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When Citizens DecideLessons from Citizen Assemblies on Electoral Reform$

Patrick Fournier, Henk van der Kolk, R. Kenneth Carty, André Blais, and Jonathan Rose

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567843

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567843.001.0001

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(p.166) Appendix 3: Question Labels, Wordings, and Codings for Chapter 7 (British Columbia/the Netherlands/Ontario)

(p.166) Appendix 3: Question Labels, Wordings, and Codings for Chapter 7 (British Columbia/the Netherlands/Ontario)

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When Citizens Decide
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Political involvement (0–100):

  • How interested in politics do you feel? [w1_c1, w12_c1/V002, V503/DS1.C1, DS4.C1]

(100 if very interested; 0 if not interested)

  • How much attention do you usually pay to news about politics: a lot, somewhat, a little, or none? [w1_e8, w12_e8/V001, V502/DS1.E8, DS4.E10]

(100 if a lot; 67 if somewhat; 33 if a little; 0 if none)

  • When there is domestic news in the newspaper, for example, about problems in the government, how often do you read that: nearly always, often, now and then, seldom, or never? [V004, V505]

(100 if nearly always; 75 if often; 50 if now and then; 25 if seldom; 0 if never)

  • How informed about politics do you feel? [w1_c2, w12_c2/V003, V504/DS1.C2, DS4.C2]

(100 if very informed; 0 if not informed)

Self-confidence (0–100):

  • I feel nervous when I speak in front of a group. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_k13, w12_k13/V080, V567/DS1.J13, DS4.J13]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

  • In general, I am a shy person. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_k3, W12_k3/DS1.J3, DS4.J3]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

(p.167)

  • I am not able to do things as well as most other people. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_k5, w12_k5/DS1.J5, DS4.J5]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

  • I am well qualified to play an active role in politics. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [V225, V568]

(100 if strongly agree; 67 if somewhat agree; 33 if somewhat disagree; 0 if strongly disagree)

Opinions about politics, politicians (0–100):

  • Those elected soon lose touch with the people. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_a6, w1_a5/V036, V523/DS1.A6, DS4.A6]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

  • Politicians are ready to lie to get elected. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_a9, w12_a8/V025, V517/DS1.A9, DS4.A9]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

  • On the whole, would you say that politicians are more honest, less honest, or about as honest as the average person? [w1_b5, w12_b5/V024, V516/DS1.B4, DS4.B4]

(100 if more or as honest; 0 if less honest)

  • MPs do not care about opinions of people like me. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [V032, V521]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

  • On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means very selfish and 10 means very unselfish, where would you place elected officials? [w1_g1_b, w12_g1_b/V083, V570/DS1.G2, DS4.G2]

(100 if very unselfish; 0 if very selfish)

  • On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means very unintelligent and 10 means very intelligent, where would you place elected officials? [w1_g2_b, w12_g2_b/V085, V572/DS1.G4, DS4.G4]

(p.168) (100 if very intelligent; 0 if very unintelligent)

  • On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means very uninformed and 10 means very informed, where would you place elected officials? [w1_g3_b, w12_g3_b/V087, V574/DS1.G6, DS4.G6]

(100 if very informed; 0 if very uninformed)

Opinions about politics, political parties (0–100):

  • Without political parties, there can’t be true democracy. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_a1, w12_a1/V012, V507/DS1.A1, DS4.A1]

(100 if strongly agree; 67 if somewhat agree; 33 if somewhat disagree; 0 if strongly disagree)

  • How good a job do political parties generally do in presenting clear choices on the issues: a very good job, quite a good job, not a very good job, or not a good job at all? [w1_b1, w12_b1/V020, V513/DS1.B1, DS4.B1]

(100 if a very good job; 67 if quite a good job; 33 if not a very good job; 0 if not a good job at all)

  • How good a job do political parties [in this country] generally do in finding solutions to important problems: a very good job, quite a good job, not a very good job, or not a good job at all? [w1_b2, w12_b2/V021, V514/DS1.B2, DS4.B2]

(100 if a very good job; 67 if quite a good job; 33 if not a very good job; 0 if not a good job at all)

  • How good a job do political parties [in this country] generally do in expressing the concerns of ordinary people: a very good job, quite a good job, not a very good job, or not a good job at all? [w1_b3, w12_b3/V522, V515/DS1.B3, DS4.B3]

