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Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1981

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • van der Eijk, C.
  • Niemoeller, B.
  • Eggen, A. Th. J.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research
  • University of Amsterdam. Department of Political Science
Free Keywords
abortion; armaments; crime; domestic policy; Dutch Parliament; government performance; national politics; national security; nuclear energy; parliamentary elections; political affiliation; political attitudes; political awareness; political campaigns; political efficacy; political participation; pollution; public opinion; social problems; social protest; trust in government; unemployment; voting behavior; womens rights
  • Abstract

    This study contains electoral data on the political attitudes and behavior of 2,305 Dutch voters in 1981. The fifth in a series of national election studies in the Netherlands, this study was conducted as a three-wave panel focusing on the effects of campaigns and elections on the political attitudes, information systems, opinions, and preferences of the Dutch electorate. Items explored respondents' political knowledge, interest, and participation, as well as their positions on such issues as abortion, women's emancipation, nuclear energy and armaments, differences in income, crime, unemployment, and pollution. Also probed were respondents' perceptions and evaluations of the Dutch political parties, national problems of importance to them, and their satisfaction with the government, as well as their views of the legitimacy of social protest and government reactions, political distrust and cynicism, and religion and society. The first wave, gathered a few months before the start of the election campaign (January-February 1981), includes demographic information on respondents such as age, sex, marital status, occupation, political party identification and membership, membership in labor unions and other organizations, civic participation, education, social class, and religion. The second wave was gathered during the election campaign (April-May 1981), and the third wave was gathered immediately following the election of May 26, 1981 (May-June 1981).
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted and there are no weight variables in the data.
  • 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: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1981
  • 1981-01 / 1981-06
    Collection date: 1981-01--1981-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Europe
  • Global
  • Netherlands
Sampled Universe
Smallest Geographic Unit: province
A total of 2,305 eligible voters in households in the Netherlands in 1981. Of the 2,305 respondents interviewed in Wave I, 1,812 were reinterviewed in Wave 2, and 1,620 of those were reinterviewed in Wave 3.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview, self-enumerated questionnaire

    Conducted by Dutch Inter-university Election Study Workgroup (NKO), Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

2015-06-05 The SPSS setup files were updated to conform to current standards. SAS and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a R data file, a tab-delimited data file, and a PDF codebook have been added to the collection. Funding insitution(s): Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research (43-108). University of Amsterdam. Department of Political Science.
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
  • 7912 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07912.v2
  • Middendorp, C.P., Luyten, J.W., Dooms, R.. Issue-voting in the Netherlands: Two-dimensional issue-distances between own position and perceived party position as determinants of the vote. Acta Politica.28, (1), 39-59.1993.
  • Richardson, Bradley M.. European party loyalties revisited. American Political Science Review.85, (3), 751-775.1991.
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  • Deth, Jan W. van. Ranking the ratings: The case of materialist and post-materialist value orientations. Political Methodology.9, (4), 407-432.1983.

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

van der Eijk, C.; Niemoeller, B.; Eggen, A. Th. J. (1985): Dutch Parliamentary Election Study, 1981. Version 1. Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.