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British Columbia Election Study, 1979-1980 (ICPSR 9019)

Principal Investigator(s): Elkins, David J., University of British Columbia. Department of Political Science; Blake, Donald E., University of British Columbia. Department of Political Science; Johnston, Richard, University of British Columbia. Department of Political Science


This survey consists of interviews with 1,051 respondents conducted in the summer and fall of 1979 following the May 10 (provincial) and May 22 (federal) elections, and 808 telephone reinterviews in February 1980 immediately after the federal election of February 18, 1980. There are three types of data provided in this collection. The first includes extensive workforce participation information for respondent and household members, in-depth analysis of issue positions, links to party and other measures of voting, party identification, political participation, political culture, and strategic or "sophisticated" voting. The second type of information involves electoral data from the polling divisions and constituencies in which respondents were interviewed. The third type of data pertains to the social composition of neighborhoods and was derived from the 1976 Census. Demographic information on each respondent includes age, sex, race, religion, birthplace, education, language spoken at home, and first language learned.

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Study Description


Elkins, David J., Donald E. Blake, and Richard Johnston. British Columbia Election Study, 1979-1980. ICPSR09019-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-01-10. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09019.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09019.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) (410-78-0578, 410-81-0900)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    census data, election returns, federal elections, labor force, political affiliation, political issues, political participation, political parties, provincial elections, provincial politics, public opinion, social indicators, vote count, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    province

Geographic Coverage:    British Columbia, Canada, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1979--1980

Date of Collection:   

  • 1979-08--1979-12
  • 1980-02--1980-04

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 16 years and older living in British Columbia.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data, census/enumeration data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Please see documentation in the codebook regarding filter variables.

Conducted by Canadian Facts, Ltd. Produced by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Ann Arbor, MI, 1983.


Sample:    The sample design was a multistage, stratified, cluster sample. Ten provincial ridings were pre-selected on the basis of political and geographical characteristics to give representation to interior, Vancouver Island, and metropolitan ridings, NDP and Social Credit strongholds as well as competitive ridings, and ridings divided by or contained with federal constituencies.

Weight:    Please refer to documentation in the codebook for weighting information.

Data Source:

(1) personal interview, (2) telephone interview, (3) Statement of Votes, Province of British Columbia, (4) Report of Chief Electoral Office, 1979-1980, Government of Canada, (5) 1976 Census of Canada


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-19

Version History:

  • 2007-01-10 This study, updated from OSIRIS, now includes SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, a SAS transport (XPORT) file, an SPSS portable file, a Stata system file, and an updated codebook.

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