Candidates for the European Parliament, April-May 1979 (ICPSR 9033)

Version Date: Feb 16, 1992 View help for published

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Jacques-Rene Rabier, Commission of the European Communities; Carsten Sorensen, University of Aarhus; Ronald Inglehart, University of Michigan. Center for Political Studies; Ian Gordon, Kingston Polytechnic University

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This data collection provides information on the goals and attitudes toward current political issues of a sample of 742 candidates for seats in the first elections to the European Parliament, held in June 1979. Interviews were conducted during the two months preceding the election in each of the nine nations that were members of the European Community. The sample includes 62 percent of those who were elected to the European Parliament. Candidates were asked about their reasons for choosing to become candidates, and their views on the goals, priorities, and powers of the European Parliament and the European Community. In addition, the study includes data on each respondent's career history and political affiliation, as well as information on the contacts the candidates had with other parties and the subjective sense of closeness they felt toward them, both in their own nations and across national boundaries within the European Community. The study was designed to permit comparison of opinions between the general public and candidates, and it includes a large number of questions that were also administered to the general public in EURO-BAROMETER 11: YEAR OF THE CHILD IN EUROPE, APRIL 1979 (ICPSR 7752). Demographic information collected on respondents includes age, occupation (other than any political position already held), religion and frequency of religious observation, number of foreign languages spoken, and self-assigned political position on a left-right scale. Background information on the respondents' parents was also obtained, including foreign languages spoken by parents, political affiliation, and occupation.

Rabier, Jacques-Rene, Sorensen, Carsten, Inglehart, Ronald, and Gordon, Ian. Candidates for the European Parliament, April-May 1979. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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Volkswagen Stiftung (Germany), Commission of the European Communities, European Parliament, National Science Foundation (NSF: SES 8208333)

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The number of interviews with candidates of different parties in each country was proportional to the number of seats each party was expected to win.

Candidates campaigning for European Parliament seats in 1979 in each of the nine nations of the EC (France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain [including Northern Ireland], Ireland, Denmark, Luxembourg, and Belgium.)

personal interviews



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Rabier, Jacques-Rene, Carsten Sorensen, Ronald Inglehart, and Ian Gordon. Candidates for the European Parliament, April-May 1979. ICPSR09033-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002.

1984-07-12 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.