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Canadian National Election Study, 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Johnston, Richard, et al. (York University (Canada). Institute for Social Research)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Canadian National Elections Study (CNES) Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)
Free Keywords
campaign issues; candidates; economic conditions; elections; national elections; political campaigns; political participation; political parties; public opinion; voter attitudes; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This collection, containing information on the voting behavior and political attitudes of Canadians, consists of three waves of data gathered before and after the 1988 Canadian national election. The first wave, conducted by telephone in October and November 1988 before the November 21st election, focused on respondents' interest in the election, perceptions of the media, voting intentions, attitudes toward policy and campaign issues, assessments of government performance, and ratings of leaders, parties, and candidates. Other items included respondents' sociodemographic and economic characteristics, as well as party, candidate, and constituency identification. The second wave, conducted by telephone after the election from November 1988 through January 1989, contained some of the same items covered in the first wave but also included questions on voting behavior, campaign activities, and groups in Canadian society, along with a special battery on free trade. The third wave, conducted by mail from December 1988 through March 1989, explored fiscal priorities, the economy, policy issues, changes to Canadian society, political efficacy, societal goals, capitalist values, rights and liberties, and conceptions of community.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Canadian National Election Study, 1988
    • DS2: June 1991 Errata
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-10 / 1989-03
    Time period: 1988-10--1989-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Canada
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Canadian citizens, 18 years of age or older, resident in one of the provinces (excluding the Yukon and Northwest Territories).
Probability sample by random digit dialing stratified by province. There was an official-language minority oversample for exchanges in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. Selection within household was by last birthday.
Funding insitution(s): Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) (411-88-0030).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9386 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09386.v1
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Johnston, Richard, et al. (1990): Canadian National Election Study, 1988. Archival Version. Canadian National Elections Study (CNES) Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.