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SETUPS: American Voting Behavior in Presidential Elections, 1972-1992 (ICPSR 6572)

Principal Investigator(s): Prysby, Charles; Scavo, Carmine


This Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science (SETUPS) module, a cumulative file, permits analysis of elections and voting behavior in the United States across the general election years 1972 through 1992. The data are taken from AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDIES CUMULATIVE DATA FILE, 1952-1992 (ICPSR 8475), conducted by Warren E. Miller and the National Election Studies. A subset of items, including behavioral, attitudinal, and sociodemographic data, were drawn from the full election survey. Variables in this dataset include which party the respondent voted for for president, senator, and representative, as well as the respondent's own party identification. Other items include political involvement, ideology, perceptions of candidate image, opinions about government performance, and attitudes on specific issues. Demographic information on respondents includes gender, race, age, marital status, education, employment status and occupation, income, religion and church attendance, and region of the country and type of community in which the respondent lived.

Series: SETUPS Series

Access Notes

  • This study is intended for instructional use, and may be subsets of the original data. Variables and/or cases may have been removed to facilitate classroom use.

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.


DS1:  Raw Data File - Download All Files (1.084 MB)
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DS2:  SPSS Export File
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DS3:  Frequencies - Download All Files (2.047 MB)

Study Description


Prysby, Charles, and Carmine Scavo. SETUPS: AMERICAN VOTING BEHAVIOR IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, 1972-1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo [producers], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06572.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06572.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    computer programs, government, government performance, instructional materials, national elections, party membership, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, political parties, politics, presidential elections, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1972--1992

Date of Collection:   

  • 1972--1992

Universe:    All United States citizens of voting age on or before November 3, 1992, residing in housing units other than on military bases in the 48 coterminous states.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data for this instructional subset are distributed by ICPSR through an arrangement with the American Political Science Association (APSA). Manuals for use with the data are available from the APSA Division of Educational Affairs. Arrangements have been made for individuals at ICPSR member institutions to obtain a bulk order discount on the price of the manuals supplied by the APSA. Members should notify the APSA of eligibility for the discount and insure that the bookstore order form also indicates ICPSR membership.


Sample:    National multistage area probability sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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 recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-12-20

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