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Study Report

Study Number: LA-068-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1940

Subject Area: Public Opinion on Political Matters, Political Participation

Bibliographic Citation: Erie county study, 1940.  [machine-readable data file] / Lazarsfeld, Paul F.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7204

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: The data were collected from among four groups of approximately 600 persons each, originally selected by a random stratified sample of Erie County, Ohio. Of the four groups, three were reinterviewed only once. The fourth group of 600 respondents formed the core of the panel sample and were interviewed monthly from May to November 1940. There are 4 cards of data per respondent. The investigators were most interested in studying the dynamic process of the formation, change, and development of public opinion and political attitudes. Special efforts were made to follow changes in voting intentions and to gather data on possible intervening variables in the attitude change process. The major variables studied were respondent perceptions of the social and ideological differences between parties, participation in the campaign, the role of expectations, political information networks, the role of personal relationships and social groups, the political history of the respondents and their family, issue opinions, and personality measures. The data are multiply punched and are available in IBM column binary format.

SUBJECT TERMS: election studies. groups. issues. political attitudes and behavior. political participation. voting attitudes and behavior. Erie County. Ohio. United States.


Lazarsfeld, Paul F., Bernard R. Berelson, and Hazel Gaudet. The People's Choice. New York: Columbia University Press, 1944.

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