Survey of State Legislators Relationship with their Districts, 2008 (ICPSR 36585)

Published: Oct 25, 2016

Principal Investigator(s):
Rebekah Herrick, Oklahoma State University

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The Survey of State Legislators Relationship with their Districts, 2008 collection represents data from state legislators within states that passed an initiative or referendum on same-sex marriage and who responded to a fall 2008 mail survey.

The legislators were surveyed about information they use to make decisions (including measures of trustee and delegate styles), how much time they and their staff spend on different tasks, how they try to stay in contact with their constituents (communication methods and social media use), as well as their perceptions of their constituents issue positions. Data were also collected about the district population demographics and ideologies. Additional information was collected about the legislators' previous positions, previous election, and their ambitions regarding whether they aspired to hold a similar office or otherwise.

Demographic information included in this collection are sex, year born, and political ideology.

Herrick, Rebekah. Survey of State Legislators Relationship with their Districts, 2008 . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-10-25.

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2008-11 -- 2008-12

Half of the state legislators from the selected states were chosen to receive a survey using an alphabetical list and selecting every other legislator.


State legislators living in 26 states which had passed an initiative or referenda on same-sex marriage in 2008.


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2016-10-25 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.

No weights are present and the data are not weighted.


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

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