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Italian Mass Election Survey, 1968

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Barnes, Samuel H.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
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conservatism; decision making; educational background; electoral issues; foreign policy; job history; liberalism; mass media; media influence; occupations; parliamentary elections; party leaders; political affiliation; political attitudes; political issues; political participation; political parties; public opinion; religion; social problems; socioeconomic status; trust in government; voter attitudes
  • Abstract

    For this survey, conducted following the 1968 Italian parliamentary elections, a representative stratified national sample was drawn from lists of voters in electoral precincts across the country. Interviews were conducted with 2,500 respondents about their political behavior and attitudes, party identification, and union and other organizational memberships. The influence of family and religious ties on political attitudes and behavior was probed, as were the effects of the multi-party structure and the impact of the mass media on Italian political life. Respondents were asked to place the different political parties along a left-right continuum and to place themselves along this continuum as well. This study also included interviews, conducted at the same time as the mass election survey, with a small elite sample of deputies and municipal councillors, but ICPSR does not distribute these data. Demographic information about respondents includes age, occupation, full-time work status, and occupation and political beliefs of father.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1968
  • Collection date: 1968
Geographic Coverage
  • Italy
Sampled Universe
Voters in electoral precincts in Italy in 1968.
Stratified national sample.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7953 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Sani, Giacomo. Political traditions as contextual variables: Partisanship in Italy. American Journal of Political Science.20, (3), 375-405.1976.
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  • Sani, Giacomo. Determinants of party preference in Italy: Toward the integration of complementary models. American Journal of Political Science.18, (2), 315-329.1974.
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  • Abramson, Paul R.. Intergenerational social mobility and partisan preference in Britain and Italy. Comparative Political Studies.6, (2), 221-234.1973.
  • Barnes, Samuel H., Pierce, Roy. Public opinion and political preferences in France and Italy. Midwest Journal of Political Science.15, (4), 643-660.1971.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Barnes, Samuel H. (1984): Italian Mass Election Survey, 1968. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.