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Study Report

Study Number: KB-035-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1980

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: CBS News/New York Times election surveys, 1980.  [machine-readable data file] / CBS News  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7812

Date Accessioned: 5/6/1994

Number of Files Received: 56

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 4/1/1994

Documentation: Hard copy codebook (2 vols.) plus machine-readable codebook files.

Abstract: The New York Times and CBS News were equal partners in a series of election surveys covering the 1980 election year. The contents of this data collection generally concern the Presidential preference of respondents, their reasons for choosing a particular candidate as well as their reactions to political and social issues of the campaign. A set of background variables, including categorization of age, sex, income, race, ethnicity, and occupation, is part of each dataset. There are 28 datasets in the collection, which may be logically divided into three categories: the Primary Day Surveys, the National monthly interviews, and the Election Day Survey. All of the datasets are available in OSIRIS or card-image formats. The data processing for the entire collection was carried out as a cooperative effort between the Election and Survey Unit of CBS News and ICPSR. The processing was supported by a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation. The Primary Day Surveys were conducted in eleven states on the day of the primary at the polling place among a random sample of people who had just voted in either the Democratic or Republican presidential primaries. The questionnaires were self-administered. The surveys were conducted in the following states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, New York, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California, New Jersey, and Ohio. There are separate files for the Democrat and Republican primaries in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, making a total of 15 Primary Day Survey files. The number of respondents range from 605 in the Illinois Republican primary to 2,031 in the California survey. Each of the Primary Day Surveys has a logical record length of 80 characters or less. Twelve separate nation-wide surveys were conducted by telephone, with approximately 1,500 randomly selected adults in each. Surveys were conducted in January, February, March, April, June, and August/September. Two additional telephone surveys were conducted in September, one Pre-Debate One and the other Post-Debate One. There are two national October surveys, one conducted October 10th-15th, the other October 30-November 2. A Post-Election survey was conducted in the days following the election. For the Post-Election survey, the respondents in the second October survey were reinterviewed. The Post election survey is released as a panel file and incorporates the October Pre-Election survey. For the presidential election, a national sample of voters was administered a questionnaire similar to those given on Primary day. Selected voters were asked for whom they had voted and why. Information on time of voting and respondent's sex and race was filled out by the interviewer. There are 15,201 respondents and approximately 50 variables in the dataset, with a logical record length of less than 80 characters.

SUBJECT TERMS: campaigns. candidates. election studies. elections. issues. political attitudes and behavior. political issues. presidential debates. presidential elections. primary education. voting attitudes and behavior. California. Florida. Illinois. Massachusetts. Nebraska. New Hampshire. New Jersey. New York. Ohio. Pennsylvania. United States. Wisconsin.

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