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Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1989 (ICPSR 9950)

Principal Investigator(s): Anker, H.; Oppenhuis, E.V.


This survey, the eighth in a series of election studies from the Netherlands, focuses on the September 6, 1989, elections for the Second Chamber of Parliament. These elections were called early due to the fall of the Lubbers-II cabinet on May 2. The survey was administered in two waves, one conducted before the election and one following the vote. In the first wave, respondents provided information on their interest in politics, what they considered the most important national problem, how they intended to vote in the upcoming election, political party membership and affiliation, attitudes toward government policies and officials, opinions on political and social issues such as abortion, nuclear energy, income differences, and environmental pollution, and on a variety of personal and demographic characteristics. During the second wave, respondents reported the name of the party they had voted for in the election and their reasons for doing so. Other variables recorded voter perceptions of the stance of various political parties on issues such as euthanasia, nuclear weapons, economic concerns, voter knowledge of national politicians, rating of political parties based on a 10-point left-right scale, attitudes toward politics and the effectiveness of government, union membership, and future vote intentions. Respondents were also asked to describe how they would participate in the governing process if they thought that the Second Chamber of Parliament was about to consider a bill that the voter thought unjust, and, in addition, to state which national goals should receive the highest priority.

Series: Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series

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Study Description


Anker, H., and E.V. Oppenhuis. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1989. ICPSR09950-v1. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Steinmetz Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1994. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09950.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09950.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Netherlands)
  • Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Netherlands)
  • Social and Cultural Planning Office (Netherlands)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
  • University of Amsterdam. Department of Political Science
  • University of Nijmegen (Netherlands). Department of Political Science

Scope of Study

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

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Netherlands

Time Period:   

  • 1989-07-15--1989-11-13

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-07-15--1989-11-13

Universe:    Members of the Dutch electorate at the time of the 1989 parliamentary election.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Produced by the Dutch Electoral Research Foundation, and the Netherlands Central Bureau of Statistics, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1993.


Sample:    A sample of 4,000 households was drawn from the Geographic Base Register, which is based to a large extent on the national mail delivery register of the Netherlands. From all eligible citizens within each household, one person was randomly selected by interviewing the person whose birthday was first. No substitution by another person was allowed in case of refusal, no-contact, or other factors precluding an interview.

Data Source:

personal interviews conducted solely by means of laptop computers


Original ICPSR Release:   1994-10-19

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