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Mexico Panel Study, 2012 (ICPSR 35024)

Alternate Title:   Mexico 2012 Panel Study

Principal Investigator(s): Greene, Kenneth, University of Texas-Austin


The Mexico 2012 Panel Study is a two-wave, major survey research project on Mexico's 2012 general election campaign with a focus on vote buying and the impact of crime and violence on vote choices. It is roughly comparable in scope to the American National Election Studies and the British Elections Studies. Similar to the Mexico 2000 and Mexico 2006 Panel Studies, it is intended to be a resource for scholars working on campaigns, public opinion, voting behavior, and political communication, whether they focus on Mexico or not. The 2012 Panel Study examines democratic consolidation in Mexico through the lens of electoral politics and documents how the mass public, the candidates, the political parties, and the media interact to shape the subjects of electoral contests - taking into account the possibility that political elites may anticipate the preferences of ordinary citizens and of other elites. The goal of the study was to understand why electoral campaigns highlight or downplay certain issues, and to assess the implications of these dynamics for democratic governance. Some of the questions in this study include "Who sets the agenda in Mexican elections?", "To what extent does this agenda respond to, engage, or ignore ordinary citizens?", and "What do the dynamics of 'issue emergence' mean for democratic representation?". Demographic variables include, age, sex, civil/marital status, education, income, occupation, social class, and religion.

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Study Description


Greene, Kenneth. Mexico Panel Study, 2012. ICPSR35024-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-03-11. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35024.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35024.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    campaign issues, campaign strategies, candidates, corruption, crime, elections, national elections, political advertising, political attitudes, political behavior, poverty, religion, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Polling station

Geographic Coverage:    Mexico

Time Period:   

  • 2012-03--2012-07

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-03--2012-07

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Mexican adults, pre- and post-2012 national elections.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Study Purpose:    The 2012 Mexico Panel Study examines the extent to which political campaigns remain a top-down process in Mexico's democracy. Combined with past research on Mexico's 2000 and 2006 presidential campaign, data from this project helps to shed light on key issues in democratic consolidation.

Sample:    Random stratified sample of Mexican eligible voters.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    Population weights

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Response Rates:    Approximately 70 percent

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.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2016-03-11



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