Questions about Table 1A

If you ran Table 1A as suggested, you should have a table with seven columns and three rows. Party identification (the independent variable) should be on the top of the table (the column variable), and presidential vote (the dependent variable) should be on the side of the table (the row variable). Percentages should be calculated by column (i.e., they should sum to 100% for each column). In reading your table, take care to properly interpret the percentages, remembering that they are column percentages, not row percentages.

Note: You can check the table that you generated against the example in the principles of data analysis section. The two tables should have the same figures.

You should be able to answer these questions to see if you are able to understand the data and the table. Your instructor may want you to write down your answers. Otherwise, it is sufficient to answer them in your mind. If you are unable to answer a question, you should ask your instructor for the answer and an explanation.

  1. Overall, what percentage of respondents in the table voted for Bush? What percentage voted for Kerry? How do these percentages compare with the national figures obtained from actual vote counts (refer to the section on the 2004 election for the election results)? What might explain any differences you find?

  2. How many respondents in the table were in each of the seven categories of party identification? Do these numbers match the numbers in the codebook? If not, why not? (Hint: who is not included in Table 1A?)

  3. What percentage of the respondents who were strong Democrats voted for Kerry? What percentage voted for Bush? How do these percentages compare with the percentages voting for Bush and Kerry in the other categories? How would you describe the overall relationship between these two variables?

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