The Dutch parliamentary election of May 1986

Cees van der Eijk, Galen Irwin, Kees Niemoller

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After a rather uneventful election campaign, the results of the May 1986 Dutch parliamentary election were a surprise to virtually all involved. Since the introduction of regular opinion polling in the 1960s, no election has taken place when the polls were ‘wrong’. However, in 1986 last minute shifts that were stronger than had ever occurred in the Netherlands produced results that differed significantly from the predictions based upon the polls published immediately prior to the election.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)289-296
JournalElectoral studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


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