New Approach to the Study of Ticket-Splitting (ICPSR 1140)

Published: May 15, 1998 View help for published

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Barry C. Burden, Ohio State University; David C. Kimball, Southern Illinois University

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01140.v1

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This dataset contains presidential and congressional election totals at the state and congressional district level for 1988. Using a new solution to the ecological inference problem developed by Gary King, the investigators used these data to estimate the proportion of voters splitting their ballots in each electoral unit. The variation in ticket-splitting across electoral units was then examined. The investigators found that, contrary to balancing arguments, voters were not intentionally splitting their tickets to produce divided government and moderate policies. In most cases split outcomes were a byproduct of lopsided congressional campaigns that featured well-funded, high-quality candidates versus unknown competitors, and split-ticket voting was largely unintentional.

Burden, Barry C., and Kimball, David C. New Approach to the Study of Ticket-Splitting. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998-05-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01140.v1

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(1) Three ASCII files are submitted: HOUSE88.DAT, which contains data at the congressional district for 1988, SENATE88.DAT, which contains data at the state level for 1988, and READTHIS.TXT, which provides a description of the variables in the other two data files. (2) These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigator(s) if further information is desired.

1998-05-15

1998-05-15

2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Burden, Barry C., and David C. Kimball. New Approach to the Study of Ticket-Splitting. ICPSR01140-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998-05-15. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01140.v1

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  • These data are flagged as replication datasets and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigator(s) if further information is desired.

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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