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Florida Voter Panel Study, 1999 (ICPSR 3435)

Principal Investigator(s): Kane, James G., University of Florida, Department of Political Science


The primary purposes of this 1999 panel survey were to gauge ambivalence about abortion rights and to assess general knowledge and feelings about a variety of political issues. Data was gathered via a two-wave telephone panel survey of registered voters in the state of Florida. Respondents were asked a wide variety of political questions including feeling thermometer ratings for several politicians and political groups such as President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the Republican Party, and the Pro-Life Movement. They were asked to rate job performance for President Clinton, Governor Bush, and the Congress among others. Respondents were asked how they would vote in a presidential election between Texas Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore and in a general election between Democrats and Republicans if one were held that day. In addition, the survey included a series of questions designed to measure general political knowledge, including how much of a majority is required for the United States Senate and House of Representatives to override a presidential veto and whose responsibility it is to determine whether or not a law is constitutional. Respondents were also asked how much they followed government and public affairs in the news. The remaining questions concerned the abortion issue. Respondents were first asked to rate how positively they felt about a series of abortion policy statements and were instructed to discard any negative feelings. Later in the interview, respondents were read the same series of abortion policy statements and were then asked to rate how negatively they felt about the statements, while attempting to discard any positive feelings. The statements included the assertions that a woman should be able to obtain a legal abortion if she becomes pregnant as a result of rape and that a woman should be able to obtain a legal abortion if she wants one for any reason. Additional questions addressed premarital sex, traditional family values, interpretation of the Bible, and women's equality. Background information on respondents includes level of education, information on religious beliefs and practices, ethnicity, marital and familial status, age, and sex.

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Study Description


Kane, James G. FLORIDA VOTER PANEL STUDY, 1999. ICPSR03435-v1. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida [producer], 1999. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03435.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03435.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, ambivalence, Bush, George W., Bush, Jeb, Clinton, Bill, Gore, Al, presidential performance, pro-life movement, social values

Geographic Coverage:    Florida, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1999-01--1999-06

Universe:    Registered voters in Florida in January 1999.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Random selection taken from current voter registration rolls with working telephone numbers.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Response Rates:    54.6 percent for Wave 1, 60.2 percent for Wave 2

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-09-16

Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.



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