French Presidential Election Survey, 1988 (ICPSR 6583)

Published: Apr 4, 1996

Principal Investigator(s):
Roy Pierce

Version V1

This survey, undertaken to facilitate the comparative study of French and United States electoral behavior, was conducted in conjunction with the French presidential election of 1988. A secondary objective of the study was to advance the analysis of historical trends relating to political behavior in France. Accordingly, the questionnaire closely matches the standard American National Election Study, and, where appropriate, the questions were posed in language and forms that maintained continuity with earlier studies conducted in France. The 132 variables include 7-point scales recording respondents' left-right positions on major issues (including government subsidies to religious schools, the size of the public sector, and government policy toward immigrants) as well as their perceptions of the positions of the five major parties and the four major presidential candidates on those same scales. Also included are thermometer scales relating to the parties and candidates and measures relating to party identification and strength of party identification, religion and frequency of church attendance, assessments of the performance of the incumbent, and perceptions of personal and national economic conditions. Data concerning subjective class perceptions, union membership, and other standard demographic characteristics, as well as data relating to electoral participation and candidate choice at each of the two ballots, are also included. In addition, the study contains a series of variables permitting direct comparisons of media attention in France with that in the United States.

Pierce, Roy. French Presidential Election Survey, 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1996-04-04.

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1988-04 -- 1988-05

1988-04-24 -- 1988-05-08

(1) The codebook is in French. (2) Recodes to remove a weight variable were performed by ICPSR at the principal investigator's request.

The sample design consisted of two elements: the selection of communes (municipalities) and the selection of individual respondents. The first stage of the sampling procedure involved the designation of 24 strata by classifying all of France's approximately 36,000 communes by four population categories and six geographic regions, exclusive of the Paris region. On the basis of the 1982 census figures, and aiming at a target of 1,000 interviews, each stratum (as well as the Paris region) was assigned a number of interviews proportional to the population of the stratum. Then, individual communes were selected by random sampling within each stratum (and the Paris region) on the assumption that ten interviews would be conducted in each commune.

Registered voters in France.

personal interviews

survey data




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