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SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 1988 Election (ICPSR 9249)

Principal Investigator(s): Prysby, Charles; Scavo, Carmine


This SETUPS is designed as an introduction to the study of elections, voting behavior, and survey data through the analysis of the 1988 United States general election. The data are taken from the AMERICAN NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1988: PRE- AND POST-ELECTION SURVEY (ICPSR 9196), conducted by Warren E. Miller and the National Election Studies. A subset of items including behavioral, attitudinal, and sociodemographic data were drawn from the full election survey.

Series: SETUPS Series

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  • This study is intended for instructional use, and may be subsets of the original data. Variables and/or cases may have been removed to facilitate classroom use.

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Study Description


Prysby, Charles, and Carmine Scavo. SETUPS: VOTING BEHAVIOR: THE 1988 ELECTION. Ann Arbor, MI: Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo [producers], 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09249.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09249.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    computer programs, government, instructional materials, national elections, political attitudes, political participation, politics, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988

Universe:    All respondents who completed both a pre- and post-election interview in the 1988 American National Election Study. The sampling universe for that study was all United States citizens of voting age on or before November 8, 1988, residing in housing units other than on military reservations in the 48 coterminous states.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data for this instructional subset are distributed by ICPSR through an arrangement with the American Political Science Association (APSA). Manuals for use with the data are available from the APSA Division of Educational Affairs. Arrangements have been made for individuals at ICPSR member institutions to obtain a bulk order discount on the price of the manuals supplied by the APSA. Faculty should notify the Association of eligibility for the discount and insure that the bookstore order form also indicates Consortium membership. For users with microcomputers running the PC-DOS or MS-DOS operating systems, the dataset can be supplied as an ABC file on floppy disks with a subsetted version of the ABC statistical software package included on the disks.


Sample:    National multistage area probability sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-09-26

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