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Study Report

Study Number: KB-524-001-1-1-Canada-ELECA-2002

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: Elections Canada 2002 survey of voters and non-voters.  [machine-readable data file] / Pammett, Jon H.  [principal investigator(s)] / Elections Canada  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 10/27/2003

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: The data file exists in three formats: Microsoft Excel, SPSS SAV and SPSS POR. DPLS staff downloaded this study from Elections Canada web site and saved it on a CD-ROM. Users of this survey dataset should be aware of this disclaimer put out by Elections Canada: "Elections Canada's ownership of the database should be acknowledged in any publications resulting from its use; however, Elections Canada is not responsible for any conclusions that may be drawn from the data."

Access Status: Access limited to UW Campus

Date Ordered: 10/27/2003

Documentation: Questionnaire and methodology report are in PDF file. A published report, Explaining the turnout decline in Canadian federal ections: a new survey of non-voters, based on this survey is available from Elections Canada's web site.

Abstract: This survey of Canadians was carried out in April 2002 by Decima Research. The sample design included a short screening interview with a large number of Canadians (5,637) and a longer interview with 960 reported voters in the 2000 federal election and 960 reported non-voters in that election. Interviews were thus obtained with a much larger group of non-voters than is customary in election-related surveys of the Canadian public, allowing a detailed examination of their reasons for not voting. This survey examines many important attitudinal and behavioural factors in voting/not voting include: feelings of inefficacy; civic duty and political interest; and perception of the effectiveness of the vote. It also investigated (1) the political attitudes of youth; (2) the possible improvement in the voting rate that might be produced by use of the Internet for adding to and updating the National Register of Electors, and/or for voting itself and (3) the personal and administrative factors behind not voting.

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