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Canadian National Election Study, 1972

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Market Opinion Research (Canada) Ltd.
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Canadian National Elections Study (CNES) Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
Free Keywords
campaign expenditures; candidates; constitutional change; elections; environmental attitudes; inflation; labor strikes; marijuana; national elections; political attitudes; political campaigns; political issues; political leaders; political participation; political parties; price controls; taxes; unemployment; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This study includes three separate surveys that focused on the 1972 national election in Canada. Two surveys were conducted prior to the October 31 election date, and the third immediately following the election. The first questionnaire (Part 1), administered in June-July 1972, elicited respondents' opinions on parties and personalities in federal politics and on issues such as inflation, constitutional reform, campaign spending, marijuana legislation, and the right of federal employees to strike. Respondents were also asked to assess the performance of the Prime Minister and the qualifications of the main opposition candidates. Finally, respondents were questioned about their partisan affiliation and their voting behavior over the past few elections. Respondents' sex was the only demographic information collected in this survey. The second survey (Part 2), conducted in September 1972, assessed respondents' opinions on political issues such as unemployment, Canadian/United States relations, environment, taxes, price controls, and certain federal programs. In addition, respondents were questioned about their candidate preference, partisan identification, and party preference for the upcoming election. Basic demographic data such as age group, level of education, occupation, religious preference, union membership, national origin, and family income were also included. The third survey (Part 3) was administered in early November to a sample that included both first-time respondents and a panel that had also been interviewed in September. Respondents were asked to evaluate the federal election campaign, the candidates, parties, and political issues. Voting behavior in both the federal and local elections was also assessed. Filter variables are provided in Parts 1 and 3 to identify questions present on different survey forms, and in Part 3 filter variables distinguish between respondents who voted, or did not vote in the 1972 election. Demographic information included age group, level of education, occupation, religious preference, union membership, national origin, and family income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: June-July, 1972
    • DS2: September, 1972
    • DS3: November, 1972
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1972
Geographic Coverage
  • Canada
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Canadian electorate (permanent residents aged 18 and older).
National probability sample, proportionate to size. Part 2 includes an oversample of Quebec.
2006-01-18 File CB7410.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2001-10-16 Extra lines containing extraneous characters were deleted in each of the three data files. The codebook is now available as a PDF file. Funding insitution(s): Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7410 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07410.v1
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    • ID: 10.1017/S0007123400000375 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1111/j.1755-618X.1990.tb00134.x (DOI)
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    • ID: (URL)
  • Regenstreif, Peter. Partisan Stability and Change in the Canadian Federal Election of 1972. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association.Montreal. 1973.

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

Market Opinion Research (Canada) Ltd. (1984): Canadian National Election Study, 1972. Version 2. Canadian National Elections Study (CNES) Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.