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British Columbia Election Study, 1979-1980

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, census/enumeration data, survey data
  • Elkins, David J. (University of British Columbia. Department of Political Science)
  • Blake, Donald E. (University of British Columbia. Department of Political Science)
  • Johnston, Richard (University of British Columbia. Department of Political Science)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)
Free Keywords
census data; election returns; federal elections; labor force; political affiliation; political issues; political participation; political parties; provincial elections; provincial politics; public opinion; social indicators; vote count; voter attitudes; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This survey consists of interviews with 1,051 respondents conducted in the summer and fall of 1979 following the May 10 (provincial) and May 22 (federal) elections, and 808 telephone reinterviews in February 1980 immediately after the federal election of February 18, 1980. There are three types of data provided in this collection. The first includes extensive workforce participation information for respondent and household members, in-depth analysis of issue positions, links to party and other measures of voting, party identification, political participation, political culture, and strategic or "sophisticated" voting. The second type of information involves electoral data from the polling divisions and constituencies in which respondents were interviewed. The third type of data pertains to the social composition of neighborhoods and was derived from the 1976 Census. Demographic information on each respondent includes age, sex, race, religion, birthplace, education, language spoken at home, and first language learned.
  • Methods

    Please refer to documentation in the codebook for weighting information.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979 / 1980
    Time period: 1979--1980
  • 1979-08 / 1979-12
    Collection date: 1979-08--1979-12
  • 1980-02 / 1980-04
    Collection date: 1980-02--1980-04
Geographic Coverage
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Persons aged 16 years and older living in British Columbia. Smallest Geographic Unit: province
The sample design was a multistage, stratified, cluster sample. Ten provincial ridings were pre-selected on the basis of political and geographical characteristics to give representation to interior, Vancouver Island, and metropolitan ridings, NDP and Social Credit strongholds as well as competitive ridings, and ridings divided by or contained with federal constituencies.
Collection Mode
  • Please see documentation in the codebook regarding filter variables.

    Conducted by Canadian Facts, Ltd. Produced by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Ann Arbor, MI, 1983.

2007-01-10 This study, updated from OSIRIS, now includes SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, a SAS transport (XPORT) file, an SPSS portable file, a Stata system file, and an updated codebook. Funding insitution(s): Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) (410-78-0578, 410-81-0900).
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
  • 9019 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09019.v1
  • Blake, Donald Edward. The consistency of inconsistency: Party identification in federal and provincial politics. Canadian Journal of Political Science.15, (4), 691-710.1982.
    • ID: 10.1017/S000842390005201X (DOI)
  • Blake, Donald Edward, Elkins, David J., Johnston, Richard. Sources of change in the British Columbia party system. BC Studies.50, 3-28.1981.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Elkins, David J.; Blake, Donald E.; Johnston, Richard (1984): British Columbia Election Study, 1979-1980. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.