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The 2017 French Election Study (FES 2017): a post-electoral cross-sectional survey


This article describes a post-electoral cross-sectional survey conducted after the French presidential election of 2017. The French Election Study consists in a national representative sample of 1830 people, who were interviewed face-to-face in the days following the second round. The paper introduces the questionnaire and the methodology used. Data quality is also discussed in comparison with previous French cross-sectional presidential election studies.

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    A number of projects have also collected opinion data for the 2017 presidential election. For the project we are aware of, CEVIPOF has fielded a massive online panel covering almost 2 years (from November 2015 to July 2017, see; the long-term panel Dynamob (Electoral choices and political values: 2013–2017) has also included systematic questions before and after the election ( The Comparative National Election Project (CNEP) fielded a specific survey as well (

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    A team of about 20 researchers has been associated with the project. We especially thank Abdelkarim Amengay, Bruno Cautrès, Mirjam Dageforde, Anja Durovic, Romain Lachat, Nonna Mayer, Florence Nocca, Jan Rovny (from Sciences Po Paris), Viviane Lehay and Vincent Tiberj (from Sciences Po Bordeaux), Chloé Alexandre, Sandrine Astor, Céline Belot, Pierre Bréchon, Frédéric Gonthier, Cal Le Gall, Raul Magni-Berton, Corentin Poyet, Max-Valentin Robert, Sonja Zmerli (from Sciences Po Grenoble), Camille Bedock (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Charlotte Dolez (Université Catholique de Louvain), Filip Kostelka (Université de Montréal) for the invaluable contribution to the project they provided.

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    Continental France is the national territory except for overseas territories and Corsica. These territories are usually excluded from face-to-face surveys for cost reasons. Metropolitan France only excludes overseas territories.

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    See Sauger (2008) for a discussion of these aspects in the context of quota sampling.


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We thank all our colleagues from Sciences Po Paris, Sciences Po Grenoble, Sciences Po Bordeaux and elsewhere for their participation in the project. We also thank Sciences Po Paris, Université Grenoble Alpes, LIEPP (ANR-11-LABX-0091, ANR-11-IDEX-0005-02) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (Grant No. 2014S1A3A2044032) for their financial support.

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Gougou, F., Sauger, N. The 2017 French Election Study (FES 2017): a post-electoral cross-sectional survey. Fr Polit 15, 360–370 (2017).

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  • French elections
  • Election studies
  • Data quality
  • Sampling
  • Turnout overreporting