Comparative data set

CCS is conducted in modules that are in the field about 5 years. Module I, which was in the field between 2005 and 2013, was conducted in 36 elections. The current dataset includes data from 32 elections and 24 countries. The comparative dataset is produced by FORS in collaboration with the MZES.

The dataset includes the following variables:

Technical variables: country; year of election; start/duration of fieldwork; constituency; mode of survey administration.

Political background and activities: party for which the respondent stood as a candidate; year in which the candidate joined this party; member of another party; which other party the candidate has previously been a member; respondant stood as a candidate/was elected in most/2nd most/3rd most/4th most/5th most/earlier than the 5th most recent national election; employed in a State of Federal MP's or minister's office; employed by the party; member of association; number of years local party office/regional party office/national party office; years served as mayor; years served as member of local/regional/national government; years served as member of a local/regional assembly; years served as member of the national/European parliament; respondant lives in the constituency; for how many years; hours devoted to party activities in an average month.

Campaign of the candidate: how long before the election did the candidate begin to organise the campaign/start campaigning full-time; contestation of the nomination; decision about the nomination (who, at what level); hours devoted to campaigning during the last month ahead of the election; importance of various campaign activities/campaign means; primary aim of campaign; campaign budget; contribution by the party/from donations/from own private funds.

Issues and policies: most important problem of country today; left-right scale: own views/location of party; opinion on European unification; satisfaction with the way democracy works in the EU; further countries which should be admitted.

Democracy and representation: satisfaction with the way democracy works in the country; how well elections ensure that the views of MPs accurately reflect the views of voters; who should an MP represent in parliament.

Background of the candidate: gender; year of birth; country of birth; subjective size of town; objective size of residential community; number of years respondent has been living there; level of education; discipline; current/previous employment status; current/previous occupation; frequency of church attendance; denomination; marital status; number of children in care; dependent adults in care; ethnic background; constituency number; meaning of the terms "left" and "right".

Data from the CCS are available on the online system FORSbase. If you are not already registered with FORSbase, click here to register. After logging in and arriving at the CCS catalog page, click on the tab “dataset”, and then click on “download data”. After submitting your application, your request will need to be approved first by the CCS data access committee (usually 1-2 business days). Once approved, you will be able to access the data immediately within FORSbase. Please do not hesitate to contact dataservice@fors.unil.ch if you have any questions or remarks.