Political Support in Canada, 1983-1988 (ICPSR 9874)

Published: Jan 18, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Harold D. Clarke; Allan Kornberg


Version V1

The purpose of this data collection was to study the distribution, causes, and consequences of public support for Canada's national political authorities, regime, and community. Major areas of investigation include political attitudes, electoral behavior, conventional and unconventional forms of political behavior, evaluations of government performance (economy and other policy areas), and judgments of the equity and fairness of the political system. The surveys included in the collection have cross-sectional and panel components which permit the study of the dynamics of Canadian political attitudes and behavior. Specific variables for Part 1, 1988 National Pre-Election Survey Raw Data, include respondents' party affiliation, voting history, language, and cultural group affiliation, as well as opinions on the free trade agreement, the most important issue in the election, and which leaders were most impressive in the debates. Variables in Part 2, 1988 Post-Election Survey and 1988 Pre-Post Election Panel Survey Raw Data, cover respondents' opinions on free trade, civil service, taxes, trusting federal officials, and protection of the environment. For Part 3, 1983 National Cross-Sectional Survey Raw Data, information is provided on topics such as the respondents' involvement in the campaign, opinions on the effectiveness of the judicial system, Parliament, and taxation policies, and views on the importance of the welfare system, the armed forces, and employment opportunities. Data in Part 4, 1984 National Cross-Sectional Survey and 1983-1984 National Panel Survey Raw Data, cover respondents' views on the most important election issue for them as opposed to the most important issue for the candidates. All files offer demographic information as well, including age, race, sex, religious affiliation, education, occupation, employment status, and income level.

Clarke, Harold D., and Kornberg, Allan. Political Support in Canada, 1983-1988. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09874.v1

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National Science Foundation (SES 831-1077 and SES 882-1628)

1983 -- 1988

Stratified random national samples, with oversampling in smaller provinces.

Canadian electorate (persons 18 years of age and older).

telephone surveys

survey data



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