Voter Study 2014

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Research Design

The EES 2014 Voters Study was realised in co-operation with the European Parliament and funded by a consortium of private foundations under the leadership of Volkswagen Foundation (the other partners are: Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Stiftung Mercator, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian) and benefited from the generous support of TNS Opinion.

The 2014 EES Voter Study, First Post-Election Survey consists of an EU-wide survey which was carried out jointly with the post-electoral survey commissioned by the European Parliament (EP). The sample size is roughly 1,100 interviews in each EU member state. The exceptions are Malta and Luxembourg where the sample size is 500 and the United Kingdom where the sample is approximately 1300, of which approximately 300 interviews were conducted in Northern Ireland. Data collection was done via CAPI. The total sample size is approximately 30000.

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. With the exception of the recurrent EES items, for which the question wording was provided by the EES team, the translation process was carried out centrally by TNS Opinion. A large number of questions were identical to those used in the 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004  and 2009 study, thus permitting over-time comparisons of voter behavior in between the 1989 and 2014 elections.

Together with the EP component, the post-electoral survey consists of approximately 250 items. The core of the questionnaire is similar to the 2009 Voter Study. It includes  electoral behaviour including questions on party choices, past voting behavior, voting behaviour at the national level, party preferences, and propensity to support particular parties; general political attitudes and behaviour 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. Unfortunately, due to the limited funding, the questionnaire will not include all the items featured in the 2009 Voter Study. Note that the QP items are commissioned by the EP, while the QPP items are commissioned by the EES.

The main innovations consist of a focus on the effects of the economic crisis, the inclusion of a battery inquiring about the candidates for President of the next European Commission and a new wording of the issues questions and the possibility to link the EES Study 2014 with the 2014 Chapel Hill Expert Survey.

How to cite this data: Schmitt, Hermann; Hobolt, Sara B.; Popa, Sebastian A.; Teperoglou, Eftichia; European Parliament, Directorate-General for Communication, Public Monitoring Unit (2016): European Parliament Election Study 2014, Voter Study, First Post-Election Survey. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5160 Data file Version 4.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.12628

Questionnaire

UK questionnaire

Release notes

GESIS Data Archive

The data and extensive documentation of the 2014 EES Voter Study, First Post-Election (fourth release) are available at the Cologne-based GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences

Supplementary Study

A Supplementary Study of 2014 EES Voter Study, was fielded in March 2015 with the purpose to partially remedy for the mistake that appeared in the question wording of qpp19 in the EES 2014 Voter Study, First Post-Election Survey. Therefore both the original wording (qpp19a) and the modified question (qpp19b) wording, together with a number of other items tapping into both general political attitudes and specific attitude towards the EU,were included in the study. The original question wording (qpp19a) and the modified question wording (qpp19b) were both randomly assigned to 66% of the sample so that 33% of the entire sample answered both the original and modified question wordings.

The sample size is roughly 1,000 interviews in each EU member state. The exceptions are Malta and Luxembourg where the sample size is 500 and the United Kingdom where the sample is approximately 1300, of which approximately 300 interviews are to be conducted in Northern Ireland. Data collection is done via CAPI. The total sample size is approximately 28,000.

How to cite this data: Schmitt, Hermann; Popa, Sebastian Adrian; Devinger, Felix (2015): European Parliament Election Study 2014, Voter Study, SVoter Study, Supplementary Study. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5161 Data file Version 1.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.5161

GESIS Data Archive

The data and extensive documentation of the 2014 EES Voter Study, First Post-Election (second release) are available at the Cologne-based GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences

Questionnaire

UK questionnaire

Release notes