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Study Report

Study Number: KB-004-039-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1990

Subject Area: Election Studies

Bibliographic Citation: American national election study, 1990: the senate election study.  [machine-readable data file] / University of Michigan. Center for Political Studies  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9549

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy codebook; 1 duplicate and a machine-readable OSIRIS dictionary file.

Abstract: This data collection, focusing on the 1990 Senate elections, is part of a planned three-part series (1988, 1990, 1992) of Senate studies. Over the course of the three elections, voters in each of the 50 states will be interviewed, and data will be gathered on citizen evaluations of all senators at each stage of their six-year election cycles. In this collection, as in the 1988 Senate Study, contextual data for all 50 states have been merged with the survey data. The survey data facilitate the comparison of House of Representatives and Senate races through the use of questions that generally parallel those questions used in election studies since 1978 concerning respondents' interaction with and evaluation of candidates for the House of Representatives. The 50-state survey design also allows for the comparison of respondents' perceptions and evaluations of senators who are up for re-election with those in the second or fourth years of their terms. Topics covered include respondent's recall and like/dislike of House and Senate candidates, issues discussed in the campaigns, contact with House and Senate candidates/incumbents, respondent's opinion of the proper roles for senators and representatives, a limited set of issue questions, liberal/conservative self-placement, party identification, media exposure, and demographic information. Contextual data presented include election returns for the Senate primary and general elections, voting indices for the years 1983-1990, information about the Senate campaign such as election outcome predictions, campaign pollster used, spending patterns, and demographic, geographic, and economic data for the state. Derived measures also are included that reorganize the House of Representatives and Senate variables by party of candidate and incumbency/challenger status of candidate, and, for Senate variables only, by proximity to next election, along with a number of analytic variables intended to make analyses more convenient (e.g., Senate class number and whether the respondent voted for the incumbent).

SOURCE: telephone interviews, published and unpublished aggregate data sources

UNIVERSE: All United States citizens of voting age on or before November 6, 1990, residing in households with telephones in the 50 states.

SAMPLE: Dual-frame design telephone sample with approximately half of the sample selected from a frame of listed telephone numbers and half generated using a two-stage random digit dialing procedure.

NOTE: The 1990 contextual data were taken in large part from the 1988 contextual data, which were originally collected for the Board of Overseers by the Contextual Data Committee, chaired by Gary Jacobson and Raymond Wolfinger. Many variables have been updated for the 1990 study (e.g., election returns, age of candidates, campaign spending, and economic variables), and certain variables for which information could not be found or was not available at the time of release (e.g., 1990 AFL-CIO ratings and campaign manager) have been padded with missing data. Data from the 1988 study have been revised and made available as part of the AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY: POOLED SENATE ELECTION STUDY, 1988-1990 (ICPSR 9580).

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + OSIRIS dictionary.

DATA TYPE: survey data, and aggregate data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL

TIME PERIOD: 1990

DATE OF COLLECTION: November 7-December 20, 1990

FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

GRANT NUMBER: SES-9009379

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