The Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge Youth Post-Election Survey 2012 (ICPSR 35012)
Published: Mar 24, 2016 View help for published
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The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) conducted this study, which surveyed 4,483 participants aged 18 to 24 about their political participation and their educational experiences. Interviews began the day after the 2012 presidential election and continued on for 6 weeks after the election. Survey questions covered topics such as voter turnout, electoral engagement, informed voting, voter registration, voting behavior, political and campaign knowledge, and voting consistency with one's personal opinion on a campaign issue of one's choice. Additional topics covered included the respondents' background experiences, their experiences with various forms of civic education in schools, families and community settings, their current involvement with civic groups, the political climate of their state, and the education and voting laws enforced in their state. Demographic information collected about each respondent included age, race, gender, education, employment status, and religion.
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This collection contains a string variable with values that exceed character length limits in the statistical packages. This variable has been made available and can be linked to the dataset by CASEID.
This collection contains variables drawn from the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI). For additional information regarding these variables, please visit the Pew Charitable Trusts Web site.
This collection contains variables from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. For additional information, please visit the Brennan Center For Justice Web site.
For additional information regarding this study, please visit The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement Web site .
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The survey used three parallel forms, each containing 75 questions. All respondents answered the core set of 45 questions. Other questions were split among the three forms such that each form contained 2 of 3 "blocks" of questions, resulting in 30 additional questions. Thus, the sample universe sizes range from approximately 2,900 to the full 4,483.
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The sample was collected via Random Digit Dialing conducted by Universal Survey, Inc. Two-thirds of the respondents were drawn from cell-phone numbers and the remainder from land-line numbers. There was an oversample of African American and Hispanic respondents.
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American citizens 18-24 years of age.
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- Levine, Peter. The Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge Youth Post-Election Survey 2012. ICPSR35012-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-03-24. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35012.v2
2016-03-24 Study has been added to the CivicLEADS archive. Additional variable-level metadata have been created, and SDA has been released.
2014-06-04 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:
- Created variable labels and/or value labels.
- Created online analysis version with question text.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
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The data are not weighted; however, the dataset contains three weight variables (WEIGHT_FINAL, WEIGHTPOP2, and SAMPLEWEIGHT2) which users may wish to apply during analysis. Post stratification was calculated (WEIGHT_FINAL) in order to match the weighted sample to Census Current Population Survey March 2012 population supplement characteristics of 18-24 year old citizens. Weights are based on race and gender.
The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.
- The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. Please see version history for more details.
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