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French Election Study, 1958 (ICPSR 7278)

Principal Investigator(s): Dupeux, Georges


This panel study was conducted in three waves that spanned the critical period of the establishment of the Fifth Republic in France. The first wave was conducted just before a national referendum held in early September 1958 on a proposed constitution for the new regime. The referendum vote being positive, a legislative election in two rounds was held to select the new Chamber of Deputies late in November 1958. The second wave of the study, conducted early in November, served as a post-referendum and pre-election measurement. Finally, the third wave was conducted after the second round of the legislative elections. The interviews sought to ascertain attitudes towards the proposed constitution, referendum vote intentions, and the levels of political involvement, participation, and information-seeking. Questions were also asked concerning the respondents' opinions of the most important problems facing France, the state of the nation, General DeGaulle, referendum results, and specific political and economic problems dealing with housing, schools, and the Algerian crisis. The panel of respondents was not a pure panel in the sense of a full reinterviewing of the same set of people at different points in time. Instead, the sample was divided into thirds, with only two of these thirds eligible for interviewing during any of the three waves. Thus, a first third of the respondents was interviewed in September and November, a second third in September and December, and the final third in November and December. A total of 1,650 persons were successfully interviewed, of which a considerable majority were interviewed a second time. There was no attempt to interview any respondents in all three waves. Personal data include age, sex, level of education, marital status, and number of children. The respondents' political histories were also assessed.

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Study Description


Dupeux, Georges. FRENCH ELECTION STUDY, 1958. Conducted by Institut Francais D'Opinion Publique (IFOP), Paris. 2nd ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1974. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07278.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07278.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    constitutional change, DeGaulle, Charles, domestic policy, elections, information sources, legislative issues, national economy, national elections, national politics, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, public opinion, referendum, social problems, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    France, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1958

Universe:    Adult population of France, registered on voting lists.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    National cross-section sample, randomly drawn from voter registration lists at sampling points that had been previously selected by a stratified proportional method.

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-19

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