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Dutch Continuous Survey, 1972 (ICPSR 7021)

Principal Investigator(s): University of Amsterdam. Institute for Political Science; University of Amsterdam. Baschwitz Institute for Public Opinion and Mass Psychology


This study was conceived as the first wave of a series of surveys of Dutch public opinion. The interviews, containing both open and closed-ended questions, focused on the respondents' political interests, media exposure, and issues of opinion leadership. The respondents' partisan preferences, their political knowledge and efficacy, and their views on a variety of domestic and foreign policy issues were also assessed. An additional section dealt with attitudes toward homosexuals. The demographic variables provide information on the respondents' age, gender, marital status, educational history, occupation, income, and province of residence.

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Study Description


University of Amsterdam, Institute for Political Science and University of Amsterdam, Baschwitz Institute for Public Opinion and Mass Psychology. DUTCH CONTINUOUS SURVEY, 1972. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1974. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07021.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07021.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    foreign policy, homosexuality, international relations, party membership, political attitudes, political behavior, political participation, political parties, political partisanship, sexual attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    Netherlands, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1972-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 1972-01

Universe:    Adult population of The Netherlands aged 17 and over.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    A multistage sampling design was used that combined stratified and cluster sampling. With a preferred total number of respondents of 600 and an expected nonresponse rate of 20 percent, 250 clusters of three interviews each were considered necessary, each cluster containing .4 percent of the population. In the first stage, municipalities were selected by including all those with over 50,000 inhabitants and randomly drawing the others from a pre-established classification of 20 municipality types, according to the number of clusters falling into each group. In the second stage, households were selected from a set of addresses that was itself a sample of the total for that municipality. Finally, within the selected households, respondents were drawn according to a modified systematic random procedure.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-27

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