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ANES 1958 Time Series Study (ICPSR 7215)

Alternate Title:  American National Election Study, 1958

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This study is part of a time-series collection of national surveys fielded continuously since 1952. The election studies are designed to present data on Americans' social backgrounds, enduring political predispositions, social and political values, perceptions and evaluations of groups and candidates, opinions on questions of public policy, and participation in political life.

Series: American National Election Study (ANES) Series

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Study Description


Campbell, Angus, and Philip Converse. ANES 1958 Time Series Study. ICPSR07215-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-11-10.

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   candidates, congressional elections, domestic policy, economic conditions, Eisenhower Administration (1953-1961), foreign policy, government performance, information sources, national elections, political affiliation, political attitudes, political campaigns, political efficacy, political issues, political participation, public approval, public opinion, special interest groups, trust in government, voter expectations, voter history, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1958-11--1958-12

Date of Collection:  

  • 1958-11--1958-12

Universe:   United States citizens 18 years of age or older.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The SAS transport file was created using the SAS CPORT procedure.


Sample:   The individuals interviewed in 1958 were a representative cross-section of persons of voting age living in private households in the United States, but additional complications were introduced by the fact that the 1958 study was the second wave of a panel study that had begun in 1956. The 12 largest metropolitan areas of the United States were drawn with certainty to represent themselves. The rest of the country was formed into 54 strata. From each stratum, a primary sampling unit consisting of a county or group of counties was drawn with probability proportional to size.

Mode of Data Collection:   telephone interview

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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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Version History:

  • 2015-11-10 The study metadata was updated.
  • 1999-12-14 The data are now available in SAS transport and SPSS export formats, in addition to the ASCII data file. Variables in this dataset have been renumbered to the following format: 2-digit (or 2-character) prefix + 4 digits + [optional] 1-character suffix. Dataset ID and version variables have also been added. In addition, SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been created, the data collection instrument has been added to the collection as a PDF file, and the codebook has been replaced.

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