(100 if a very good job; 67 if quite a good job; 33 if not a very good job; 0 if not a good job at all)

  • All parties are basically the same, there isn’t really a choice. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_a13, w12_a13/V029, V519/DS1.A13, DS4.A13]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

Opinions about politics, government (0–100):

(p.169)

  • I don’t think the government cares much what people like me think. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_a3, w12_a3/V014, V509/DS1.A3, DS4.A3]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

Opinions about politics, democracy (0–100):

  • On the whole, how satisfied are you with the way democracy works in British Columbia/the Netherlands/Ontario: very satisfied, fairly satisfied, not very satisfied, or not satisfied at all? [w1_e1, w12_e1/V011, V506/DS1.E1, DS4.E1]

(100 if very satisfied; 67 if somewhat satisfied; 33 if not very satisfied; 0 if not satisfied at all)

Duty and trust (0–100):

  • It is the duty of every citizen to stay informed about what is going on in British Columbia/Ontario. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_d2, w12_d2/DS1.D2, DS4.D2]

(100 if strongly agree; 67 if somewhat agree; 33 if somewhat disagree; 0 if strongly disagree)

  • It is the duty of every citizen to vote in every election. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_f2, w12_f2/V071, V558/DS1.F2, DS4.F2]

(100 if strongly agree; 67 if somewhat agree; 33 if somewhat disagree; 0 if strongly disagree)

  • Do you think that most people would take advantage of you if they got the chance, or would they try to be fair? [w1_j4, w12_j1/DS1.I4, DS4.I1]

(100 if they would try to be fair; 0 if they would take advantage of you)

  • Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted, or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people? [w1_j8, w12_j5/V076, V563/DS1.I8, DS4.I5]

(100 if most people can be trusted; 0 if you can’t be too careful)

People and populism (0–100):

  • On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means very selfish and 10 means very unselfish, where would you place people in general? [w1_g1_a, w12_g1_a/V082, V569/DS1.G1, DS4.G1]

(p.170) (100 if very unselfish; 0 if very selfish)

  • On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means very unintelligent and 10 means very intelligent, where would you place people in general? [w1_g2_a, w12_g2_a/V084, V571/DS1.G3, DS4.G3]

(100 if very intelligent; 0 if very unintelligent)

  • On a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means very uninformed and 10 means very informed, where would you place people in general? [w1_g3_a, w12_g3_a/V086, V573/DS1.G5, DS4.G5]

(100 if very informed; 0 if very uninformed)

  • Most people have enough sense to tell whether a government is doing a good job. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_d8, w12_d8/DS1.D8, DS4.D8]

(100 if strongly agree; 67 if somewhat agree; 33 if somewhat disagree; 0 if strongly disagree)

  • The major issues of the day are too complicated for most voters. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_f1, w12_f1/V070, V557/DS1.F1, DS4.F1]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

  • We would probably solve most of our big problems if decisions could be brought back to the people at the grass roots. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_f8, w12_f8/V074, V561/DS1.F8, DS4.F8]

(100 if strongly agree; 67 if somewhat agree; 33 if somewhat disagree; 0 if strongly disagree)

  • I’d rather put my faith in down-to-earth thinking of ordinary people than the theories of experts and intellectuals. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_f4, w12_f4/V072, V559/DS1.F4, DS4.F4]

(100 if strongly agree; 67 if somewhat agree; 33 if somewhat disagree; 0 if strongly disagree)

Authoritarian values (0–100):

(p.171)

  • For most questions there is only one right answer. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_d4, w12_d4/DS1.D4, DS4.D4]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

  • Most of the ideas which get printed nowadays aren’t worth the paper they are printed on. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_d6, w12_d6/DS1.D6, DS4.D6]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

  • Many problems have more than one acceptable solution. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_f3, w12_f3/DS1.F3, DS4.F3]

(100 if strongly agree; 67 if somewhat agree; 33 if somewhat disagree; 0 if strongly disagree)

  • A person ought not to be allowed to speak if he/she doesn’t know what he’s/she’s talking about. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_f7, w12_f7/DS1.F7, DS4.F7]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)

  • Obedience and respect for authority are the most important virtues children should learn. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree? [w1_k10, w12_k10/DS1.J10, DS4.J10]

(100 if strongly disagree; 67 if somewhat disagree; 33 if somewhat agree; 0 if strongly agree)