Canadian Census and Election Data, 1908-1968

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, census/enumeration data, survey data
  • Blake, Donald E.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
census data; election returns; elections; national elections; political attitudes; political parties; voters; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains seven files of Canadian census and election data, each corresponding to a particular electoral period when the number of constituencies was fixed. The data files include returns from the federal elections of 1908 and 1911 and data from the 1911 Census (Part 1), the elections of 1917 and 1921 and the 1921 Census (Part 2), the elections of 1925, 1926, and 1930 (Part 3), the elections of 1935, 1940, and 1945 (Part 4), the election of 1949 and the 1951 Census (Part 5), the elections of 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, and 1965 and the 1961 Census (Part 6), and the election of 1968 (Part 7). The election data include information on the total valid vote cast and the percentage of the total vote received by each of the major parties, including the Conservative, Liberal, Socialist, Labor, Independent, Progressive, CCF, Social Credit, NDP, and Creditiste parties, as well as a total for all other parties. The census data provide demographic information on religion, including Anglican, Baptist, Jewish, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, United Church, and other denominational sects, and ethnic origin, including British, French, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Russian, Polish, Asiatic, Native, and others, as well as information on age, education, occupation, and income from the 1961 Census.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1911 Census, 1908 and 1911 Elections Data
    • DS2: 1921 Census, 1917 and 1921 Elections Data
    • DS3: 1925, 1926, and 1930 Elections Data
    • DS4: 1935, 1940, and 1945 Elections Data
    • DS5: 1951 Census and 1949 Election Data
    • DS6: 1961 Census, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, and 1965 Elections Data
    • DS7: 1968 Election
Temporal Coverage
  • 1908 / 1968
    Time period: 1908--1968
Geographic Coverage
  • Canada
  • Global
2011-08-11 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 8 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 39 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR00039.v2
  • Blake, Donald E.. The measurement of regionalism in Canadian voting patterns. Canadian Journal of Political Science.5, 55-81.1972.
    • ID: 10.1017/S0008423900027359 (DOI)
  • Blake, Donald Edward. Regionalism in Canadian Voting Behaviour, 1908-1968. Dissertation, Yale University. 1972.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30