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Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1998

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Aarts, Kees
  • van der Kolk, Henk
  • Kamp, Marlies
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
crime; crosscultural differences; cultural identity; democracy; domestic policy; Dutch Parliament; environment; European unification; European Union; euthanasia; foreign policy; government performance; health care; income; media use; minorities; neighborhood characteristics; nuclear reactors; parliamentary elections; political affiliation; political attitudes; political change; political issues; political leaders; political participation; public approval; public opinion; refugees; social class; trust in government; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This survey focuses on the Netherlands Second Chamber parliamentary election of May 6, 1998. Part 1, Main Study, contains data from the first wave of interviews conducted before the election (March 30-May 5, 1998) and after the election (May 11-July 4, 1998), and a self-completion questionnaire given to respondents at the end of the second wave. Topics addressed during Wave 1 included: the respondent's interest in politics, the most important problems facing the nation, government policy satisfaction, attitudes toward voting, perception of public opinion poll results, political issues such as euthanasia, income differences, asylum seekers, European unification, ethnic minorities, and European Union (EU) membership, sympathy shown by political parties and politicians, political knowledge of leaders and coalitions, social and political goals, and the presence of a cultural community. Topics covered during Wave 2 included respondent's interest level in the campaign, electoral behavior, coalition preference, views on the importance of issues including nuclear plants, traffic, financial deficit, crime, health care, and the environment, satisfaction with democracy in the Netherlands, attention paid to regional differences, faith in prospective premiers, external and internal political efficacy, political cynicism, social isolation, acceptance of political decisions, civic competence and political participation, and social class images. Items in the self-completion questionnaire focused on trust in political institutions, including the police, parliament, and judges, media consumption, whether the respondent had been approached by a political party, whether he/she had tried to convince others to vote, and the demographic characteristics of those with whom the respondent discussed matters of importance. Background information on Part 1 respondents includes age, sex, political party, political orientation, electoral participation history, marital status, employment status, household income, religion, education, household composition, and demographic characteristics of parents and household members. Part 2, Nonresponse Study, Stimulus-Effect Study, and Corresponding Parts of Main Study, contains data from interviews conducted with respondents unwilling to participate in the Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (Nonresponse Study) and data from face-to-face or telephone interviews conducted with a random sample of respondents (Stimulus-Effect Study). Topics addressed in these studies concerned neighborhood characteristics, including degree of urbanization, income level, social class, and education, interest in politics, and voting intention. Background information on Part 2 respondents includes age, sex, electoral participation history, and household composition.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Main Study
    • DS2: Nonresponse Study, Stimulus-Effect Study, and Corresponding Parts of Main Study
Geographic Coverage
  • Europe
  • Netherlands
  • Global
Collection Mode
  • (1) The data are provided as SPSS portable files. (2) The codebook identifies 957 variables for Part 1 and 47 variables for Part 2, but with the inclusion of the Steinmetz Archive study number (V0001), these totals increase by 1. (3) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (4) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

2006-01-18 File CB2836.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2836 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02836.v1
  • Oosterwaal, Annemarije, Torenvlied, René. Politics divided from society? Three explanations for trends in societal and political polarisation in the Netherlands. West European Politics.33, (2), 258-279.2010.
    • ID: 10.1080/01402380903538856 (DOI)
  • Lawrence, Christopher Neil. The Impact of Political Sophistication on the Decision-Making Processes of Voters. Dissertation, University of Mississippi. 2003.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Aarts, Kees; van der Kolk, Henk; Kamp, Marlies (1999): Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1998. Archival Version. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.