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American National Election Pilot Study, Spring 1979 (ICPSR 7709)

Principal Investigator(s): Miller, Warren E.; Kinder, Donald R.; Rosenstone, Steven J.; Unknown


This study is part of a time-series collection of national surveys fielded continuously since 1952. The election studies are designed to present data on Americans' social backgrounds, enduring political predispositions, social and political values, perceptions and evaluations of groups and candidates, opinions on questions of public policy, and participation in political life. In conjunction with research and development efforts for AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1980 (ICPSR 7763), this small national pilot survey was conducted utilizing 30 primary sampling units. Respondents were interviewed in March 1979 and reinterviewed in April 1979. The survey focused on the evaluation of candidates (their traits and affects), the dimensions of partisanship, assessment of inflation versus unemployment, social context (friends and neighborhood), and the follow-up of the national problems deemed most important by respondents, such as inflation, the federal budget, the balance of trade, changes in the economy, and the efficacy of governmental intervention in domestic affairs.

Series: American National Election Study (ANES) Series

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Study Description


Miller, Warren E., Donald R. Kinder, Steven J. Rosenstone, and Unknown. American National Election Pilot Study, Spring 1979. ICPSR07709-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07709.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07709.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    candidates, congressional elections, domestic policy, economic conditions, foreign policy, government performance, information sources, national elections, political affiliation, political attitudes, political campaigns, political efficacy, political issues, political participation, presidential elections, public approval, public opinion, special interest groups, trust in government, voter expectations, voter history, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1979

Universe:    Citizens of voting age living in private households in 24 states of the United States: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The SAS transport file was created using the SAS CPORT procedure.

This pilot study differed from other pilots in two respects: its sample was independent of the previous year's

, and it employed personal interviews instead of telephone interviews.


Sample:    Five male heads of household and five female spouses or heads of household of various ages and from varied socioeconomic backgrounds in 30 primary sampling areas. The same respondents were interviewed for both Wave I and Wave II.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-19

Version History:

  • 2000-05-17 The data for this study are now available in SAS transport and SPSS export formats in addition to the ASCII data file. Variables in this dataset have been renumbered to the following format: 2-digit (or 2-character) year prefix + 4 digits + [optional] 1-character suffix. Dataset ID and version variables have also been added. Also, multiple response variables that were previously numbered with suffixes "M1", "M2", etc., are now numbered with suffixes "A", "B", "C", etc. In addition, a PDF codebook and SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been added to this study.

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