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European Elections Survey, 1979

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SN: 1484
Title: European Elections Survey, 1979
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-1484-1
Depositor: Ploman, E.W., International Institute of Communications
Principal investigator(s): Blumler, J.G.
Fox, A.D.
International Institute of Communications
Data collector(s): Social Surveys (Gallup Poll) Limited
Dimarso (Brussels)
Gallup Markedsanalyse (Copenhagen)
Institut Francais d'Opinion Publique
Emnid-Institut (Bielefeld)
Irish Marketing Surveys (Dublin)
Doxa (Milan)
NIPO (Amsterdam)
Sponsor(s): Commission of the European Communities
Dutch National Committee for Direct Elections to the European Parliament
Nuffield Foundation
Radiotelevisione Italiana
Danish Social Science Research Council
Westdeutsher Rundfunk
Other acknowledgements: Directors of the enquiry were:
Professor Jay Blumler, Great Britain, and overall co-ordinating director
Professor Gabriel Thoveron, Belgium
Professor Steen Sauerberg, Denmark
Professor Roland Cayrol, France
Professor Winfried Schulz, Germany
Dr Mary Kelly, Ireland
Professor Giovanni Bechelloni, Italy
Professor Denis McQuail, Netherlands
International Institute of Communications


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Blumler, J.G., Fox, A.D., International Institute of Communications. European Elections Survey, 1979. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 1484,

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Subject Categories

Election and campaign studies - Politics
Mass media - Media, communication and language
Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics


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The survey was designed to record reactions to the first direct elections to the European Parliament, across the European Community. It forms part of an international study conducted through the International Institute of Communications on the role of broadcasting in those elections.
Main Topics:
The survey focused on 6 areas of questioning.
(I)To what extent were people interested and involved? Did they follow the campaign? Did they recognise issues? Vote?
(II)Through which channels of communication did they follow the campaign?
(III)How was campaign coverage evaluated?
(IV)Did an issue agenda emerge? Was it common to all EC member states?
(V)How did people vote? What influenced their choices? Were the influences 'European' or 'Domestic?'
(VI)What was the relationship between responses to the election and opinions on the EC? How was the importance and relevance of the E. Parliament evaluated?

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: June 1979
Country: Belgium | Denmark | France | German Federal Republic | Great Britain | Ireland | Italy | Multi-nation | Netherlands | Western Europe
Spatial units: No information recorded
Observation units: Individuals
Universe: Cross-national
Belgian electors
Danish electors
Dutch electors
French electors
German electors
Irish electors
Italian electors
Electorates of Belgium, Denmark, France, German F.R., Great Britain, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study; Longitudinal/panel/cohort
German sample was 3rd wave of a 3 wave panel study
Sampling procedures: Quota sample
all countries except German Federal Republic. The original sample for the German panel study was stratified random.
Number of units: 8000 (target) 8114 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: No information recorded

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Date of release:
First edition: 01 January 1981
Copyright: No information recorded
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By principal investigator(s):
Blumler, J.G. and Fox, A.D., (1980) `The involvement of voters in the European Elections, 1979 : its extent and sources' European Journal of Political Research, Vol.8, pp.359-385.

  • Blumler, J. G. (1983) Communicating to voters : television in the first European Parliamentary Elections, London: Sage.

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