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Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • van der Eijk, C.
  • Irwin, G.A.
  • Niemoeller, B.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Netherlands)
  • Social and Cultural Planning Office (Netherlands)
  • Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research
  • Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Netherlands)
  • University of Amsterdam. Department of Political Science
  • Leiden University (Netherlands)
Free Keywords
abortion; domestic policy; Dutch Parliament; euthanasia; foreign policy; government performance; income; nuclear energy; nuclear weapons; parliamentary elections; political affiliation; political attitudes; political change; political issues; political leaders; political participation; public approval; public opinion; social movements; religious attitudes; trust in government; union membership; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This study, the seventh in a series of national election studies in the Netherlands, focused on the elections for the Second Chamber of Parliament on May 21, 1986. The survey included questions on government policies, and specific political issues such as abortion, euthanasia, nuclear energy, nuclear armaments, and income differences. The survey also examined each respondent's voting behavior and vote intentions in the 1986 Second Chamber elections as well as respondent exposure to polls and expectation of election results. A second wave of interviews conducted after the 1986 elections included trait evaluations of key political figures and sympathy scores toward various political parties and social movements. Other variables cover party identification, coalition preferences, union membership, and religion. Demographic data such as age, sex, and occupation are also included.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Data File
    • DS2: SAS Data Definition Statements
    • DS3: SPSS Export File
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1986
Geographic Coverage
  • Europe
  • Netherlands
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Eligible voters in the May 21, 1986, election for the Second Chamber of Parliament living in households listed in the Netherlands mail-delivery register.
To obtain a fresh sample for the 1986 election, the same procedure employed in the 1981 and 1982 Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies was used. A sample of households was drawn from the Netherlands mail-delivery register. From each household, one person was selected at random (by a fixed and predetermined procedure) from all those eligible to vote in the May 21, 1986, election for the Second Chamber of Parliament.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8876 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08876.v1
  • Whitten, Guy D., Palmer, Harvey D.. Heightening comparativists' concern for model choice: Voting behavior in Great Britain and the Netherlands. American Journal of Political Science.40, (1), 231-260.1996.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Middendorp, C.P., Luyten, J.W., Dooms, R.. Issue-voting in the Netherlands: Two-dimensional issue-distances between own position and perceived party position as determinants of the vote. Acta Politica.28, (1), 39-59.1993.
  • Granberg, Donald, Brown, Thad A.. The Perception of Ideological Distance. Western Political Quarterly.45, (3), 727-750.1992.
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  • Kriesi, Hanspeter. New social movements and the new class in the Netherlands. American Journal of Sociology.94, (5), 1078-1116.1989.
    • ID: 10.1086/229112 (DOI)
  • Eijk, Cornelius van der, Praag, Ph. van, Jr.. De Strijd om de Meerderheid. De Verkiezingen van 1986. Amsterdam: CT Press. 1987.
  • Holsteyn, J.J.M. van, Irwin, Galen A., Eijk, Cornelius van der. De Nederlandse Kiezer 1986. Amsterdam: SWIDOC. 1987.
  • Irwin, Galen A., Eijk, Cees van der, Holsteyn, J.J.M. van, Niemoeller, Broer. Verzuiling, Issues, Kandidaten en Ideologie in die Verkiezingen van 1986. Acta Politica.22, (2-3), 129-179.1987.
  • Eijk, Cees van der, Irwin, Galen, Niemoller, Kees. The Dutch Parliamentary Election of May 1986. Electoral Studies.5, (3), 289-296.1986.
    • ID: 10.1016/0261-3794(86)90016-8 (DOI)

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

van der Eijk, C.; Irwin, G.A.; Niemoeller, B. (1995): Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1986. Archival Version. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.