ANES 1962 Time Series Study (ICPSR 7217)

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University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Political Behavior Program


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American National Election Study, 1962

This study is part of a time-series collection of national surveys fielded continuously since 1948. The election studies are designed to present data on Americans' social backgrounds, enduring political predispositions, social and political values, perceptions and evaluations of groups and candidates, opinions on questions of public policy, and participation in political life. The ANES 1962 Time Series Study is a traditional time series study, conducted face-to-face after the congressional election. The data were collected as part of the Survey Research Center Economic Behavior Program's Fall Omnibus Survey, which was designed to measure consumer confidence and optimism but also included questions in other areas such as political behavior and political attitudes. The questionnaire used served both the 1962 ANES and the Fall Omnibus, but the 1962 ANES excluded questions that were specifically gathered for the EBP survey alone. In addition to content on electoral participation, voting behavior, and public opinion, the 1962 ANES includes items on partisanship, government enforcement of school integration, and financial and business conditions.

University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Political Behavior Program. ANES 1962 Time Series Study. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-12-01.

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1962-11 -- 1962-12
1962-11-07 -- 1962-12-15
  1. For further information please see the ANES Data Center Web site.


The sample was drawn as a cross-section of the population living in private households in the continental United States. Transients, residents of institutions, and persons living on military reservations were not represented. A multistage, stratified probability sample of dwelling units was drawn in 66 primary sampling units (the 12 largest metropolitan areas and 54 other areas, selected on the basis of various controls). A unique aspect of the sampling design, characteristic of Omnibus surveys, was the respondent selection process which made use of the "head of household" concept. In the families with unmarried heads of household only the head was interviewed, and if the heads of household were married, either spouse was randomly selected and interviewed; no other household members were eligible for selection, which may have introduced some bias in the attempt to represent the universe.

Time Series: Discrete

United States citizens 18 years of age and older.



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Political Behavior Program. ANES 1962 Time Series Study. ICPSR07217-v4. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-12-01.

2016-12-01 The SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files as well as the SPSS and Stata system files and the SAS transport file were updated. A tab-delimited data file, and an R data file were added to the collection. The codebook was converted to PDF, and its content was updated. Interviewer instructions were added to the data collection instrument.

2015-11-10 The study metadata was updated.

1999-12-14 The data are now available in SAS transport and SPSS export formats, in addition to the ASCII data file. Variables in this dataset have been renumbered to the following format: 2-digit (or 2-character) prefix + 4 digits + [optional] 1-character suffix. Dataset ID and version variables have also been added. In addition, SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been created, the data collection instrument has been added to the collection as a PDF file, and the codebook has been replaced.

1984-07-06 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.

There are no weight variables in this data collection.



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