National Voters Survey

Around the snap elections of 22 November 2006 for the Dutch Second Chamber, Statistics Netherlands in cooperation with the Foundation for Voting Research (SKON) conducted the National Voters Survey (NKO). Prior to the elections, 4 thousand potential voters were approached in a (net) house-to-house sample survey. Until election day, they were interviewed about the political party they intended to vote for, their interest in politics and their opinions on political parties and politicians. After the elections, the respondents were revisited and interviewed about the political party they had voted for and their motives. Before the elections, they were also asked about their views on major political issues which had been debated at length. They were also surveyed about their views on income (in)equality. Respondents could indicate their own position on a scale ranging from 1 ‘much more income inequality’ to 7 ‘much more income equality’. Persons with the scores 1, 2 or 3 are considered advocates of more income inequality, respondents scoring 4 are considered neutral and those scoring 5, 6 or 7 are included in the group of income equality champions.