About the Project

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Charles Prysby
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Carmine Scavo

Voting Behavior: The 2004 Election is a new SETUPS (Supplementary Empirical Teaching Units in Political Science) that offers students the ability to analyze an accessible dataset drawn from the 2004 National Election Study (NES) survey of the American electorate. Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo, who have coauthored the voting behavior SETUPS modules since 1984, developed this new SETUPS module to provide students with the opportunity to analyze data from the most recent presidential election. This instructional module is part of a long line of voting behavior SETUPS, which began with the 1972 election. For over 30 years, the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) have collaborated to develop and distribute the SETUPS instructional modules. The 2004 SETUPS module differs from previous modules in that it is completely online, including the data analysis components. We hope that users find this new approach desirable, and we welcome feedback from users.

We are extremely grateful to ICPSR for its support of this project. Erik Austin and Dieter Burrell provided overall administrative leadership of this project, beginning with the initial conception of a completely online package and culminating with the completion of the product. Matthew Richardson spearheaded the design of the website. His ability to translate our materials into attractive and smoothly functioning Web pages was critical for the success of the project. Peggy Overcashier was responsible for integrating our dataset with the online data analysis system (DAS/SDA). We appreciate their efforts, not least because they were done efficiently within a very short time.

--Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo

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About the Authors

Charles Prysby is a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1973. He has coauthored each of the voting behavior SETUPS packages, beginning with the first one, which covered the 1972 election. He also is the author or coauthor of a number of other publications on elections, voting behavior, and political parties.

Carmine Scavo is an associate professor political science at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where he directs the Master of Public Administration Program and the Graduate Certificate in Security Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1986. He has been the coauthor of each of the voting behavior SETUPS since 1984. He is also the author or coauthor of publications on voting behavior, e-government, and local governance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I obtain the raw dataset?

    The analysis exercises were built from a subset of the 2004 ANES. That subset is not available for download from this website. If you're interested in obtaining a copy of the subset, please contact the authors or use the subset feature in SDA to create one.

  2. I'm having a problem with the analysis exercises. Where can I get help?

    The Contact Us page provides the email addresses for a number of individuals involved in the creation of this site. You might also wish to sign up for the SETUPS 2004 email list, where you can discuss the site with other site users.

  3. How do I cite this project/site?

    Prysby, Charles, Carmine Scavo, American Political Science Association, and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. SETUPS: Voting Behavior: The 2004 Election [website]. Greensboro, NC: Charles Prysby, University of North Carolina/Greenville, NC: Carmine Scavo, East Carolina University/Washington, DC: American Political Science Association/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producers], 2005. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005.

For questions about SETUPS content, please contact:

Charles Prysby

Carmine Scavo

For questions about the website, please contact icpsr-websupport@umich.edu.

For technical issues with the online analysis system, please contact sda-admin@icpsr.umich.edu.