The Codebook

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    Please note the PDF file contains weighted marginals; DAS provides unweighted marginals in its codebook.

The SETUPS dataset consists of 160 variables drawn from the National Election Study described in Survey Research Methods. These 160 variables contain information about the attitudes, behavior, and characteristics of the 1,066 respondents who were part of both the pre- and post-election surveys. In addition to the 160 substantive variables, the dataset also includes respondent identification numbers and weights for each case, but these are not variables that users will analyze.

The 160 substantive variables are all categoric variables. To make the analysis simple, we have recoded many of the variables in order to reduce the number of possible categories to a fairly limited number. No variable has more than seven valid categories.

The codebook contains information for each of the variables. To view the list of variables and the details for each of the yvariables, select the "Browse codebook in this window" option on the main page of DAS/SDA. When the list of variables appears, you can click on any variable name, which will produce the codebook information. It does not matter whether you select the sequential or the alphabetical variable list, as they contain the same information.

Most of the variables are relatively straightforward and need little additional explanation beyond what is in the codebook, but some variables require a more thorough explanation see additional information on selected variables.