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Political Support in Canada, 1983-1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Clarke, Harold D.
  • Kornberg, Allan
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
Canadian Parliament; elections; government performance; political attitudes; political issues; political parties; public opinion; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this data collection was to study the distribution, causes, and consequences of public support for Canada's national political authorities, regime, and community. Major areas of investigation include political attitudes, electoral behavior, conventional and unconventional forms of political behavior, evaluations of government performance (economy and other policy areas), and judgments of the equity and fairness of the political system. The surveys included in the collection have cross-sectional and panel components which permit the study of the dynamics of Canadian political attitudes and behavior. Specific variables for Part 1, 1988 National Pre-Election Survey Raw Data, include respondents' party affiliation, voting history, language, and cultural group affiliation, as well as opinions on the free trade agreement, the most important issue in the election, and which leaders were most impressive in the debates. Variables in Part 2, 1988 Post-Election Survey and 1988 Pre-Post Election Panel Survey Raw Data, cover respondents' opinions on free trade, civil service, taxes, trusting federal officials, and protection of the environment. For Part 3, 1983 National Cross-Sectional Survey Raw Data, information is provided on topics such as the respondents' involvement in the campaign, opinions on the effectiveness of the judicial system, Parliament, and taxation policies, and views on the importance of the welfare system, the armed forces, and employment opportunities. Data in Part 4, 1984 National Cross-Sectional Survey and 1983-1984 National Panel Survey Raw Data, cover respondents' views on the most important election issue for them as opposed to the most important issue for the candidates. All files offer demographic information as well, including age, race, sex, religious affiliation, education, occupation, employment status, and income level.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1988 National Pre-Election Survey Raw Data
    • DS2: 1988 Post-Election Survey and 1988 Pre-Post Election Panel Survey Raw Data
    • DS3: 1983 National Cross-Sectional Survey Raw Data
    • DS4: 1984 National Cross-Sectional Survey and 1983-1984 National Panel Survey Raw Data
    • DS5: 1988 National Pre-Election Survey SPSS Export File
    • DS6: 1988 Post-Election Survey and 1988 Pre-Post Election Panel Survey SPSS Export File
    • DS7: 1983 National Cross-Sectional Survey SPSS Export File
    • DS8: 1984 National Cross-Sectional Survey and 1983-1984 National Panel Survey SPSS Export File
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983 / 1988
    Time period: 1983--1988
Geographic Coverage
  • Canada
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Canadian electorate (persons 18 years of age and older).
Stratified random national samples, with oversampling in smaller provinces.
2006-01-18 File CB9874.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SES 831-1077 and SES 882-1628).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9874 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Stewart, Marianne C., Clarke, Harold D.. The dynamics of party identification in federal systems: The Canadian case. American Journal of Political Science.42, (18), 97-116.1998.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Clarke, Harold D., Kornberg, Allan. Risky Business: Partisan Volatility and Electoral Choice in Canada, 1988. Electoral Studies.11, (2), 138-156.1992.
    • ID: 10.1016/0261-3794(92)90035-5 (DOI)
  • Clarke, Harold D., Kornberg. Allan. Do national elections affect perceptions of MP responsiveness? A note on the Canadian case. Legislative Studies Quarterly.17, (2), 183-204.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Kornberg, Allan, Clarke, Harold D.. Citizens and Community: Political Support in a Representative Democracy. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1992.
  • Stewart, Marianne C., Kornberg, Allan, Clarke, Harold D., Acock, Alan. Arenas and attitudes: A note on political efficacy in a federal system. Journal of Politics.54, (1), 179-196.1992.
  • Holman, Robert C., Stehr-Green, Jeanette K., Zelasky, Michael T.. Necrotizing enterocolitis mortality in the United States, 1979-85. American Journal of Public Health.79, (8), 987-989.1989.
    • ID: 10.2105/AJPH.79.8.987 (DOI)

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

Clarke, Harold D.; Kornberg, Allan (1993): Political Support in Canada, 1983-1988. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.