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National Election Study, 1944 (ICPSR 7210)

Principal Investigator(s): National Opinion Research Center


This study was conducted in two waves, before and after the 1944 presidential election. Of the 2,564 respondents surveyed in the first wave, 2,030 were reinterviewed after the election. Respondents were queried about their party identification, opinions on postwar issues, voting intentions and expectations about the outcome of the election, sources of political information, the importance they attached to the election, and who they believed to be candidates Franklin Roosevelt's and Thomas Dewey's supporters. In addition, open-ended questions tapped areas the respondents considered to be major problems, campaign issues that influenced their vote, party differences, evaluations of major presidential candidates, and the candidates' ability to deal with specified problems. Post-election questions (V79-V123) elicited the respondents' opinions on post-war political and economic issues, the electoral campaign, and Roosevelt's reelection. Variables also probed the respondents' actual voting behavior and the reasons for their choice. Demographic data include sex, race, age group, and level of education, as well as ethnic and religious affiliations.

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Study Description


National Opinion Research Center. NATIONAL ELECTION STUDY, 1944. Conducted by University of Denver, National Opinion Research Center. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1991.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    campaign issues, candidates, Dewey, Thomas, elections, national economy, national elections, party membership, political affiliation, political awareness, poitical campaigns, political issues, political parties, Roosevelt, Franklin D., presidential election, voter expectations, voting behavior, World War II

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1944

Universe:    Voting-age population of the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    National quota sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-19

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