Comparative Candidate Survey


A team of researchers from ESPOL-LAB is currently conducting a survey of candidates for the 2022 parliamentary elections entitled ‘Candidate Survey 2022’.
This study is part of the international Comparative Candidate Survey project, which looks at the use and impact of campaign activities as well as the political attitudes and careers of candidates in 35 countries.
Although this international survey has been in existence for almost 10 years, France has never been studied in this framework.

The study “Candidat-e-s 2022” is carried out by ESPOL-LAB, the Research Centre of the European School of Political and Social Sciences, which is hosted by the Catholic University of Lille, in collaboration with Marta Gallina, Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Marie Neihouser, Catholic University of the West. Within ESPOL, the researchers involved in the project are: Giulia Sandri, Felix von Nostitz, François Briatte and Camille Kelbel.

As of March 2023, all candidates running in the second round of the 2022 legislative elections in France have been contacted to fill in an online questionnaire.

The team is at your disposal for any questions about the study!

The CSS international project

“The CCS Candidate Benchmarking Survey is a joint multinational project whose objective is to collect data on candidates for national parliamentary elections in different countries using a common core questionnaire to allow comparisons between countries. The data collection includes candidate surveys as well as relevant contextual information about the candidate’s constituency and the political system as a whole.

In part because of recent changes in the way political parties function as intermediaries between citizens and the state, individual candidates – their activities, attitudes and beliefs – have become an attractive and promising object of research. In response to this growing importance, CCS surveys parliamentary candidates in national parliamentary elections in as many countries as possible.

CCS’s main candidate questionnaire focuses on the relationship between the candidate, the party and the voters. The campaign is a major topic of this core questionnaire, but other areas such as recruitment and transport patterns, issues and ideology, and democracy and representation are also included in the questionnaire.

The CCS is conducted in modules that have been in the field for about 6 years. Module I, which ran between 2005 and 2012, was conducted in 24 countries and covered 32 elections. Module II was implemented between 2013 and 2018 and included 30 elections in 21 countries. The current Module III is scheduled to be in the field from 2019 to 2024 (see data collection documents).”