Canadian National Election Study, 1988 (ICPSR 9386)

Published: Mar 5, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Richard Johnston, York University (Canada). Institute for Social Research


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This collection, containing information on the voting behavior and political attitudes of Canadians, consists of three waves of data gathered before and after the 1988 Canadian national election. The first wave, conducted by telephone in October and November 1988 before the November 21st election, focused on respondents' interest in the election, perceptions of the media, voting intentions, attitudes toward policy and campaign issues, assessments of government performance, and ratings of leaders, parties, and candidates. Other items included respondents' sociodemographic and economic characteristics, as well as party, candidate, and constituency identification. The second wave, conducted by telephone after the election from November 1988 through January 1989, contained some of the same items covered in the first wave but also included questions on voting behavior, campaign activities, and groups in Canadian society, along with a special battery on free trade. The third wave, conducted by mail from December 1988 through March 1989, explored fiscal priorities, the economy, policy issues, changes to Canadian society, political efficacy, societal goals, capitalist values, rights and liberties, and conceptions of community.

Johnston, Richard. Canadian National Election Study, 1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-03-05.

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) (411-88-0030)

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

1988-10 -- 1989-03

Probability sample by random digit dialing stratified by province. There was an official-language minority oversample for exchanges in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. Selection within household was by last birthday.

Canadian citizens, 18 years of age or older, resident in one of the provinces (excluding the Yukon and Northwest Territories).

telephone interviews, and mailed questionnaires

survey data




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