Quebec Sovereignty Referendum Study, 1995 (ICPSR 3726)

Published: Dec 15, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
Harold D. Clarke, University of Texas at Dallas; Allan Kornberg, Duke University

Version V1

This study, which was part of the "Can Mature Democracies Fail?" project, looked at public opinion regarding issues related to the Quebec Sovereignty Referendum held October 30, 1995. The sample consisted of adults aged 18 and over from Quebec and the rest of Canada (ROC). Survey interviews were conducted two weeks prior to the referendum and two weeks immediately after the referendum. Two versions of the survey instrument were administered: one for respondents from Quebec and one for the rest of Canada. Respondents were also asked to complete a mail-back survey, which was available in both French and English. Areas of investigation focused on political affiliation, voting behavior, interest in politics, and opinions regarding political parties, party leaders, the Canadian government, the provincial government, democracy, federal politics, a sovereign Quebec, and constitutional options. Demographic variables include age, gender, household size, occupation, education, and ethnicity.

Clarke, Harold D., and Kornberg, Allan. Quebec Sovereignty Referendum Study, 1995 . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-12-15.

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National Science Foundation (SES-9514385)


1995-10 -- 1996-02

A complete sampling description of the data collection can be obtained from Canadian Facts.

This study was part of the "Can Mature Democracies Fail?" project.

The Quebec data are weighted to census distributions for age and gender. The ROC data are weighted to census distributions for age, gender, and province.

Peter Wearing, Senior Project Director, Canadian Facts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada collaborated on this project.

Representative samples of adult populations (aged 18 and older) of Quebec and the rest of Canada were drawn using random-digit dialing telephone surveys, and interviews were conducted using a CATI protocol.

Adults 18 years and older living in Canada.


telephone interviews, and mailback questionnaires

survey data

65 percent



2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.

2005-02-21 The Quebec and rest of Canada mail surveys were scanned and added to the PDF documentation.


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