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Quebec Sovereignty Referendum Study, 1995

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Clarke, Harold D. (University of Texas at Dallas)
  • Kornberg, Allan (Duke University)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
democracy; elections; national economy; political change; political issues; political leaders; political movements; political parties; political systems; provincial elections; provincial government; provincial politics; quality of life; referendum; self government; separatism; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This study, which was part of the "Can Mature Democracies Fail?" project, looked at public opinion regarding issues related to the Quebec Sovereignty Referendum held October 30, 1995. The sample consisted of adults aged 18 and over from Quebec and the rest of Canada (ROC). Survey interviews were conducted two weeks prior to the referendum and two weeks immediately after the referendum. Two versions of the survey instrument were administered: one for respondents from Quebec and one for the rest of Canada. Respondents were also asked to complete a mail-back survey, which was available in both French and English. Areas of investigation focused on political affiliation, voting behavior, interest in politics, and opinions regarding political parties, party leaders, the Canadian government, the provincial government, democracy, federal politics, a sovereign Quebec, and constitutional options. Demographic variables include age, gender, household size, occupation, education, and ethnicity.
  • Methods

    Response Rates: 65 percent
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1995-10-30
  • 1995-10 / 1996-02
    Collection date: 1995-10--1996-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Canada
  • Global
  • Quebec (province)
Sampled Universe
Adults 18 years and older living in Canada.
Representative samples of adult populations (aged 18 and older) of Quebec and the rest of Canada were drawn using random-digit dialing telephone surveys, and interviews were conducted using a CATI protocol.
Collection Mode
  • The Quebec data are weighted to census distributions for age and gender. The ROC data are weighted to census distributions for age, gender, and province.

    A complete sampling description of the data collection can be obtained from Canadian Facts.

    Peter Wearing, Senior Project Director, Canadian Facts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada collaborated on this project.

    This study was part of the "Can Mature Democracies Fail?" project.

2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.2005-02-21 The Quebec and rest of Canada mail surveys were scanned and added to the PDF documentation. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES-9514385).
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
  • 3726 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03726.v1
  • Clarke, Harold D., Kornberg, Allan, Stewart, Marianne C.. Referendum voting as political choice: The case of Quebec. British Journal of Political Science.34, (2), 345-355.2004.
    • ID: 10.1017/S0007123404000092 (DOI)
  • Clarke, Harold D., Kornberg, Allan, Wearing, Peter. A Polity on the Edge: Canada and the Politics of Fragmentation. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press. 2000.

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

Clarke, Harold D.; Kornberg, Allan (2004): Quebec Sovereignty Referendum Study, 1995. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.