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Selects 2003

The Swiss Electoral Study Selects 2003

Selects 2003 was financed by the Federal Chancellery, the Swiss Academy for the Human and Social Sciences SAGW, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Post-election Survey

A national telephone survey was conducted immediately after the October elections, and correspondent contextual data was collected. The survey included 5900 interviews, of which 2000 were from a national representative sample. In addition, the number of interviews was increased to 600 in the cantons of Zurich, Bern, Luzern, Schaffhausen, Aargau, Ticino, Vaud, and Geneva, allowing for the effects of the variety of the electoral systems, parties, as well as differences in the political culture between cantons, to be taken into account in the analysis of electoral behavior. Additional interviews were also conducted to ensure at least 30 respondents in smaller cantons.

Panel Study 1999-2003

In Selects 1999, a panel study was conducted in the cantons of Zurich, Luzern, and Geneva, so as to study the opinion formation processes during the campaign. In 2003, 898 of the 2048 respondents from the national sample of Selects 1999 were interviewed, which permitted, for the first time in Switzerland, to study the stability and change in individual opinion and behavior between elections.

Results of the Selects Project 2003

Results of the 2003 survey, as well as further details about the study, are available in the following publication :

Selb, Peter; Lachat, Romain. 2004. Wahlen 2003. Die Entwicklung des Wahlverhaltens. Swiss Electoral Studies, Vol. 8. Zürich: Institut für Politikwissenschaft, 2004 (DE). (PDF – 1.4 Mb)

Selb, Peter; Lachat, Romain. 2004. Elections 2003. L’évolution du comportement électoral. Swiss Electoral Studies, Vol. 8. Zürich: Institut für Politikwissenschaft, 2004 (FR). (PDF – 602.7 kb)

Selb, Peter; Lachat, Romain. 2004. Elezioni 2003. L’evoluzione del comportamento elettorale. Swiss Electoral Studies, Vol. 8. Zürich: Institut für Politikwissenschaft, 2004 (IT). (PDF – 2.7 Mb)

Selects 2003 – Data and Documentation

Post-election Survey

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Download Questionnaires (d/f/i) (Zip – 539.1 kb)

Download Codebook (de) (PDF – 7.3 Mb)

Download Codebook (fr) (Zip – 797.3 kb)

Panel Study 1999-2003

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Download Questionnaires (d/f/i) (Zip – 139.2 kb)

Download Documentation (d) (Word – 49 kb)

Media Analysis

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Comparative Study of Electoral Systems

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