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Dutch Parliamentary Election Panel Study, 1986-1989 (ICPSR 6742)

Principal Investigator(s): van der Eijk, C.; Irwin, G.A.; Niemoeller, B.


This panel study, conducted within the framework of the Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies, was administered in three waves. The first wave was conducted before the 1986 election, the second wave after the 1986 election, and the third wave after the 1989 election. The purpose of the collection was to assess electoral change in the Netherlands. Main topics covered in the first wave include respondent's political interest, national problems of importance to respondents, party identification and membership, voting behavior in the 1986 municipal elections, economic policy, and political issues such as abortion, income differences, nuclear energy, and 1986 vote intentions. Many first-wave items were repeated in the second and third waves. New topics covered in the second wave include respondent's political knowledge, political efficacy and cynicism, respondent's view of religion in society, 1986 and 1982 voting behavior, the 1986 voting behavior of respondent's partner, left-right political ratings, faith in prospective premiers, union membership, sympathy for and participation in new social movements, expectations of economic development, civic competence and civic political participation, future voting probability, experience with unemployment, trait evaluations of politicians, and political issues such as euthanasia, nuclear energy, differences in income, nuclear armaments, the economy, and Social Security. Topics introduced in the third wave focused on 1989 voting behavior, government policy (effect of government policy on economics, satisfaction with government), left-right political ratings, expectations of economic development, sympathy for and participation in new social movements, progressiveness and conservatism, and political issues such as pollution and customs and traditions. Demographic variables include age, gender, marital status, employment status and profession, education, religious affiliation, and household income.

Series: Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series

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Study Description


van der Eijk, C., G.A. Irwin, and B. Niemoeller. DUTCH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION PANEL STUDY, 1986-1989. ICPSR version. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Dutch Electoral Research Foundation/Netherlands Central Bureau of Statistics [producers], 1990. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Steinmetz Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06742.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06742.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, domestic policy, Dutch Parliament, economic conditions, 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, social movements, social security, trust in government, unemployment, union membership, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Europe, Netherlands, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1986--1989

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986--1989

Universe:    Members of the Dutch electorate at the time of the 1986-1989 parliamentary election.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Users should consult the codebook for the DUTCH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION STUDY, 1986 (ICPSR 8876) to obtain information concerning the first two waves. (2) Correct column locations can be found in the SAS or SPSS data definition statements. (3) A significant portion of the documentation is written in Dutch. (4) The codebook, data collection instrument, and frequencies are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


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 case of refusal, no-contact, or other factors precluding an interview.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1998-02-10

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