SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 2012 Election (ICPSR 34808)

Published: Dec 18, 2014

Principal Investigator(s):
Charles Prysby, University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Carmine Scavo, East Carolina University-Greenville, North Carolina; American Political Science Association; Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


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Voting Behavior: The 2012 Election is an instructional module designed to offer students the opportunity to analyze a dataset drawn from the 2012 American National Election Study (ANES). This instructional module is part of the SETUPS (Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science) series and is featured online.

Prysby, Charles, Scavo, Carmine, American Political Science Association, and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 2012 Election. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-12-18.

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2012-09 -- 2012-12

Data are not available for variables R07 and R21.

This study is intended to be used only with the cases weighted and includes the weight variable WEIGHT_FULL. Analysis should only be conducted using this variable to weight cases.

For additional information on the SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 2012 Election, please visit the Voting Behavior: The 2012 Election Web site.

Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

American electorate


American National Election Studies, 2012.

survey data

computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)

web-based survey

The study draws select survey questions from the American National Election Studies. These variables are grouped in 15 themes: Voting Behavior; Political Involvement and Participation; Media Exposure and Consumption; Candidate Image (respondents' perceptions of Presidential candidates); Presidential and Congressional Performance; Economic Conditions; Ideology (respondents' perceptions of how liberal/conservative candidates, parties, and themselves are); Taxation and Budget; Economic and Social Welfare; Social and Moral Issues; Women and Gender; Civil Rights and Race; Foreign Policy and National Security; General Political Attitudes and Orientations (respondents' perceptions of government, politicians, parties, and values); and Demographics and Social Characteristics.



2014-12-18 The collection was updated by the producer to include data for variables A05, A06, and R10 which were previously unavailable, as well as removing two cases, resolving data errors, and updating the descriptions and codebook.

2013-08-08 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:

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

2013-08-08 The metadata description has been edited

The data are not weighted. However, a weight variable (WEIGHT_FULL) has been included and must be used in any analysis.


  • This study is intended for instructional use, and may be subsets of the original data. Variables and/or cases may have been removed to facilitate classroom use.

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

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