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Congressional Attitudes Toward Congressional Organization (ICPSR 7001)

Principal Investigator(s): O'Leary, Michael; Kovenock, David; Davidson, Roger


This data collection contains information on the opinions of United States congressmen and women on their roles in Congress, the roles and functions of Congress, congressional organizations and procedures, and the problems and effectiveness of Congress. Three general types of respondents were interviewed: general, leader, and top leader respondents. Respondents were asked about their position on various proposals for congressional reorganization, such as the use of electronic voting devices, four-year terms of office, and year-long congressional sessions, and their opinions on the likelihood of these proposals being adopted. Other items probed their views on issues such as the protection of minority interests, party bloc vote, moral-based decisions, rule of the majority, equality of Congress and the Executive branch, party compromise, degree of influence of lobbyists, and pressing congressional problems. Demographic items specify age, occupation, education, previous political experience, political party affiliation, length of service in Congress, congressional leadership position, ranks, and committee membership and functions, as well as voting records, constituency characteristics by region and district, percentage of total party unity votes, conservative coalition support, and bipartisan support.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  1: Deck 1 - Download All Files (2.155 MB)
DS2:  2: Deck 3 - Download All Files (2.135 MB)
DS3:  3: Deck 4 - Download All Files (2.116 MB)

Study Description


O'Leary, Michael, David Kovenock, and Roger Davidson. CONGRESSIONAL ATTITUDES TOWARD CONGRESSIONAL ORGANIZATION. ICPSR07001-v1. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College [producer], 1965. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07001.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07001.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, congressional committees, congressional voting, government elites, leadership, legislative bodies, legislative process, legislators, political representation, United States Congress, voting attitudes and behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Universe:    United States congressmen and women.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The Congressional Attitudes Toward Congressional Organization (ICPSR 7001) data are written in IBM column-binary format. The data are multiply-punched and are stored in EBCDIC. The file should be designated a binary file when used on a non-EBCDIC system. Please note that there is no deck two in the collection.


Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB7001.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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