Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: KB-004-030-2-1-United States-ICPSR-1984

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: American national election study, 1984: pre- and post-election survey.  [machine-readable data file] / Miller, Warren E.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8298

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy 3 vol. codebooks; a duplicate set; microfiche; machine-readable codebook; SPSS data definition statements.

Abstract: This study is part of a time-series collection of national surveys fielded continuously since 1952. The election studies are designed to present data on Americans' social backgrounds, enduring political predispositions, social and political values, perceptions and evaluations of groups and candidates, opinions on questions of public policy, and participation in political life. Part 1 of this collection contains the traditional Pre- and Post-Election Survey (ICPSR Version). Interviews were conducted in-person prior to the 1984 election, and in the post-election wave, half of the respondents were randomly assigned to be reinterviewed in person, and the other half to be reinterviewed by telephone using a shortened version of the questionnaire. In addition to the standard core questions, new topic areas (most of which had been piloted in 1983) included economic individualism and egalitarian items, and group identification items. Vote validation data also are provided. Continuous Monitoring, January 11, 1984 through December 31, 1984 (Part 3) was designed to examine the impact of the election campaign on voters' perceptions, beliefs, and preferences. Respondents were questioned about their knowledge of the candidates' stand on the issues, about their own stand on the issues, and about their opinions and evaluations of the candidates. Interviews were conducted by telephone throughout the year, with a total of 46 separate cross-section samples selected by a random digit dialing design, and an average of 76 respondents interviewed in each of the 46 sample weeks. Although the survey instrument was very much the same from one sample week to the next, some questions were deleted and others added during the course of the campaign, as issues became more or less relevant. Thirteen versions of the questionnaire were incorporated into this data file. Each telephone number selected in the Continuous Monitoring Study generated a labeled coversheet with an administrative history: number of calls, household composition, final disposition, and so forth. Information from every coversheet generated during the course of the study, including non-interviews, is provided in the Field Administration Data File for Continuous Monitoring (Part 22). The file contains zip codes for working residential telephone numbers (where the selected respondent agreed to give that information), but does not contain respondent interview numbers, so it cannot be merged with the Continuous Monitoring File (Part 3).

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 3 data files + machine-readable documentation + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA FORMAT: OSIRIS and Card Image, with SPSS Control Cards for each (Parts 1 and 3), and LRECL with OSIRIS dictionary (Part 22)

SUBJECT TERMS: aging. candidates. congressional elections. economic attitudes and behavior. education. election studies. employment. government effectiveness. income. issues. marital status. methodology. political attitudes and behavior. political interaction. political participation. political party preference. presidential performance. random digit dialing. religion. social attitudes and behavior. United States. ZIP code areas.

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