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Voting Behavior: The 2012 Election

by Charles Prysby and Carmine Scavo

About the Project

Voting Behavior: The 2012 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 2012 American National Election Study (ANES) 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 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 40 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. The 2012 SETUPS module continues the model begun in 2004 of being completely online. We hope users find this approach desirable, and we welcome their feedback.

We are grateful to ICPSR for its support of this project. Lynette Hoelter and Sue Hodge provided overall administrative leadership of this project. 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. Kevin Kapalla and Luofu Ye were responsible for integrating our dataset with the online data analysis system (SDA).

—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. 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 of political science at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. 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 state and local governance.

Contact Us

For questions about SETUPS content, please contact:

Charles Prysby
prysby@uncg.edu

Carmine Scavo
scavoc@ecu.edu

For questions about the website or technical issues with the online analysis system, please contact web-support@icpsr.umich.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I obtain the raw dataset?

    The analysis exercises were built from a subset of the 2012 American National Election Study (ANES). That subset is available for download from the ICPSR website.

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

    The Contact Us section above provides the email addresses of the individuals involved in the creation of this site.

  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 2012 Election. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013.

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