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The Evangelical Voter in the United States, 1983 (ICPSR 8354)

Principal Investigator(s): Rothenberg, Stuart; Newport, Frank


Self-identified Christian voters were interviewed in this survey. Interviewers probed for responses on a variety of political issues, as well as for religious opinions and behavior. Political issues included the nuclear freeze, the Equal Rights Amendment, abortion, prayer in schools, U.S. intervention and aid in Central America, and defense spending. Other data include voting behavior in the 1980 Presidential election, projected voting in the 1984 election, and opinions of various public figures and religious groups. The importance of religious views in the selection of political candidates was assessed by each individual, in addition to opinions and experiences concerning the involvement of religious leaders with politics. Information was also gathered on religious behavior such as church attendance and watching religious television programs. Data on sex, race, educational level, occupation, income, and political party registration are included.

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Study Description


Rothenberg, Stuart, and Frank Newport. The Evangelical Voter in the United States, 1983. ICPSR08354-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-02-23. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08354.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08354.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Free Congress Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, arms race, defense expenditures, Equal Rights Amendment, foreign affairs, foreign aid, foreign policy, group political orientation, international affairs, political attitudes and behavior, political issues, political party preference, religion, voting attitudes and behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1983-07-15--1983-07-19

Date of Collection:   

  • 1983-07-15--1983-07-19

Universe:    All telephone households in the 48 contiguous United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    In a national, random-digit dial sample of telephone households, questions concerning religious beliefs were used to screen for persons fitting a specific definition of "evangelical" Christians. The sample includes--but is not limited to--both Protestants and Catholics, and includes a large number of persons identifying themselves as being "born again."

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1986-04-28

Version History:

  • 2007-02-23 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.

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