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Study Report

Study Number: KB-004-031-3-1-United States-ICPSR-1986

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: American national election study, 1986.  [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: 8678

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook; machine-readable OSIRIS dictionary; 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. In addition to core items, new content includes questions on values, political knowledge, and attitudes on racial policy, as well as more general attitudes conceptualized as antecedent to these opinions on racial issues. The file also contains vote validation data. Parts 22 and 23 provide Voter Validation Office Administration Interview (or Election Administration) data. In its original, unexpanded version (Part 23), the file contains one record for each interview conducted with Election Administration officials in charge of 166 election offices. This file was expanded so that information from the appropriate election office could be attached to the records of each of the respondents in the post-election survey. The expanded file (Part 22) adds the respondent's post case ID, vote validation ID, and two variables to clarify the distinction between office of registration and the office associated with the respondent's sample address. Part 24, Results of First Contact with Respondent, contains one record per respondent and reports the actual disposition of the first contact made with the selected respondent. These data were coded from the coversheets and call records in order to provide a better coding of refusal conversion than that contained in the ''refusal conversion indicator'' (Variable 8).

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: All United States households in the 50 states. Election Offices pertaining to respondents in the 1986 post-election survey.

SAMPLE: National multi-stage area probability sample.

NOTE: Because there was significantly more content in this post-election survey than before, two forms for the survey were used. About three-quarters of each form contained common material. Form A contained unique material on evaluation of the president. Form B contained questions on racial attitudes. The two forms were combined into one questionnaire with routing for Form A and B respondents taking place by means of checkpoints. Sample addresses for each segment were randomly assigned to Form A or Form B.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 4 data files + machine-readable documentation + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: OSIRIS and Card Image, with SPSS Control Cards for each (Part 1), LRECL with OSIRIS dictionary (Parts 22-24)



FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

GRANT NUMBER: SOC77-08885 AND SES-8341310

SUBJECT TERMS: aging. blacks. candidates. congressional elections. economic attitudes and behavior. education. election studies. employment. government effectiveness. income. issues. marital status. membership. political attitudes and behavior. political interaction. political participation. political party preference. presidential performance. race relations. racial attitudes. religion. social attitudes and behavior. social security. United States.

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