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Cross-National Election Studies: United States Study, 1992 (ICPSR 6541)

Principal Investigator(s): Beck, Paul, Ohio State University; Dalton, Russell J., University of California; Huckfeldt, Robert, Indiana University


This study represents one component of a five-nation comparative data collection effort undertaken in Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Spain, and the United States during the early 1990s. The data were collected to study political communication and voting behavior during an election campaign. While the Main Respondent Data (Part 1) provide the central database, these data are supplemented by other data sources. The data collection combines three related surveys: a survey of 1,318 main respondents (Part 1), a survey of 271 spouses of the main respondents (Part 2), and a survey of 841 non-spouse discussion partners of the main respondents (Part 3). Part 4 supplies the text of open-ended question responses given by respondents to all three surveys. Part 5 provides information coded from articles in major local newspapers on issues dealing with the 1992 election campaign. Topics of investigation in this study concerned factors that influenced respondents' level of information about politics and public affairs, political awareness, and voting behavior, such as the kinds of newspapers and magazines respondents read, what national network news they watched, and whether they watched talk shows. Additional questions addressed candidate evaluations, general attitudes toward public offices and election campaigns, and participation in special interest groups, including political parties. The study also queried respondents about their feelings on topics such as affirmative action, foreign imports, using military force to overthrow Saddam Hussein, the budget deficit, medical insurance, abortion, minority aid, and the environment. Demographic characteristics of respondents include educational level, occupational status, income level, age, gender, race and ethnicity, marital status, religious preference, group affiliation, and social status.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Main Respondent Data - Download All Files (0.911 MB)
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DS2:  Spouse Data - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS3:  Non-Spouse Discussant Data - Download All Files (0.343 MB)
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DS4:  Open-Ended Question Responses - Download All Files (8.721 MB)
DS5:  Newspaper Content Data - Download All Files (0.874 MB)
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Study Description


Beck, Paul, Russell J. Dalton, and Robert Huckfeldt. Cross-National Election Studies: United States Study, 1992. ICPSR06541-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06541.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06541.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES 92-00420 and SES 91-23519)
  • Joyce Foundation

Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1992-09--1993-02

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992-09--1993-02

Universe:    Residents of voting age in the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The data definition statements for Parts 1-3 contain only a data list. (2) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


Sample:    Stratified cluster sampling design and snowball samples of spouses and non-spouse discussion partners.

Data Source:

telephone interviews, and major local newspapers


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-10-12

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB6541.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.
  • 2000-04-18 Part 5, Newspaper Content Data, is being added to this collection and the codebook is now in Portable Document Format (PDF).

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