Several research units – and especially Sciences Po’s Centre for socio-political data – have embraced digital platforms to make a wealth of electoral materials such as results and surveys available. These are classified and sometimes complemented by studies posted online. Meanwhile, CEVIPOF has digitized close to 40,000 electoral documents, including mission statements, ballots, leaflets and posters.
The Centre for socio-political data has posted all the results of French elections from 1958 to 2012. Complete (legislative, presidential, regional, European, municipal and cantonal) and detailed (district, municipality, department, region and all of France), they can also be exploited and compared through a mapping application – Vizlab – that enables compositions of an infinite number of variables.
To complete is electoral database, the CDSP also provides a series of French pre- and post-electoral surveys (1958, 1962, 1978, 1988, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2007*, 2012) and French data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems program (2007, 2012).
Another tool that the CDSP has developed, beQuali, makes archives of qualitative surveys available along with contextual support enabling their reuse. This includes two surveys on electoral trends conducted by Sciences Po researchers.
Thanks to an innovative and unique system in France – ELIPSS – created by the CDSP, researchers can now easily conduct long-term Internet surveys. The ELIPSS panel includes 3,100 participants who are representative of the metropolitan population. Respondents are equipped with a connected tablet and are asked to respond to monthly surveys. Using this tool, political scientists, including a Sciences Po team, have been conducting a survey since 2013 that will continue through the end of 2017 – Dynamob – asking panel members about their political preferences, both during and outside of election periods. See the results of the first wave of the Dynamob survey, conducted in September 2013.
Since 1960, CEVIPOF has been collecting materials daily related to elections held from 1936 to 2017: flyers, mission statements, ballots, posters, speeches, candidate files, periodical issues, objects and working notes produced by CEVIPOF researchers. To date, this collection includes 40,000 documents that are accessible to all.