la Republique) parties and the capability of these parties to solve current economic, political, and social problems in France. The survey also collected information on respondents' voting decisions in the March 1993 parliamentary election and the 1995 presidential election, and gauged respondents' satisfaction with Jacque Chirac's politics since his 1995 election and support for Alain Juppe and Lionel Jospin. In addition to the major political themes, the study investigated respondents' perceptions of the economy, focusing on European Union (EU) issues such as the single currency, the strength of the EU in relation to independent member states, advantages to France of being an EU member, EU influence on social welfare, and economic growth in France, as well as EU influence on protection against economic globalization. Other items covered respondents' opinions about national identification, democracy, religious tolerance, racism, the death penalty, nationalist tendencies toward immigrants and immigration law, the education system, trade unions, state economic policy, solidarity, privatization, public utilities, liberalism, the role of strikes, and respondents' solidarity with strike movements in November-December 1995. Demographic data collected on respondents include gender, age, marital status, education level, social status, employment status, occupation, religion, and, for Catholics, degree of religiosity. Some questions concerned respondents' relatives, including political leaning, employment status, occupation, and nationality.

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Study Description


Centre d'Etudes de la Vie Politique Francaise (CEVIPOF), Centre d'Informatisation des Donnees Socio-Politiques (CIDSP), and Centre de Recherches Administratives, Politiques et Sociales (CRAPS). FRENCH NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1997. Paris, France: Centre d'Etudes de la Vie Politique Francaise (CEVIPOF)/Grenoble, France: Centre d'Informatisation des Donnees Socio-Politiques (CIDSP)/Lille, France: Centre de Recherches Administratives, Politiques et Sociales (CRAPS) [producers], 1997. ICPSR version. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03138.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03138.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    campaign issues, Chirac, Jacques, economic conditions, European Union, government, Jospin, Lionel, Juppe, Alain, parliamentary elections, political participation, political parties, presidential elections, public opinion, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Europe, France, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1997-05-25--1997-06-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1997-05-27

Universe:    French citizens 18 years or older registered on the electoral list.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) For the variables Q12, Q31A1, and Q31A2 there is a coding inconsistency between the data definition statements and the dataset in terms of data values for the label "SR". Users should adjust the data definition statements to correspond to the dataset. (2) The value label codes included in the French and English versions of the questionnaire do not correspond with the codes in the dataset. Users should use the value label codes from the data dictionary in the codebook or from data definition statements. (3) Users should consult the principal investigator regarding use of the weight variables. (4) The data were collected by SOFRES, Paris, France. (5) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Sample:    Quota sample.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2001-04-12

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