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American National Election Studies: Evaluations of Government and Society Study 1 (EGSS 1), 2010-2012 (ICPSR 32701)

Principal Investigator(s): Segura, Gary, Stanford University; Jackman, Simon, Stanford University; Hutchings, Vincent, University of Michigan; American National Election Studies


The American National Election Studies: Evaluations of Government and Society Study 1 (EGSS 1), 2010-2012, is a series of relatively small, short, cross-sectional studies of the American electorate. Its chief aims are to measure public opinion well in advance of the 2012 election and to pilot test new instrumentation. Survey questions for the EGSS mainly come from the public proposal process on the American National Election Studies Online Commons. Topics include vote choice, Tea Party support, interest in politics, attitudes toward political parties, candidates, and Obama, political participation and knowledge, tax policy, racial attitudes, and the war in Afghanistan. Data collection is on the Internet using nationally representative probability samples. EGSS is not a panel design; different respondents complete each survey. Demographic information includes sex, age, race, education, employment status, occupation, household income, household size, household type, marital status, religious preferences, religiosity, political party affiliation, political philosophy, and whether respondent is a citizen of the United States.

Series: American National Election Study (ANES) Series

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Segura, Gary, Simon Jackman, Vincent Hutchings, and American National Election Studies. American National Election Studies: Evaluations of Government and Society Study 1 (EGSS 1), 2010-2012. ICPSR32701-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-03-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR32701.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR32701.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SES-0937715 and SES-0937727)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Afghanistan War, congressional elections, congressional elections (US House), congressional elections (US Senate), discrimination, federal government, federal income tax, gubernatorial elections, health care reform, national economy, Obama, Barack, Palin, Sarah, political attitudes, public opinion, race relations, racial discrimination, religious attitudes, sexism, stem cell research, Tea Party movement, terrorism, United States House of Representatives, voter attitudes, voter expectations, voters, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2010-10

Date of Collection:   

  • 2010-10-08--2010-10-19

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    United States citizens aged 18 years or older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Ted Brader at the University of Michigan was Associate Principal Investigator.

Data in C1_KB1 exceeds Stata's maximum length of 244 characters for a string variable. As a result, the data for this variable have been provided in plain text format (32701-0001-Qualitative_data-C1_KB1.txt); this data file also includes the variable C1_CASEID.

Please refer to the American National Election Studies Web site for more information concerning EGSS and other ANES studies.


Sample:    Address-based and random-digit dial probability sampling provided by Knowledge Networks; see section 3 of the user guide for details.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    All analyses that generalize to the population should employ weights; see section 5 of the user guide for details.

Mode of Data Collection:    web-based survey

Response Rates:    Estimated 2.6 percent (AAPOR RR3) or less; see section 4 of the user guide for details.

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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2012-03-19



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