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Current Population Survey, November 2010: Voting and Registration Supplement (ICPSR 31082) RSS

Alternate Title:  CPS, November 2010

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Summary:

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 2010 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. 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. The supplement was designed to be a proxy response supplement, meaning a single respondent could provide answers for all eligible household members. The supplement questions were asked of all persons who were both United States citizens and 18 years of age 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 2, 2010, 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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Citation

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 2010: Voting and Registration Supplement. ICPSR31082-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-07-14. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR31082.v1

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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

Time Period:  

  • 2010-11

Date of Collection:  

  • 2010-11-14--2010-11-20

Unit of Observation:   individuals within housing units

Universe:   The CPS universe consists of all persons in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in households. The November 2010 supplement universe represents the full CPS sample comprising all household members aged 18 years and older.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Users are strongly encouraged to refer to 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 either the basic or supplement record layout, which is located 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.

Methodology

Sample:   A multistage probability sample was selected to represent the universe of approximately 56,000 households.

Weight:  

The data contain seven 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 (particularly if tabulating just labor force items), 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. Controlled to estimates of veterans suppleied by VA.
  • Composited Final Weight -- PWCMPWGT -- Used to create BLS's published labor force statistics.

There is no supplement weight associated with the November 2010 Voting and Registration supplement. Use the basic final CPS weight -- PWSSWGT -- for tallying the supplement items.

Mode of Data Collection:   computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

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