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Study Number: KB-501-001-2-1-France-ICPSR-1958

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: French election study, 1958.  [machine-readable data file] / Depeux, Georges  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7278

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: The survey sought to ascertain attitudes towards the proposed constitution, referendum vote intention, and the level of political involvement, participation, and information seeking. Personal data and the respondents' political histories were obtained. Questions concerning the respondents' opinions of the most important problem facing France, the state of the nation, General DeGaulle, referendum results, and specific political and economic problems dealing with housing, schools, and the Algerian crisis were also asked. The three panel waves of the national sample spanned the critical period of the establishment of the Fifth Republic. A national referendum was held early in September 1958, on a proposed constitution for the new regime. The vote being positive, a legislative election in two tours was held to select the new Chamber of Deputies late in November 1958. The first wave of the panel was conducted just before the national referendum in September. The second wave, early in November, served as a post-referendum and pre-election measurement. The final wave was conducted after the second tour of the legislative elections. The panel is not a pure panel in the sense of a full re-interviewing of the same set of people at different points in time. Instead, the sample was divided into thirds, with only two of these thirds eligible for interview during any of the three waves. Thus a first third of the respondents was interviewed in September and November, a second third in September and December, and the final third in November and December. 1,650 persons were successfully interviewed, and a considerable majority were interviewed a second time. There was no attempt to interview any respondents in all three waves. The study contains information for 1,650 respondents, weighted to 1,870, 60 cards of data per respondent, and 200 variables. Data were collected by the Institut Francais d'Opinion Publique (IFOP) under the general supervision of Professor Georges Dupeux.

SUBJECT TERMS: economic attitudes and behavior. election studies. political attitudes and behavior. political participation. referenda elections. DeGaulle, Charles. Fifth Republic of France. France.


Converse, Philip E., and Georges Dupeux. ''Politicization of the Electorate in France and the United States,'' in Angus Campbell, et al., Elections and the Political Order. New York: Wiley, 1966. Converse, Philip E., and Georges Dupeux. ''DeGaulle and Eisenhower: The Public Image of the Victorious General,'' in Angus Campbell, et al., Elections and the Political Order. New York: Wiley, 1966. Converse, Philip E. ''The Problem of Party Distances in Models of Voting Change,'' M. Kent Jennings and L. Harmon Zeigler (eds.), The Electoral Process, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1966.

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