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SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 2016 Election (ICPSR 36853)

Principal Investigator(s): Prysby, Charles, University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Scavo, Carmine, East Carolina University-Greenville, North Carolina; American Political Science Association; Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


Voting Behavior, The 2016 Election is an instructional module designed to offer students the opportunity to analyze a dataset drawn from the American National Election (ANES) 2016 Time Series Study [ICPSR 36824]. This instructional module is part of the SETUPS (Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science) series and differs from previous modules in that it is completely online, including the data analysis system components.

Series: SETUPS Series

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Study Description


Prysby, Charles, Carmine Scavo, American Political Science Association, and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 2016 Election. ICPSR36853-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-08-25. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36853.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36853.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Clinton, Hillary, economic activity, foreign policy, free trade, government, government spending, health insurance, immigration policy, national elections, news media, political attitudes, political participation, Trump, Donald, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Region

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2016

Date of Collection:   

  • 2016

Unit of Observation:    Individuals

Universe:    American electorate

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For additional information on the SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 2016 Election, please visit the Voting Behavior: The 2016 Election Web site.


Study Purpose:    The SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 2016 Election is a new module that was developed to provide students the opportunity to analyze data from the most recent presidential election.

Study Design:   

The data for this instructional package are drawn from the American National Election (ANES) 2016 Time Series Study. The study designers were interested in how people respond to different kinds of surveys, so they designed the ANES 2016 Time Series Study to be conducted both through face-to-face interviews and through the Internet. Approximately 27 percent of the respondents were interviewed face-to-face, while the other 73 percent participated in a Web-based interview. Only a portion of all the information collected by the study is contained in this dataset, and the selected data have been prepared for instructional purposes.


A stratified cluster probability sampling method was utilized. For additional information, please refer to the Survey Research Methods section of ICPSR's Voting Behavior in the 2016 Election's Web page.

Time Method:    Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Weight:    The data are not weighted. However, the weight variable WEIGHT has been included and must be used in any analysis. Users must note that the frequencies found in the Codebook reflect the weighted data values.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, web-based survey

Data Source:

American National Election (ANES) 2016 Time Series Study [ICPSR 36824]

Description of Variables:   

The study draws select survey questions from the American National Election Studies (ANES) 2016 Time Series Study. These variables are grouped in 15 themes:

  1. A: Voting Behavior and Related Items
  2. B: Political Involvement and Participation Items
  3. C: Media Exposure and Consumption Items
  4. D: Candidate Image Items
  5. E: Presidential and Congressional Performance Items
  6. F: Economic Conditions Items
  7. G: Ideology Items
  8. H: Health Care Policy Issue Items
  9. J: Economic and Social Welfare Items
  10. K: Social and Moral Issue Items
  11. L: Women's and Gender Issues
  12. M: Civil Rights and Race-Related Items
  13. N: Foreign Policy and National Security Items
  14. P: General Political Attitudes and Orientations
  15. R: Demographic and Social Characteristics

Response Rates:    The response rate for the face-to-face 2016 ANES sample is 50 percent, while the response rate for the Internet survey was 44 percent. The dataset for this instructional package includes only respondents who were interviewed both before and after the election.

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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2017-08-25



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