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New Approach to the Study of Ticket-Splitting

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Burden, Barry C. (Ohio State University)
  • Kimball, David C. (Southern Illinois University)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
congressional elections; presidential elections; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    This dataset contains presidential and congressional election totals at the state and congressional district level for 1988. Using a new solution to the ecological inference problem developed by Gary King, the investigators used these data to estimate the proportion of voters splitting their ballots in each electoral unit. The variation in ticket-splitting across electoral units was then examined. The investigators found that, contrary to balancing arguments, voters were not intentionally splitting their tickets to produce divided government and moderate policies. In most cases split outcomes were a byproduct of lopsided congressional campaigns that featured well-funded, high-quality candidates versus unknown competitors, and split-ticket voting was largely unintentional.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) Three ASCII files are submitted: HOUSE88.DAT, which contains data at the congressional district for 1988, SENATE88.DAT, which contains data at the state level for 1988, and READTHIS.TXT, which provides a description of the variables in the other two data files. (2) These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigator(s) if further information is desired.

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 1140 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Burden, Barry C.; Kimball, David C. (1998): New Approach to the Study of Ticket-Splitting. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.