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National Survey of Voter Attitudes, June 1980 (ICPSR 7820)

Principal Investigator(s): Detroit News


This data collection contains information gleaned from one of a number of monthly Surveys of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior conducted by the Institute for Social Research's Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan. Via telephone interviews, respondents were asked to rate their personal financial situations compared to the previous year and to explain the reasons for the change for the better and for the worse. Attitudes toward current government policies regarding the economy, e.g., inflation, unemployment, and federal spending were also probed. Respondents were asked to rate their level of agreement with the government's foreign policy, specifically relations with the Soviet Union, and to rate Jimmy Carter's performance as president in general and in several specific areas, e.g., the economy, foreign policy, and the Iran hostage crisis. Other data include respondents' 1980 party affiliations and their preferences among Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and John Anderson for the upcoming presidential election. Background information includes household members' employment status and income, as well as respondents' occupation, union membership, educational level, age, marital status, and ethnic origin.

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Study Description


Detroit News. National Survey of Voter Attitudes, June 1980. ICPSR07820-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1980. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07820.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07820.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Detroit News

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Anderson, John, Carter Administration (1977-1981), Carter, Jimmy, consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, detente, economic policy, foreign policy, government performance, international relations, Iran hostage crisis, national economy, personal finances, political affiliation, political attitudes, political partisanship, presidential approval, presidential candidates, public opinion, Reagan, Ronald, social attitudes, voter attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1980-06

Date of Collection:   

  • 1980-06

Universe:    Voting adults in the United States with telephones.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A related data collection, MICHIGAN SURVEY OF VOTER ATTITUDES, OCTOBER 1980 (ICPSR 7835), contains data from a survey conducted with Michigan voters just before the national elections.


Sample:    The survey was conducted via telephone interview with a national sample of 688 respondents supplemented by 205 additional interviews conducted with Republican respondents in order to obtain samples of partisans of sufficient analytical size for the study.

Data Source:

telephone 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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-08



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