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FSD1032 Finnish Voter Barometer August-September 1996

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  • Gallup Finland

Keywords

European Parliament elections, European Union, elections, local government elections, parliamentary elections, political advertising, political attitudes, political behaviour, political campaigns, political parties, referendums, voting

Abstract

The survey studied public opinion on major political parties in Finland. The respondents were asked how favourably or negatively the view the Centre Party of Finland, the Finnish Social Democratic Party, the National Coalition Party, the Left Alliance and the Green League. A number of attributes and characteristics were listed and the respondents were asked to which party they could be applied. Opinions on government performance and the significance of the party leader to the party were assessed. There were several questions about voting behaviour. The respondents were asked for what party or group they would vote, and why, if the elections were held at that time. It was also asked if the respondents intended to vote in the municipal elections and European Parliamentary elections in October and for whom they would vote if the elections were held at that time. The respondents' voting behaviour in the 1994 referendum on Finland's EU membership was charted. A number of questions covered opinions on political advertising. In addition, the respondents were asked whether they did the shopping and cooking in the household.

Background variables included, among others, the respondent's gender, year of birth, marital status, age of the children, gross annual income, municipality type, province of residence, basic and vocational education, economic activity, ownership of consumer durables, industry of employment, employer type, trade union membership, mother tongue, which party R voted for in the 1995 parliamentary elections, social class, and self-placement on the left-right axis.

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