Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: KC-011-001-2-1-United States-ICPSR-1968

Subject Area: Election Returns

Bibliographic Citation: State legislative election returns in the United States, 1968-1989.  [machine-readable data file] / Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 8907

Date Accessioned: 11/25/1994

Number of Files Received: 27

Comments: Received via FTP.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 11/25/1994

Documentation: Machine-readable codebook plus SPSS file definition descriptions.

Abstract: The purpose of this collection is to extend detailed study of electoral and governmental processes in the United States to the state and local levels and to encourage comparative analyses of voting patterns, political party competition, and partisan control between different states or regions. The collection provides election data at the county, constituency, and candidate levels for state legislative races contested in the United States between 1968 and 1989. General election returns for all 50 states are included, as well as primary election returns for 16 southern and border states. Data include county-level returns for all major and minor political parties that contested elections for seats in state legislatures, individual candidate totals at both the county and constituency levels, incumbency status, total number of votes cast for all candidates in an election, each candidate's percentage of the vote, and several measures comparing a candidate's performance with those of his or her rivals.

SOURCE: official and unofficial election returns from state governments, and local newspaper returns

UNIVERSE: Members of the voting age population of the United States from 1968 through 1989.

NOTE: The fifth edition of this collection contains general and special election returns from 1968 through 1989 for all 50 states and primary election returns, where available, for the same period for 14 southern and border states. Odd-year general elections are recorded in the county-level data file of the previous even-numbered year.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 13 data files + machine-readable documentation (text) + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: aggregate data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SPSS Control Cards

TIME PERIOD: 1968-1989

DATE OF COLLECTION: 1968-1989

FUNDING AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

GRANT NUMBER: SES-8618482

SUBJECT TERMS: candidates. constituency totals. constituents. county-level. election returns. elections. historical election data. incumbency. legislators. political attitudes and behavior. political parties. primary elections. state politics. states. voting attitudes and behavior. Alabama. Alaska. Arizona. Arkansas. California. Colorado. Connecticut. Delaware. Florida. Georgia. Hawaii. Idaho. Illinois. Indiana. Iowa. Kansas. Kentucky. Louisiana. Maine. Maryland. Massachusetts. Michigan. Minnesota. Mississippi. Missouri. Montana. Nebraska. Nevada. New Hampshire. New Jersey. New Mexico. New York. North Carolina. North Dakota. Ohio. Oklahoma. Oregon. Pennsylvania. Rhode Island. South Carolina. South Dakota. Tennessee. Texas. United States. Utah. Vermont. Virginia. Washington. West Virginia. Wisconsin. Wyoming.

EXTENT OF PROCESSING BY ICPSR: NONNUM/ BLANKS/ MDATA/ CONCHK.ICPSR/ UNDOCCHK.ICPSR/ RECODE

RELATED PUBLICATIONS:

LEGISLATIVE STUDIES QUARTERLY 16 (February 1991).

Media/File Reports:

ICPSR Direct