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

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


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.

Series: SETUPS Series

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Study Description


Prysby, Charles, Carmine Scavo, American Political Science Association, and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 2012 Election. ICPSR34808-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-12-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34808.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34808.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Bush, George W., Clinton, Hillary, congressional elections, economic issues, elections, federal budget deficit, foreign policy, gays and lesbians, gender issues, government performance, government spending, immigrants, instructional modules, media use, Medicare, national elections, national security, news media, Obama, Barack, patriotism, political attitudes, political behavior, political participation, presidential elections, public opinion, race, race relations, racial discrimination, Romney, Mitt, social issues, social welfare, taxes, Tea Party movement, voter attitudes, voters, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    region

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2012-09--2012-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-09--2012-12

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    American electorate

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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.


Time Method:    Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

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

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), web-based survey

Data Source:

American National Election Studies, 2012.

Description of Variables:    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.

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:

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


Original ICPSR Release:   2013-08-08

Version History:

  • 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 The metadata description has been edited


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