Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies Data Source Book, 1971-1989 (ICPSR 6744)

Published: Feb 10, 1998

Principal Investigator(s):
Raymond Horstman; Jan W. van Deth



Version V2

The main purpose of this data collection was to provide directly accessible information on change and stability of electoral behavior and political orientation in the Netherlands. This dataset is a compilation of common core variables included in the Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies of 1971, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1986, and 1989. However, several of the election studies consist of pre-election interviews as well as post-election interviews. Hence, the criteria for selecting the waves and variables were: (1) the waves and variables included in the integrated dataset should be as representative as possible of the Dutch electorate, (2) if a variable was not available in the first wave of a study, it was taken from the second wave or the third wave, (3) all variables included at least twice in the 1981, 1982, 1986, and 1989 studies were included in the integrated dataset, and (4) if necessary, selected variables were recoded and converted to facilitate longitudinal analyses. The major areas of study focus on national problems, political efficacy, perceived stand of the main political parties on important political issues, view of religion in society, satisfaction with government, social participation, voting behavior in recent elections, left-right self-rating, left-right rating of political parties, sense of civic competence, civic political participation, legitimacy of social protest and government reaction, political distrust, and political cynicism. Respondents' views on other salient political and social issues, such as abortion, nuclear energy, differences in income, and nuclear armaments, were also elicited.

Horstman, Raymond, and van Deth, Jan W. Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies Data Source Book, 1971-1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998-02-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06744.v2

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Dutch Electoral Research Foundation

University of Twente (Netherlands). Department of Public Administration

1971 -- 1989

The codebook 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.

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.

Members of the Dutch electorate at the time of the 1971-1989 parliamentary elections.

personal interviews

survey data



1998-02-10 A logical record length version of the data is now available, along with SAS and SPSS data definition statements. Also, the WordPerfect 5.1 version of the documentation has been replaced with a PDF file.


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