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Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1981 (ICPSR 7912)

Principal Investigator(s): van der Eijk, C.; Niemoeller, B.; Eggen, A. Th. J.


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).

Series: Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series

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Study Description


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. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07912.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07912.v2

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This study was funded by:

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

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, armaments, crime, domestic policy, Dutch Parliament, government performance, national politics, national security, nuclear energy, parliamentary elections, political affiliation, political attitudes, political awareness, political campaigns, political efficacy, political participation, pollution, public opinion, social problems, social protest, trust in government, unemployment, voting behavior, womens rights

Smallest Geographic Unit:    province

Geographic Coverage:    Europe, Global, Netherlands

Time Period:   

  • 1981

Date of Collection:   

  • 1981-01--1981-06

Unit of Observation:    individual

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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


Sample:    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.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

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

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, self-enumerated questionnaire

Data Source:

personal interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires

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:   1985-10-09

Version History:

  • 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.

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