A study of voting behaviour in an exceptional context: the 2017 Catalan election study

  • Eric GuntermannEmail author
  • André Blais
  • Ignacio Lago
  • Marc Guinjoan
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The Making Electoral Democracy Work project conducted a unique survey prior to the election held on 21 December 2017 in exceptional circumstances in Catalonia. In spite of a series of major events in fall 2017, overall election results were similar to those of the previous regional election, held in 2015. In addition to standard demographic, attitudinal, and vote choice questions, the survey included novel questions on identity, support for independence, perceptions of corruption, and acceptance of the result by losers. The data will be particularly useful to scholars seeking to assess the impact of long- and short-term factors on vote choice in such unusual circumstances, the crystallisation of public opinion, and voters’ willingness to accept that their side lost the election.


Catalonia Election study Independence Voting behaviour 



This work was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Grant No. 412-009-1004). The authors acknowledge the invaluable contribution of Ruth Dassonneville to question wording.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric Guntermann
    • 1
    Email author
  • André Blais
    • 1
  • Ignacio Lago
    • 2
  • Marc Guinjoan
    • 3
  1. 1.Département de science politiqueUniversité de MontréalMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Universitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Department of Political Science and Public LawUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaCerdanyola del VallèsSpain

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