Welcome to the 2019 Canadian Election Study

Welcome to the 2019 Canadian Election Study

Voting and elections are the most basic elements of democracy. Since 1965, the understanding of electoral democracy in Canada has been greatly enhanced by the Canadian Election Study, a large-scale survey of citizens conducted each election year.

Throughout its long history, the CES has been a rich source of data on Canadians' political behaviour and attitudes, measuring preferences on key political issues such as free trade with the US, social spending and Quebec’s place in Canada; political actors, such as parties, party leaders and the government; and social concerns, such as women’s place in the home, support for immigration, and attitudes toward gays and lesbians; as well as political preferences and engagement. These data provide an unparalleled snapshot and record of Canadian society and political life.

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Canadian Election Study, led by Laura Stephenson, Allison Harell, Daniel Rubenson and Peter Loewen. This version of the CES continues the rich legacy of five decades of research while also introducing innovation in scale, methods and design.

If you are looking for past datasets, please visit the Canadian Opinion Research Archive or the 2015 CES team website.


Buy space on the 2019 CES

The 2019 Canadian Election Study will include a rolling cross-section survey of ~40,000 individuals across the country. Our sample will be nationally representative and large enough for meaningful subgroup and constituency-level analysis.

Following the model of cooperative studies pioneered in the United States and the United Kingdom and the Local Parliament Project in Canada in 2015, we are offering academics and other interested groups the opportunity to buy space on the survey.

Partners can request up to 5000 respondents. Sampling can be targeted both geographically and temporally. Partners' modules can vary from 1-5 minutes in length.

In addition to their modules, partners will receive respondents’ demographics, standard political variables and survey weights. Programming of modules is included.

Our survey will be fielded online, using commercial survey panels.