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Dutch Parliamentary Election Panel Study, 1971-1979 (ICPSR 6743)

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


This panel study was conducted within the framework of the Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies. The survey was administered in six waves. The first two waves occurred in 1971, the third wave was conducted shortly after the elections on November 29, 1972, the fourth wave was conducted after the formation of the Den-Uyl cabinet on May 31, 1973, the fifth wave was conducted following the pre-1977 election, and the final wave occurred in 1979. The purpose of this study was to provide information on change and stability in electoral behavior and political orientation in the Netherlands. Topics covered in 1971 included respondents' exposure to mass media, opinions on leadership, evaluation of local and national government, opinions on most important local, national, and world problems, sense of political efficacy, political interest, attitudes toward democracy, attitudes towards NATO and foreign policy, and expectations of world war through conflicts and social problems. Many first-wave questions were repeated in the succeeding waves. Topics added to the 1972 wave included foreign policy issues, confidence and trust in prominent persons and groups, welfare, government, income, housing needs, inflation, and tolerance regarding daughter's choice of husband. In 1973, respondents were also surveyed about the role of the government in environmental policy making, their perception of society's control on commerce and industry, and attitudes about prosperity. New items added in the 1977 wave covered image of political parties, major problems in the country, causes of unemployment, evaluation of government policies, cabinet formation voting behavior, left-right political ratings, freedom and equality, abortion, and European integration. Additional topics in 1979 included respondents' coalition preferences, party-identification, sympathy scores for political parties, cabinet formation efficacy, attitudes about vote recall in 1971, 1972, and 1977, opinions of political parties in the last 10 years, and perceptions of prosperity in the Netherlands. Demographic variables include respondent's age, gender, education, marital status, number of children, household income, religion, and region.

Series: Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series

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Study Description


van der Eijk, C., and B. Niemoeller. Dutch Parliamentary Election Panel Study, 1971-1979. ICPSR06743-v1. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Steinmetz Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06743.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06743.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    domestic policy, Dutch Parliament, economic conditions, environment, foreign policy, government performance, housing, income, nationalization, parliamentary elections, political affiliation, political attitudes, political change, political issues, political leaders, political participation, political parties, prosperity, public approval, public opinion, tolerance, trust in government, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Europe, Global, Netherlands

Time Period:   

  • 1971--1979

Universe:    Members of the Dutch electorate at the time of the 1971-1979 parliamentary elections.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook for this collection consists mainly of questionnaires in Dutch. Users should consult two other codebooks that describe Waves 1-6. Waves 1-3 and Waves 5 and 6 are documented in the codebook for DUTCH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION STUDY, 1971-1989 (ICPSR 6744). The fourth wave is documented in DUTCH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION STUDY, 1972-1973 (ICPSR 6747).


Sample:    This panel study is based on a 1971 sample drawn from the electorate for the parliamentary elections of 1971. The sample was drawn from the mail-delivery register and consists of households.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1997-12-11

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