Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1981 (ICPSR 7912)

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C. van der Eijk; B. Niemoeller; A. Th. J. Eggen



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This study contains electoral data on the political attitudes and behavior of 2,305 Dutch voters in 1981. The fifth in a series of national election studies in the Netherlands, this study was conducted as a three-wave panel focusing on the effects of campaigns and elections on the political attitudes, information systems, opinions, and preferences of the Dutch electorate. Items explored respondents' political knowledge, interest, and participation, as well as their positions on such issues as abortion, women's emancipation, nuclear energy and armaments, differences in income, crime, unemployment, and pollution. Also probed were respondents' perceptions and evaluations of the Dutch political parties, national problems of importance to them, and their satisfaction with the government, as well as their views of the legitimacy of social protest and government reactions, political distrust and cynicism, and religion and society. The first wave, gathered a few months before the start of the election campaign (January-February 1981), includes demographic information on respondents such as age, sex, marital status, occupation, political party identification and membership, membership in labor unions and other organizations, civic participation, education, social class, and religion. The second wave was gathered during the election campaign (April-May 1981), and the third wave was gathered immediately following the election of May 26, 1981 (May-June 1981).

van der Eijk, C., Niemoeller, B., and Eggen, A. Th. J. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1981. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-06-05. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07912.v2

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Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research (43-108), University of Amsterdam. Department of Political Science


Steinmetz Archive, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
1981-01 -- 1981-06

Conducted by Dutch Inter-university Election Study Workgroup (NKO), Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

A total of 2,305 eligible voters in households in the Netherlands in 1981. Of the 2,305 respondents interviewed in Wave I, 1,812 were reinterviewed in Wave 2, and 1,620 of those were reinterviewed in Wave 3.


personal interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires

survey data


2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • van der Eijk, C., B. Niemoeller, and A. Th. J. Eggen. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1981. ICPSR07912-v2. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Steinmetz Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2015-06-05. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07912.v2

2015-06-05 The SPSS setup files were updated to conform to current standards. SAS and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a R data file, a tab-delimited data file, and a PDF codebook have been added to the collection.

1985-10-09 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.

The data are not weighted and there are no weight variables in the data.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. Please see version history for more details.
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