The Politicization of State Judicial Elections: The Effects of New-Style Campaigns on State Court Legitimacy in Kentucky, 2006 (ICPSR 31041)

Published: Aug 17, 2011 View help for published

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James L. Gibson, Washington University in St. Louis

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR31041.v1

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This study had three major subject areas covered by the data collection. These subjects included general political questions about the respondent's views on issues such as freedom, the respondent's personal voting habits, and political campaign advertisements respectively. Respondents were asked about the frequency of their political discussions with friends, dealing with opinions that are extremely different from their own, the value of freedom including free speech, the government's role in creating and implementing laws, and majority wants vs. minority rights. The respondent's personal voting habits section included questions pertaining to feelings asked Kentucky residents how they felt about the Kentucky legislature, Supreme Court, Christian fundamentalists, anti-abortion activists, and pro-abortion activists. These questions also asked about the Kentucky court system in general, the press in Kentucky, insurance companies and other large businesses. Additional questions asked about the three branches of government, specifically, if respondents knew how each branch worked and its role in checks and balances on the American government. Kentucky citizens were asked about lifetime appointment for judges, serving a specific number of years dictated by terms, and whether Kentucky judges had a lifetime appointment or were subject to terms. Citizens were further queried about their elected judges in terms of how they vote for their judges, and whether or not controversial issues and left-right self-placement plays a role in their decisions. Another topic was the importance and relevance of the Constitution and whose interpretation should matter (the people vs. judges). Political campaign advertisement questions asked about advertisements in terms of their fairness. Specifically, questions asked about advertisement effectiveness in terms of whether the advertisement made the respondent more or less likely to vote for a certain candidate. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, ethnicity, highest grade or year of school completed, political affiliation, religious affiliation and participation, and television viewership.

Gibson, James L. The Politicization of State Judicial Elections: The Effects of New-Style Campaigns on State Court Legitimacy in Kentucky, 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-08-17. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR31041.v1

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National Science Foundation (SES 0451207)
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2006
2006-06, 2006-11, 2006-12

In order to conform to standard SAS, SPSS and Stata variable naming conventions, original variable names containing periods or "@" signs have been renamed; periods in these variable names have been replaced with underscore "_" and the "@" signs have been replaced with "_x".

The purpose of this project is to investigate the impact of campaign activity on public attitudes toward the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Based on a three-wave panel design, in which a representative sample of Kentuckians was interviewed well before the general election of 2006, during the election, and well after its conclusion.

Random Digit Dialing. For further information about sampling, please review the "Producer Appendix" section of the ICPSR codebook for this study.

Longitudinal: Panel

Residents of Kentucky aged 18 years old and older.

individual
survey data

Wave 1: 28.7 percent, Wave 2: 78.7 percent, Wave 3: 76.6 percent

2011-08-17

2011-08-17

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:
  • Gibson, James L. The Politicization of State Judicial Elections: The Effects of New-Style Campaigns on State Court Legitimacy in Kentucky, 2006. ICPSR31041-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-08-17. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR31041.v1

2011-08-17 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:

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Please see the Producer Appendix for information regarding the weights.

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  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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