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American National Election Study: 1985 Pilot Study (ICPSR 8476)

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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. This pilot study was designed to test instrumentation for the 1986 and 1988 National Election Studies. Special content areas emphasized in the pilot are: political knowledge, group membership, identification of elderly (aged 60 and over) Blacks and women with these social groups, attitudes toward racial issues, and opinions on traditional moral values. In order to experiment with question wording and formats, two forms were used in both waves.

Series: American National Election Study (ANES) Series

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Study Description


Miller, Warren E., and National Election Studies/Center for Political Studies. American National Election Study: 1985 Pilot Study. ICPSR08476-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999.

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   African Americans, candidates, congressional elections, domestic policy, economic conditions, foreign policy, government performance, morality, national elections, older adults, political affiliation, political attitudes, political campaigns, political efficacy, political issues, political participation, presidential elections, public approval, public opinion, public policy, racial attitudes, Reagan Administration (1981-1989), social networks, social values, trust in government, voter expectations, voter history, voting behavior, women

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985-11--1986-01

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985-11--1986-01

Universe:   Respondents from the AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1984 (ICPSR 8298).

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   The sample was designed to insure proper representation of interest in politics and had two components: a normal cross-section plus a supplement designed to produce an oversample of the elderly such that there are 100 cases aged 60 and over in the dataset.

Mode of Data Collection:   telephone interview


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Version History:

  • 1999-11-02 The data are available in SAS transport and SPSS export formats, in addition to the ASCII version of the data. 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 also have been added. In addition, SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been prepared, the codebook is now available in an ASCII text version, and the data collection instruments have been added to the collection as PDF files. Also, the OSIRIS dictionary file is no longer being released.

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