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ANES 1972 Time Series Study (ICPSR 7010)

Alternate Title:  American National Election Study, 1972

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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 the usual content, other topics included women's liberation, racial attitudes, economic attitudes, payment of federal income tax, feelings about the quality of life, and various cultural attitudes.

Series: American National Election Study (ANES) Series

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Study Description


Miller, Warren, and Arthur Miller. ANES 1972 Time Series Study. ICPSR07010-v4. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-11-10. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07010.v4

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health (GS-33956, GI-29904, GS-3322, MH19516-08)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   candidates, congressional elections, cultural attitudes, domestic policy, economic conditions, foreign policy, government performance, income tax, information sources, national elections, Nixon Administration (1969-1974), political affiliation, political campaigns, political efficacy, political participation, presidential elections, public approval, public opinion, quality of life, racial attitudes, special interest groups, trust in government, voter expectations, voter history, voting behavior, womens movement, womens rights

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1972

Date of Collection:  

  • 1972

Universe:   United States citizens 18 years of age and older.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The sample was split into halves and two different, though overlapping, interview schedules were used in both the pre- and post-election interviews.

The SAS transport file was created using the SAS CPORT procedure.


Sample:   A representative cross-section of persons 18 years of age and older who were United States citizens and were living in private households in one of the four major regions (Northeast, North Central, South, and West) of the coterminous United States as defined by the Census Bureau.

Mode of Data Collection:   face-to-face interview, telephone interview

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2015-11-10 The study metadata was updated.
  • 2015-08-06 A documentation PDF file was added to the collection and includes a higher-resolution version of an article regarding newspaper endorsements. Additionally, the codebook has been converted from text to PDF.
  • 1999-12-29 The data for this study are now available in SAS transport and SPSS export formats, in addition to the ASCII data file. Variables in the dataset have been renumbered to the following format: 2-digit (or 2-character) year prefix + 4 digits + [optional] 1-character suffix. Dataset ID and version variables have also been added. SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this collection, and the data collection instruments are provided as a PDF file.

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