Voter study 1999

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Research Design

The voter study was funded by the Dutch NWO, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Mannheim, Trinity College, Hartford, and others.

The European Election Study 1999 is a sample survey of the electorates of the member states of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It focuses in particular on the direct elections to the European Parliament, which were conducted in June 1999, and was fielded immediately following these elections.Unlike previous studies, this one was not added as additional questions to an existing Eurobarometer study. Instead, a telephone survey of voters in each of the 15 member countries of the EU was conducted, with sample sizes roughly proportional to population (minimum sample size 300). Sample size in the United Kingdom was approximately 1,300, of which approximately 300 interviews were conducted in Northern Ireland. The total number of interviews conducted amounts to approximately 13,500.

The questionnaires for the study were identical in the various member states, apart from minor but unavoidable differences generated by differences in party names and country-specific institutions. A large number of questions were identical to those used in 1989, and 1994, thus permitting over-time comparisons of voter behavior in the 1989, 1994, 1999 elections.

The selection of topics and questions includes: electoral behavior including questions on party choices, past voting behavior, voting behavior at the national level, party preferences, and propensity to support particular parties; general political attitudes and behavior based on a question of interest in politics, campaign, most important problems, attitudes regarding EU, left-right self-placement, placement of parties; background characteristics including gender, age, education, religion, media consumption.

How to cite this data: Eijk, C. van der, Franklin, M., Schoenbach, K., Schmitt, H. , Semetko, H. , with:, Brug, W. van der , Holmberg, S. , Mannheimer, R., Marsh, M., Thomassen, J., Wessels, B., International Research Group “European Election Studies”, IPSOS, Hamburg, Germany (primary investigator) (): European Election Study – 1999 . DANS.

For a European Election Study (EES) Trend File covering the voter studies from 1989 to 2004 see also the website of Michael Marsh and Slava Mikhaylov at Trinity College Dublin.



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