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Philadelphia Voting Data, 1924-1936 (ICPSR 7551)

Principal Investigator(s): Shover, John L.


This data collection contains electoral returns for all voting divisions (precincts) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the period 1924-1936. Included are complete returns for the four presidential elections in this period as well as the voting returns for single contests for the offices of mayor, state treasurer, and governor. The data are stored in two discrete files, necessitated by the 1933 redistricting in Philadelphia. File 1 covers the period 1924-1932, and File 2 covers the period 1932-1934. Each file contains percentagized electoral returns for the Republican, Democratic, and Progressive parties, as well as information on the ethnic and racial composition of the electorate in each of the voting divisions, and the total number of voters. Also provided are percentages of native white voters, Black voters, and foreign-born voters.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS2:  File 2 - Download All Files (0.413 MB)
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Study Description


Shover, John L. PHILADELPHIA VOTING DATA, 1924-1936. ICPSR ed. Compiled by John L. Shover, University of Pennsylvania. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1978. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07551.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07551.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    demographic characteristics, election returns, historical data, local elections, national elections, political parties, state elections, voters, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1924--1936

Universe:    All voting precincts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the period 1924-1936.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.


Data Source:

(1) Registration Commission of Philadelphia. ANNUAL REPORT, and (2) THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE MANUAL, 1925-1926. Harrisburg, PA: 1926

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.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB7551.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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