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FSD1042 Follow-up on Parliamentary Elections 1999

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Authors

  • Moring, Tom (University of Helsinki)
  • Gallup Finland
  • "Changes in Finnish TV Election Campaigns" project

Keywords

election campaigns, information sources, local government elections, parliamentary elections, party identification, political allegiance, political support, voting, voting advice applications, voting behaviour

Abstract

The respondents were asked whether they had voted in the 1996 municipal elections and in the 1995 and 1999 parliamentary elections, and which party they had voted for. They were also asked whether they had voted in advance or on the election day in 1999. The survey charted what affected the respondents' choice in the parliamentary elections, and how important certain factual issues were when the respondents made their decisions to vote. Some questions dealt with which had affected the decision more, the party of the candidate or the candidate. The respondents were asked from what sources they had received additional information to support their voting decision, what campaign-related TV-commercials they had seen, and what they thought about the commercials. The respondents were asked whether they had participated in campaign rallies, whether they had visited the websites of the candidates or the parties, and whether they had contacted parties/candidates over the Internet. Furthermore, they were asked if they had used voting advice applications on the Internet. Those who had abstained were asked the reason for abstaining. The respondents were also asked to name a party they would vote if they were forced to do so, or to name the party that would be the least unpleasant choice. Furthermore, they were asked what cabinet coalition would be the best, and whether they were employed at the time of the survey.

Background variables included the respondent's gender, mother tongue, age, marital status, composition, size and income of the household, education, occupation, information on work, trade union membership, social class and place of residence, voting in elections, and position in a left-right scale. Background variables have been updated in August 1998.

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