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National Election Studies Method Comparison Project, 1982 (ICPSR 8233)

Principal Investigator(s): Shanks, Merrill; Sanchez, Maria; Morton, Betsy; Morchio, Giovanna; Hayes, Alice; Swede, Southward


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 early 1982, the National Election Studies obtained additional support from the National Science Foundation for a systematic study comparing survey data collected through traditional methods (household sampling and personal interviewing) with data collected by random-digit dial (RDD) telephone sampling using computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI). This study took place in conjunction with the previously funded 1982 National Election Study of congressional elections. The broad purposes of the data collection were to permit the NES staff and user community to assess overall differences between the two data collection techniques in sample and measurement quality, and to carry out a series of additional methodological experiments concerned with question format, computer-assisted procedures, and survey organization. Telephone respondents were administered a somewhat abbreviated version of the in-person interview schedules, adapted for use over the telephone where appropriate. All interviews were conducted in the three months following the 1982 elections. In this collection, data from the Methods Comparison Project have been merged with AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1982: POST-ELECTION SURVEY FILE (ICPSR 9042), in order to facilitate the work of those who wish to make comparisons of telephone and personal interview methods. The inclusion of personal interview data in the present dataset is not intended for substantive analytic use. An extensive introduction to the documentation provides essential information and cautionary notes for potential analysts.

Series: American National Election Study (ANES) Series

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Shanks, Merrill, Maria Sanchez, Betsy Morton, Giovanna Morchio, Alice Hayes, and Southward Swede. National Election Studies Method Comparison Project, 1982. ICPSR08233-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08233.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08233.v2

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


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-12

Version History:

  • 2001-10-09 The data are now available in SAS transport (CPORT) 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) prefix + 4 digits + [optional] 1-character suffix. Version and dataset variables were also added to the data file. The codebook has been revised accordingly and is now available as a PDF file. Also, SAS and SPSS data definition statements are now available for this collection.

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