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Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1986 (ICPSR 8876)

Principal Investigator(s): van der Eijk, C.; Irwin, G.A.; Niemoeller, B.


This study, the seventh in a series of national election studies in the Netherlands, focused on the elections for the Second Chamber of Parliament on May 21, 1986. The survey included questions on government policies, and specific political issues such as abortion, euthanasia, nuclear energy, nuclear armaments, and income differences. The survey also examined each respondent's voting behavior and vote intentions in the 1986 Second Chamber elections as well as respondent exposure to polls and expectation of election results. A second wave of interviews conducted after the 1986 elections included trait evaluations of key political figures and sympathy scores toward various political parties and social movements. Other variables cover party identification, coalition preferences, union membership, and religion. Demographic data such as age, sex, and occupation are also included.

Series: Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series

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Study Description


van der Eijk, C., G.A. Irwin, and B. Niemoeller. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1986. ICPSR08876-v1. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Steinmetz Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1994. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08876.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08876.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Netherlands)
  • Social and Cultural Planning Office (Netherlands)
  • Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research
  • Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Netherlands)
  • University of Amsterdam. Department of Political Science
  • Leiden University (Netherlands)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, domestic policy, Dutch Parliament, euthanasia, foreign policy, government performance, income, nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, parliamentary elections, political affiliation, political attitudes, political change, political issues, political leaders, political participation, public approval, public opinion, social movements, religious attitudes, trust in government, union membership, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Europe, Netherlands, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1986

Universe:    Eligible voters in the May 21, 1986, election for the Second Chamber of Parliament living in households listed in the Netherlands mail-delivery register.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    To obtain a fresh sample for the 1986 election, the same procedure employed in the 1981 and 1982 Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies was used. A sample of households was drawn from the Netherlands mail-delivery register. From each household, one person was selected at random (by a fixed and predetermined procedure) from all those eligible to vote in the May 21, 1986, election for the Second Chamber of Parliament.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-03-16

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