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Dutch Parliamentary Election Panel Study, 1981-1986

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)
  • Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Netherlands)
  • Social and Cultural Planning Office (Netherlands)
  • Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research
  • University of Amsterdam. Department of Political Science
  • Leiden University (Netherlands)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Catholic University Brabant (Netherlands)
Free Keywords
abortion; crime; domestic policy; Dutch Parliament; foreign policy; government performance; housing shortages; income; inflation; nuclear energy; nuclear weapons; parliamentary elections; political affiliation; political apathy; political attitudes; political change; political issues; political leaders; political participation; pollution; public approval; public opinion; religious attitudes; social protest; trust in government; unemployment; voting behavior; welfare services; womens rights
  • Abstract

    This panel study was conducted within the framework of the Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies. The survey was administered in five waves. Three waves were conducted in 1981, two before the election of May 26 and one afterward. The fourth wave occurred in the fall of 1982 and the final wave in 1986. The purpose of this collection was to assess electoral change in the Netherlands. Main topics covered in the first wave included political interest, national problems of importance to the respondent, voting behavior in 1977, party identification and membership, vote intention, sense of political efficacy, left-right political ratings, and expectations of election outcome. Many first-wave questions were repeated in the succeeding waves. In the second wave, new questions were added on coalition preference, political knowledge (identification of leading politicians and their functions), faith in prospective premiers, political issues such as the economy (unemployment, inflation), abortion, nuclear energy (closing nuclear plants), and income differences, and which party offered the best solution for solving unemployment, crime, pollution, the housing shortage, welfare fraud, evasion welfare levies (taxes), and nuclear armaments. Respondents' views on religion in society (confessional attitude score), satisfaction with the government, and social participation were also ascertained. The third wave added items on voting behavior in 1981, sense of civic competence, civic political participation, (post-)materialist values, women's liberation, legitimacy of social protest and government reaction, political distrust and political cynicism, and beliefs about religion and society. New items in the fourth wave concerned voting behavior in 1982, the effect of television debates, and future voting. New topics in the fifth wave centered on voting behavior in 1986 and experience with unemployment. Demographic variables include respondent's gender, age, marital status, employment status and profession, education, and religion. Other background variables are available on number of persons in the household, household income, and region.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1981 / 1986
    Time period: 1981--1986
Geographic Coverage
  • Europe
  • Global
  • Netherlands
Sampled Universe
Members of the Dutch electorate at the time of the 1981-1986 parliamentary elections.
This panel study is based on a 1981 sample drawn from the electorate for the parliamentary elections of May 26, 1981. The sample was drawn from the mail-delivery register and consists of households. In each household drawn, a single person who was eligible to vote was selected at random as the prospective respondent. For the second, third, and fourth waves, the decision was made to make attrition cumulative, and persons were approached for an interview only if they had been interviewed successfully in a previous wave. The procedure for the last wave was to contact everyone who had participated in the first three waves irrespective of whether they had been interviewed in the fourth wave.
Collection Mode
  • The following variables from the 1981 study (ICPSR 7912) are not included in the panel file: Var003, Var039-Var110, Var226-Var297, Var440-Var511, and Var651-Var796. Also, the Var1001-Var1334 range contains gaps in the numbering of the panel file.

    A significant portion of the documentation is written in Dutch.

    It may be necessary to consult two other codebooks that describe the first four waves of the panel. The first three waves (together constituting the regular 1981 election study) have been completely documented in the codebook for DUTCH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION STUDY, 1981 (ICPSR 7912). The fourth wave has been documented in the form of a separate section in the codebook for DUTCH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION STUDY, 1982 (ICPSR 8121).

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
  • 9272 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09272.v1
  • Eijk, Cornelius van der, Irwin, Galen A., Niemoeller, Broer. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1986. Amsterdam: Steinmetz Archives. 1988.
  • Eijk, Cornelius van der, Koopman, M.J., Niemoeller, Broer. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1982. Amsterdam: CT Press. 1983.
  • Eijk, Cornelius van der, Niemoeller, Broer. Electoral Change in the Netherlands. Amsterdam: CT Press. 1983.

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

van der Eijk, C.; Irwin, G.A.; Niemoeller, B. (1997): Dutch Parliamentary Election Panel Study, 1981-1986. Archival Version. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.