Filter issues of "vote7"
I am trying to make sense of the variable "vote7" which is called "voted in last general election". If I look at the distribution of the variable (e.g. in wave 11), about 53% of the respondents are coded as "-8 Inapplicable".
At first, I though that maybe only new respondents who entered the panel after the last election and were not yet asked this question were presented with the item. However, the filter for the variable includes the following: "if ff_snapelect = 1 (General election held prior to end of fixed-term parliament)".
What does that indicate (the variable "ff_snapelect" cannot be searched)? Or more generally, what type of respondents are coded as "-8 Inapplicable"?
Thank you very much.