Many questions asked in the CES are about parties, politicians and attitudes. During election periods, these attitudes are likely clearer and shaped by the need to decide for whom to vote. We do not know how or whether attitudes towards political institutions change in the inter-election period, or when change that is observed from one election to the next occurs.
The CES will include "Democracy Checkups" in order to address these challenges. These data collection efforts in non-election years will have two online study components: A large non-probability sample of Canadians and a smaller, random-digit-dial-recruited internet sample.
Democracy Checkup surveys will include core CES questions as well as provide an opportunity for the academic community to purchase question modules.