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Dutch Parliamentary Election Panel Study, 1989-1994 (ICPSR 6741)

Principal Investigator(s): Anker, H.; Oppenhuis, E.V.


The Dutch Parliamentary Election Panel Study, 1989-1994, was conducted within the framework of the Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies. The survey was administered in three waves, one before and one after the election in 1989, and the third following the election in 1994. In the first wave, respondents provided information on their interest in politics, what they considered the most important national problem, how they intended to vote in the upcoming election, political party membership and affiliation, attitudes toward government policies and officials, opinions on political and social issues such as abortion, nuclear energy, income differences, and environmental pollution, and a variety of personal and demographic characteristics. Many first-wave items were repeated in the second and third waves. For these waves, respondents also reported the name of the party they had voted for in the election and their reasons for doing so. Other variables recorded voter perceptions of the stance of various political parties on issues such as euthanasia, nuclear weapons, and economic concerns, voter knowledge of national politicians, rating of political parties based on a 10-point left-right scale, attitudes toward politics and the effectiveness of government, union membership, and opinions on European unification. Respondents were also asked to describe how they would participate in the governing process if they thought that the Second Chamber of Parliament was about to consider a bill that the voter thought unjust and, in addition, to state which national goals should receive the highest priority.

Series: Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series

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Study Description


Anker, H., and E.V. Oppenhuis. Dutch Parliamentary Election Panel Study, 1989-1994. ICPSR06741-v2. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Steinmetz Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06741.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06741.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (Netherlands)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
  • Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Netherlands)
  • Social and Cultural Planning Office (Netherlands)
  • University of Amsterdam. Department of Political Science
  • University of Nijmegen (Netherlands). Department of Political Science

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, domestic policy, Dutch Parliament, economic conditions, European unification, foreign policy, government performance, income, nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, parliamentary elections, political affiliation, political attitudes, political change, political issues, political leaders, political participation, pollution, public approval, public opinion, trust in government, union membership, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Netherlands

Time Period:   

  • 1989--1994

Universe:    Members of the Dutch electorate at the time of the 1989 and 1994 parliamentary elections.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data file contains string variables that are 255 characters long. Due to SAS limitations, these variables were split in the SAS data definition statements. As a result, 491 variables are identified in the SAS data definition statements.

For documentation on the first two waves of this survey, users must refer to the codebook for DUTCH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION STUDY, 1989 (ICPSR 9950).

The data collection instruments are written in Dutch.


Sample:    A sample of 4,000 households was drawn from the Geographic Base Register, which is based to a large extent on the national mail delivery register of the Netherlands. From all eligible citizens within each household, one person was randomly selected by interviewing the person whose birthday was first. No substitution by another person was allowed in the case of refusal, no-contact, or other factors precluding an interview.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1996-10-01

Version History:

  • 1998-02-10 The codebook has been reformatted and is now distributed as a PDF file. In addition, the data file has been reformatted and is available as a logical record length file. Also, SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been produced for this collection.

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