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The 1974-1979-1980 Canadian National Elections and Quebec Referendum Panel Study (ICPSR 8079)

Principal Investigator(s): Clarke, Harold D.; Jenson, Jane; LeDuc, Lawrence; Pammett, Jon


This study is a continuation of the 1974 Canadian Election Study, which consisted of extensive personal interviews with a national sample of 2,562 respondents following the federal election of July 8, 1974. Immediately following the federal election of May 22, 1979, 1,295 of the original respondents were successfully contacted and interviewed, thereby creating a 1974-1979 panel study. In addition, a new national sample of the l979 electorate and a supplementary sample of young voters (aged 18-23) were drawn and personal interviews utilizing the same questionnaire were conducted with respondents in these samples. After the federal election of February 18, 1980, 1,748 respondents in both the panel and cross-section samples were contacted by telephone and reinterviewed. No new respondents were added to the 1980 sample. When the Quebec referendum was called for May 20, 1980, a decision was made to contact by telephone Quebec respondents originally sampled in l974 or 1979 and interviewed in 1980. Of these respondents, 325 were successfully contacted and reinterviewed. Approximately half of the interviews were conducted immediately prior to the referendum, and the remaining half immediately afterward. The 1974 post-election survey covered a wide range of topics related to citizen participation in politics. The 1979 survey continued the theme of citizen interest and involvement in politics and probed respondents' attitudes about regions, provinces, and national unity. The 1980 telephone interview asked about vote choice in 1980, party identification, and the issue of energy. Questions on the Quebec referendum centered around the respondents' views on constitutional options for Quebec.

Series: Canadian National Elections Study (CNES) Series

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Study Description


Clarke, Harold D., Jane Jenson, Lawrence LeDuc, and Jon Pammett. The 1974-1979-1980 Canadian National Elections and Quebec Referendum Panel Study. ICPSR08079-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1982. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08079.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08079.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • Canada Council
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    bilingualism, campaign issues, demographic characteristics, elections, energy policy, ethnicity, family history, government performance, national elections, national identity, national unity, occupational status, political affiliation, political attitudes, political campaigns, political leaders, political participation, political parties, public opinion, separatism, Trudeau, Pierre, union membership, voter attitudes, voting behavior, voter interest, voters

Geographic Coverage:    Canada, Global

Universe:    Canadian electorate in 1974.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The complete set of filters and weights for all sections of the study is contained in variables 4001-4038.


Sample:    1974: Stratified, multistage cluster sample. 1979: Sample was drawn from reconstructed 1974 sample frame with allowances for population changes. 1980: Sample was drawn from 1974 and 1979 respondents.

Data Source:

telephone 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:   1984-06-20

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