Current Population Survey, November 2006: Voting and Registration Supplement (ICPSR 21340)
Alternate Title: CPS, November 2006
Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census; United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics; United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division
This data collection is comprised of responses from two sets of survey questionnaires, the basic Current Population Survey (CPS) and a survey on the topic of voting and registration in the United States, which was administered as a supplement to the November 2006 CPS questionnaire. The Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division of the Census Bureau sponsored the supplemental questions for November.
The CPS, administered monthly, is a labor force survey providing current estimates of the economic status and activities of the population of the United States, aged 15 years or older. Specifically, the CPS provides estimates of total employment (both farm and nonfarm), nonfarm self-employed persons, domestics, and unpaid helpers in nonfarm family enterprises, wage and salaried employees, and estimates of total unemployment. Data from the CPS are provided for the week prior to the survey.
The voting and registration supplement data are collected every two years to monitor trends in the voting and nonvoting behavior of United States citizens in terms of their different demographic and economic characteristics. Self or proxy responses were allowed for this supplement, that is, a single respondent could provide answers for themselves or provide answers for all eligible households members, provided the respondents him/herself was a household member 15 years of age or older. The supplement questions were asked of all persons who were both United States citizens and 18 years or older. The CPS instrument determined who was eligible for the voting and registration supplement through the use of check items that referred to basic CPS items, including age and citizenship.
Respondents were queried on whether they were registered to vote in the November 7, 2006 election, main reasons for not being registered to vote, main reasons for not voting, whether they voted in person or by mail, and method used to register to vote. Demographic variables include age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, veteran status, educational attainment, occupation, and income.
Series: Current Population Survey Series
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United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census, United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division. Current Population Survey, November 2006: Voting and Registration Supplement. ICPSR21340-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-02-07. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR21340.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR21340.v2
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: census data, citizenship, compensation, demographic characteristics, economic conditions, employment, full-time employment, Hispanic or Latino origins, household composition, households, income, industry, labor (work), labor force, national elections, part-time employment, population characteristics, population estimates, unemployment, voter attitudes, voter registration, voters, voting behavior, wages and salaries, work, working experience, working hours
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: individuals within housing units
Universe: All persons in the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States living in households. The November 2006 Voting and Registration supplement universe represented the full CPS sample comprised of all persons 18 years of age or older.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
Users are strongly encouraged to refer the User Guide (produced by the Principal Investigators), which contains the questionnaire for the supplement, as well as additional detailed technical documentation regarding the study design, sampling frame used, and response rates.
The universe statements for each variable are defined in the basic and supplement record layouts found in Attachment 6 and 7, respectively, of the User Guide.
ICPSR removed all FILLER and PADDING variables from the data. As a result, the column locations in any ICPSR-released data product (e.g., codebook and setup files) will have column locations that are not consistent with locations described in the User Guide.
Sample: A multistage probability sample based on results of the 2000 decennial Census was used for the housing unit.
The data contain seven Basic CPS weight variables:
- Household Weight-HWHHWGT-Used for tallying household characteristics.
- Family Weight-PWFMWGT-Used only for tallying family characteristics.
- Longitudinal Weight-PWLGWGT-Found only on adult records matched from month to month (used for gross flows analysis).
- Outgoing Rotation Weight-PWORWGT-Used for tallying information collected only in outgoing rotations.
- Final Weight-PWSSWGT-Used for most tabulations, controlled to independent estimates for 1) States; 2) Origin, Sex, and Age; and 3) Age, Race, and Sex.
- Veteran's Weight-PWVETWGT-Used for tallying veteran's data only.
- Composited Final Weight-PWCMPWGT-Used to create BLS's published labor force statistics.
There is no supplement weight associated with the November 2006 supplement. Use the basic CPS weight, PWSSWGT for tallying the supplement items. Users are strongly encouraged to refer to the User Guide for detailed information on how to use the weights, as well as how they were derived.
Mode of Data Collection: computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
Original ICPSR Release: 2008-07-18
- 2011-02-07 The ASCII data for this collection have been completely replaced. The data collection has been updated to include SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files for use with the new data. Also included in the update are a corresponding SAS transport (CPORT) file, SPSS system file, Stata system file, and a tab-delimited version of the new ASCII data.
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